CET Celebrates 40 Years of Environmental Work!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

The Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste for 40 years! We love being a part of this community and helping so many people take Go Green actions. Our 40th year will culminate with the completion of our 2014-16 Go Green Goals:

  • Helping 80,000 people take go green actions.     go-green-square
  • Reducing our energy usage by an amount equal to taking 40,000 homes off the grid for a year.
  • Reducing our carbon footprint equal to taking about 100,000 cars off the road for a year.
  • Creating $100 million in lifetime energy and waste     savings for residents and business owners.

Our recent 40th Anniversary Staff Celebration was a huge success! CET employees and their families came together at the Mill 180 Park to celebrate four decades of groundbreaking environmental work. This event was a small token of appreciation for the important work that dedicated CET employees do every day. Here’s to another 40 years!

A special thanks goes to our party planning committee: Cat Thomson, Casey Simpson, Amy Weber, Allison Zeigler, Renee Stearns, Kevin Pink, Emily Gaylord, and Cory Mansell, who have been volunteering their time for the past five months. And thank you to Ben Coe for these fantastic photos!

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Celebrating 40 Years: Farm Energy

By Kevin Pink, Customer Service & Marketing Assistant

It’s getting to be that time of year; across New England, farmer’s markets are in full swing and abundant harvests of cucumbers, tomatoes, and all manner of other summer crops are making their way from farms to our tables along with milk, cheese, and meat. With harvest festivals just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about the farms that produce thcowe foods that keep us nourished.

At the Center for EcoTechnology, we’ve been working with farms for decades. Farms have a lot of the same energy needs as other businesses we work with, and in many cases, they have additional needs. In the 1990s, we began working with farmers to implement food waste composting on farms and augment it to accept commercially-generated food scraps, offering farms an additional option for revenue. We later expanded our work with farms to include helping to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities and processes.

Beginning in 2002, CET managed the Energy and Small Farm Sustainability Project, funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant from the USDA and matching funds from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the United States Department of Energy. This project researched, implemented, and showcased energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects for farms in Western Massachusetts, offering free technical assistance and recommendations for next steps. CET staff also helped farmers research and secure grant funding, financing, and utility and tax incentives to install energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems.

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Celebrating 40 Years: EcoBuilding Bargains

By Kelsey Colpitts, Marketing Specialist

This year, the Center for EcoTechnology is celebrating some very exciting milestones. In addition to our upcoming 40th anniversary, we also celebrate 15 years of operation of our reuse store, EcoBuilding Bargains (formerly the ReStore Home Improvement Center) and 5 year’s operating the store at our location on Warwick Street.

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Center for EcoTechnology Wins Environmental Business Council of New England Award

Primary Contact: John Majercak, President
413-586-7350 ext. 228 | john.majercak@cetonline.org

Secondary Contact: Emily Susan Gaylord, Marketing Manager
413.687.2132 (cell) | emily.gaylord@cetonline.org
 

Boston, MA – The Center for EcoTechnology was delighted to accept an award from the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) for their 23rd Annual EBEE Awards. The Center for EcoTechnology was honored on June 16 at the Annual EBEE Awards Celebration, held at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, Massachusetts. This recognition followed the Center for EcoTechnology’s Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office.

“Together with our partners we have been working toward reducing waste,” said Center for EcoTechnology President John Majercak. “Reducing food waste specifically has been an active part of our mission for a long time and we are encouraged by how much progress we have made.”

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Celebrating 40 Years: Building Green

By Kelsey Colpitts, Marketing Fellow  

In October, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy efficient state for the fifth year in a row! Since 1976, the Center for EcoTechnology has contributed to this progress and remained on the cutting edge of green building technology. To celebrate our 40th year, we look at the green construction services, education and support CET has provided to help save residents and builders money and energy.

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