Juliette Haas Receives the Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership
A deep commitment to protecting her local environment and community has earned Juliette Haas of Egremont the Center for EcoTechnology’s inaugural Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership.
Haas, who serves as Director of the Egremont Board of Health and Egremont Sustainability Coordinator, received the award at a meeting of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce at the Pittsfield Country Club on March 11. The award was presented by the Center for EcoTechnology’s President John Majercak and long-time former Co-Director Laura Dubester. The award honors Dubester and the late Alan Silverstein, who co-directed the Center for EcoTechnology for 30 years. They retired from their Co-Director positions in 2010.
The Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership is awarded by the Center for EcoTechnology 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 humans can have on the environment – and the positive steps people can take at home, work and in their communities that help protect the environment, improve public health and build community.
“This award honors Alan and Laura’s achievements, and brings recognition to individuals who demonstrate community and environmental leadership through their vision, persistence, collaboration, community education and accomplishments,” said Majercak. “We feel the best way to honor their work is to recognize similar work and commitment of other remarkable people, such as Juliette, in our communities.”
Haas has led a number of energy efficiency, renewable energy and waste reduction initiatives in Egremont. She secured grant funding to improve the town’s Highway Department, including installing a new energy efficient heating system and a solar array. Since going solar, the array has generated over 50,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy. In 2009, while chairing the Egremont Green Committee, she launched “Egremont Recycles”, a once-a-year Earth Day event where volunteers pick up roadside trash and then recycle it. She also helped the town establish a part-time Sustainability Coordinator position, whose job responsibilities would be to investigate further energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling/waste reduction programs. She recently served as Solar Coach for the state sponsored “Solarize Mass” project, helping forty Egremont households install solar arrays.
Haas served as administrator to the Egremont Wastewater Management Committee from 2002-2005, where she was instrumental in presenting a $4 million sewer project to the town, which secured close to $1 million in federal grant funding. She served for five years on the Alford/Egremont Cultural Council and was chairman for three.
For nearly 40 years, the Center for EcoTechnology, a non-profit organization, has helped people in western Massachusetts save energy and reduce waste in their homes and businesses. CET’s staff provide practical solutions that save energy, materials and money and have a positive impact on our community, economy and environment.
Silverstein and Dubester were pioneers in the environmental movement. From 1977 to 2010 they worked tirelessly at the Center for EcoTechnology to create and implement many successful and innovative community-based environmental initiatives and inspire others to do the same.