Press Release: State, Local Officials Gather to Discuss the Issue of Wasted Food in Rhode Island

November 20, 2018

For Further information:
Lorenzo Macaluso, CET, 413-218-1543


ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT TODAY:

  • Buxton Hollow Farm, North Smithfield, RI
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Photo Op: compost operation tour

State, Local Officials Gather to Discuss the Issue of Wasted Food in Rhode Island
The Center for EcoTechnology has received federal funding to help address the critical issue

For many people in Rhode Island, Thanksgiving is a time of family gatherings and enjoyable eating. It’s also a time when many people and businesses donate to food rescue organizations, food pantries and soup kitchens, to ensure that the state’s hungriest people get warm, nutritious meals.

Meanwhile, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 40% of food in the USA goes uneaten. This wasted food is valued at approximately $165 billion annually and when disposed of in a landfill, is a significant contributor to greenhouse gases. Diversion from disposal of food waste in the State, be it by reduction of such waste in the first place, by donation to feed people or animals, or by composting and anaerobic digestion, is a priority.

New Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will address this issue by providing technical assistance to help businesses and institutions reduce wasted food.

The funding was announced today by Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin at Buxton Hollow Farm in North Smithfield. The announcement also highlighted the farm’s impressive compost operation, run by The Compost Plant.

With the Federal funds it has received, CET expects to provide technical assistance to many businesses across the state to successfully and cost effectively implement strategies to address their wasted food.  These efforts will also help businesses like the Compost Plant, grow and succeed.

“The amount of food that is wasted every year is staggering,” said Congressman Langevin, who has convened a Rhode Island Food Advisory Committee to better understand the agriculture and dining landscape in the state. “That’s why I’m thrilled that the Center for EcoTechnology has secured federal funding to help businesses across Rhode Island address this problem through efficient and cost-effective strategies. Food is a precious resource, and we cannot afford to waste it.”

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Press Release: State, Local Officials Cut Ribbon on Solar Access Clean Energy System for Amherst Homeowner

            10/15/2018

CONTACT:
Emily Gaylord, Center for EcoTechnology
413.687.2132 (cell) | 413.586.7350 ext. 236
emily.gaylord@cetonline.org
 

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State, Local Officials Cut Ribbon on Clean Energy System for Amherst Homeowner

 Solar, renewable heating system funded by state program for low-to moderate income residents

Amherst, Mass., October 15, 2018 – State officials from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center today joined representatives from the Center for EcoTechnology and UMass Five Credit Union to celebrate the recent completion of a solar and renewable heating system for a homeowner in Amherst. Paulina Alenkina, a homeowner in Amherst, flipped the switch on her home’s new renewable-powered heating system as part of Solar Access, a state-supported program for homeowners installing solar panels with heat pump technology. The program is funded through the state’s Affordable Clean Residential Energy Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as part of the Baker administration’s $15 million Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy initiative.

Solar Access is a time-limited pilot program for middle-income homeowners in Massachusetts. There are many programs that offer financial help to pay for a portion of the cost of solar or a cold climate air source heat pump. This program, available to only 100 homeowners, combines solar electric and air source heat pump incentives with a state-sponsored loan to fully finance both technologies. CET, a local non-profit, has partnered with SunBug Solar and Girard Heating and Air Conditioning to bring affordable, renewable energy to those who may not readily be able to purchase this technology. Participants in the program enroll in a UMassFive Credit Union loan and pay less than they spend now on energy costs. To participate, a family of four would need to fall in the income range of $68,289.01 – $91,052.00. Participants can call CET with income-related questions. Alenkina, a CET employee, was one of the first homeowners to sign up. Five more projects will come online this month.

“Participating was a no-brainer,” said homeowner Paulina Alenkina. “My family and I are saving on my energy bills and getting clean energy all at the same time.”

Solar Access is truly a community effort, and is supported by the MassCEC and the DOER.

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Berkshire Community College Receives 2018 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership

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The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Green Team has received the 2018 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology.

The BCC Green Team was founded in 2008. They received the award Thursday, April 26, at the Earth Day forum. Laura Dubester and CET Associate Director Nancy Nylen were the presenters. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, a couple who served as co-directors of CET for 22 years until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.

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Press Release: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Rathmann Challenge for Pioneering and Expanding Commercial Composting in the Northeast

Contact: 

John Majercak, President, Center for EcoTechnology, 413.586.7350 extension 228; john.majercak@cetonline.org

Lorenzo Macaluso, Client Services Director, Center for EcoTechnology, 413.218.1543 (cell); lorenzo.macaluso@cetonline.org

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Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Rathmann Challenge for Pioneering and Expanding Commercial Composting in the Northeast

CET Receives the Top Honor and $300,000 Funding Opportunity

November 1, 2017 – Northampton, MA. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET), a local non-profit organization, has been awarded Top Honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost, for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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Peter Hofman Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s Local Environmental Leadership Award

 

 

 

*For Immediate Release*

Contact: John Majercak, Center for EcoTechnology President, 413-586-7350 x228

Peter Hofman Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s
Local Environmental Leadership Award
Lee Resident Receives 2017 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership

 

5/18/17 Pittsfield, MA – Peter Hofman, chair of the Town of Lee Greener Gateways Committee, of Lee, Mass., has received the 2017 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology.

Hofman chairs the Lee Greener Gateways Committee, and has been an active member since he and his wife, Phyllis, moved to the Berkshires in late 2013. John Majercak, CET’s President, presented Hofman the award today at the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Networking Before Nine event in Great Barrington. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, who served as co-directors of CET for 22 years until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.

The award is given by CET to a local citizen who is working in his or her community to benefit the local environment with a focus on reducing the harmful impacts that humans can have on the environment, and the positive steps that people can take at home, work, and in their communities that help protect the environment, improve quality of life, and build community.

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