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We work with partners throughout the country to address climate change by transforming the way we live and work – for a better community, economy, and environment.

For more than 40 years, our innovative non-profit organization has offered practical solutions to save money, increase the health and comfort of our homes, and help businesses perform better.

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CET’s History

Since 1976, the Center for EcoTechnology has helped lead the way to a more sustainable society through innovative pilot programs and production scale services. With our partners in the community and government and business, our collective efforts have transformed the way we live and work for a better community, economy and environment. Here is a sampling of some of our work together over the years:

1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010+

1970s: Heightened awareness of the environment signified by first Earth Day, national environmental legislation (Clean Air and Clean Water acts, National Energy Act) and establishment of EPA; decade of oil crises and oil embargo.

1976 – CET Founded
Home Energy Audits
Renewable Energy
Project SUEDE
Workshops
Energy Detective

1976 – CET Founded

1976 – CET was founded in Pittsfield, Massachusetts:

CET is one of the few environmental organizations of its kind across the country that was founded in the 1970s and still exists today in a similar form

Home Energy Audits

Pioneer in energy conservation including designing
and offering the first energy audits in homes:

This early work helped pave the way for today’s
award-winning statewide Mass Save program

Renewable Energy

Leader in renewable energy including first passive solar
greenhouse – at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Project SUEDE

Launched project SUEDE, a solar demonstration program that trained unemployed people in solar and energy conservation theory and carpentry, and installed 31 solar space heating systems in low-income households.

Workshops

Conducted informational workshops on energy efficient design for new construction, solar hot water, wind energy, solar greenhouses,
solar retrofitting your home:

The technologies and programs change over time, but we are still
teaching people about them today

Energy Detective

Developed Energy Detective curriculum for elementary schools.

1980s: High energy costs; increased interest in conservation; solar tax credits; decade of the garbage crisis.

Small Business Energy Program
Energy Circuit Rider
Berkshire Training and Employment Program
Energy Financing Programs
Springfield Materials Recycling Facility
Public Access Television
Conservation Law Foundation
Regional Program Operators
Northampton Office
CET Heating Oil Cooperative

Small Business Energy Program

Small business energy program provided some of the first energy assessments for businesses to identify opportunities to increase their energy efficiency.

Energy Circuit Rider

Energy Circuit Rider provided grant writing services to municipalities to apply for funding to install energy conservation measures.

Berkshire Training and Employment Program

BTEP – Berkshire Training and Employment Program – conducted
weatherization training for unemployed youth.

Energy Financing Programs

Energy financing programs for efficiency and renewable energy:

Solar Bank – administered 0% loan program that wrote down the principal and provide zero interest financing for residents to install solar hot water systems

Heat Loan program – helped administer one of the first financing programs to help residents install solar and energy efficiency improvements

Over the decades, the HEAT Loan and Solar Loan programs and others like them have helped millions of people across the country

Springfield Materials Recycling Facility

Expanded services to include waste management and recycling, including working with towns to pass mandatory recycling bylaws so they could join the local Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF):

The Springfield MRF remains the only public-private
partnership like it in Massachusetts

Public Access Television

Conducted public education about do’s and don’ts of recycling at community meetings on public access television.

Conservation Law Foundation

Joined with the Conservation Law Foundation and other energy and environmental groups to file suit against utility companies to deliver
conservation and efficiency programs.

Regional Program Operators

Participated in network of Regional Program Operators to provide energy programs to communities of western Massachusetts:

These initial efforts and others like them helped pave the way for today’s statewide Green Communities Program and the development of sustainability volunteer committees and staff in many towns

Northampton Office

Opened office in Northampton to better serve
four western Massachusetts counties.

CET Heating Oil Cooperative

Launched the CET Heating Oil Cooperative to provide fair pricing and quality service along with information about energy efficiency and
renewable energy programs and services:

CET eventually discontinued this program in favor of other
renewable energy products and services

1990s – Utility energy efficiency programs grew; federal solar tax incentives disappeared; electric restructuring occurred; municipal recycling grows

Pittsfield Business Recycling Cooperative
Non-profit Energy Efficiency Program
Expanded Environmental Education Programming
Materials Exchange
DIY Workshops
Compost Bin Distribution Program
Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sessions
Household Hazardous Waste
Commercial Food Waste Composting
Radon
Greylock Glen Development

Pittsfield Business Recycling Cooperative

Launched the Pittsfield Business Recycling Cooperative in 1997
to collect office paper from small businesses:

Our efforts and others like it helped encourage private recycling haulers
and on-site shredding companies to enter the market.

Non-profit Energy Efficiency Program

Conducted Non-profit energy efficiency program which provided energy assessments and helped non-profits apply for funding to install measures.

Expanded Environmental Education Programming

Expanded environmental education programming including interactive videoconferences, first Berkshire Junior Solar Sprint, REAPS school recycling program, and Earth Stewards after school program.

Materials Exchange

Established the Materials Exchange – one of the first web-based
materials swap sites for businesses:

This was before E-Bay, Freecycle, Craig’s list and all the other
great online materials reuse platforms we have today

DIY Workshops

Conducted workshops on energy efficient lighting, do-it-yourself
window insulation and backyard composting.

Compost Bin Distribution Program

Created the first home compost bin distribution pilot program, which sold compost bins made of recycled plastic collected in Massachusetts:

This pilot was the catalyst for a future statewide equipment program for municipalities which still continues today

Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sessions

Conducted informational sessions about climate change and renewable energy.

Household Hazardous Waste

Organized Household Hazardous Waste collection days.

Commercial Food Waste Composting

Created first pilot programs for composting of food waste
from supermarkets and restaurants on farms.

Radon

Offered radon education and mitigation program.

Greylock Glen Development

Produced Sustainable Development blueprint for Town of
Adams and proposed Greylock Glen development.

2000s: Some increased public awareness about climate change; MA Global Warming Solutions Act and Green Communities Act enacted, MA became a national leader in investment in efficiency and renewable energy; Mass DEP expanded waste bans/recycling programs.

Leader in Building Consumer Awareness
Expanded Role in Energy Efficiency
EarthShare New England
Expanded Waste Management and Recycling Services
ReStore Home Improvement Center
Building Deconstruction Services
AmeriCorps*VISTA
Services for Farms

Leader in Building Consumer Awareness

CET became a Massachusetts leader in building consumer awareness, acceptance and demand for energy efficiency and renewable energy:

Helped address early barriers to adoption of PV in nonprofits and municipalities with multiple installations and collaborated on some of the first third-party ownership models

Convened the Berkshire Renewable Energy Collaborative

Provide informational workshops and public forums, recruited and promoted participants for annual Green Building Open House tour

Coordinated and conducted wind energy tours

In partnership with Green Energy Consumers Alliance, enrolled 1,500 households in New England GreenStart renewable electricity

Helped towns earn over $500,000 in matching funds and grants to implement local clean energy projects. This effort also helped fund some of the first sustainability staff positons in local government

Established Climate Action Circuit Rider services: Held “Greening Your Community” workshops for communities throughout western Massachusetts

Help municipal and citizen energy and climate action committees establish goals and strategies and conduct outreach. Today many communities have staff and/or volunteers that work with others in regional and state government
to perform this critical work

Helped communities achieve Green Community designation including
passing the stretch energy code

Expanded Role in Energy Efficiency

Expanded role in delivering residential and commercial energy efficiency:

Conducted energy assessments in thousands of households for
local gas and electric utility companies

Provided contractor arranging and air sealing and quality assurance to help homeowners implement energy saving measures. Eventually we and others were able to help develop the industry enough that air sealing could be
provided by local insulation contractors

Conducted energy assessments for hundreds of businesses and municipalities through utility and state funded programs

Launched and expanded High Performance Building services and offered ENERGY STAR for Homes and U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes programs

Created and launched some of the first energy efficiency
programs for multi-family buildings

EarthShare New England

Was a founding member of EarthShare New England, a federation of environmental and conservation organizations

Expanded Waste Management and Recycling Services

Expanded waste management and recycling services, including
composting and toxic use reduction:

Expanded paper recycling services to north Berkshire County;
began to offer document destruction/shredding

Helped residents reduce the use of toxic materials in and around their homes and educated residents and businesses about the toxic effects of
mercury on both human health and the environment

Developed and implemented a pilot effort to help western Massachusetts businesses recycle mercury-bearing fluorescent lamps

Started and expanded mercury reduction programs for waste-to-energy facilities including collection from medical facilities

Helped schools and businesses set up organics
collection and composting programs

Created and organized the first several annual Organic Waste Summits in Massachusetts for industry and government. This work helped pave the way for an eventual food waste disposal ban in Massachusetts and other states, and a national food waste reduction goal

Published some of the first wasted food diversion studies and toolkits, including “Building a Market-Based System for On-Farm Composting of Off-farm Food Waste,” and “Restaurant and School Food Waste Composting Toolkit”

Developed Greening Your Business services and workshops

ReStore Home Improvement Center

Opened ReStore Home Improvement Center
(now EcoBuilding Bargains) in Springfield in 2001:

This was one of the first stores of its kind in the country and helped change attitudes and styles regarding building materials reuse

Building Deconstruction Services

Launched pilot building deconstruction services:

A growing number of contractors now offer deconstruction services

AmeriCorps*VISTA

Helped launch the AmeriCorps*VISTA Recycle for Gold program and
host a total of 25 members over many years.

Services for Farms

Provided information and technical services for farms to reduce costs through energy efficiency and increase their use of renewable energy:

Conducted Energy and Small Farm Sustainability Project with funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) grant

Conducted on-farm tours to highlight examples of energy efficient lighting, refrigeration, and milking equipment and renewable energy for water pumping, irrigation, and other electrical needs

Conducted methane digestion information session and facilitated feasibility study for anaerobic digestion to produce electricity at two area farms

Installed solar PV to power refrigeration and irrigation at farms with funding from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and U.S. Department of Energy

2010-present: Growing awareness of climate change; state energy goals skyrocket; wasted food becomes a major regional and national issue; upcycling becomes stylish; CET undergoes a statewide and regional expansion

EcoBuilding Bargains Expanded
New Location Transformed
Building Science Training
Expansion Residential Efficiency Programs
Weatherization Boot Camp
RecyclingWorks MA Launched
Mass Farm Energy Program
Green Team Program
CET EcoFellowship Launched
Commercial Programs Expanded
Mercury Reduction Programs
Community Solar
Goal Setting and Tracking
Launched Wasted Food Solutions
Boston Zero Waste and Harvard Food Waste Ban
Solar Access Program
Healthy Homes Program
Solar Hot Water Program
Passive House and Zero Energy
High Performance Multifamily Projects

EcoBuilding Bargains Expanded

EcoBuilding Bargains expanded to a much larger facility to become the largest store of its type in New England.

New Location Transformed

A deep energy retrofit of the new location transformed the 100-year old structure into a high performance green building with a public classroom.

Building Science Training

Expanded role in building science training and curriculum development:

Educated building inspectors and professionals about the State’s energy code and residential green building programs in order to increase energy
efficiency in new construction

Developed and taught Pathways out of Poverty job training classes

Produced MassGreen Curriculum for statewide community college use

Expansion Residential Efficiency Programs

Expansion of residential energy efficiency programs
offerings and production levels.

Weatherization Boot Camp

Co-operate statewide Weatherization Boot Camp to expand the number and experience of home weatherization contractors.

RecyclingWorks MA Launched

Award-winning statewide RecyclingWorks MA program launched and expanded.

Mass Farm Energy Program

Statewide Mass Farm Energy Program expanded to help farms with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Green Team Program

Green Team statewide school waste reduction educational program expanded.

CET EcoFellowship Launched

CET EcoFellowship launched to help develop tomorrow’s environmental leaders:

Our EcoFellows have gone on to positions of increasing responsibility at CET, The Union of Concerned Scientists, CERES, NESEA, Smith College,
Boeing, Schneider Electric and more

Commercial Programs Expanded

Commercial and small business energy efficiency programs expanded statewide.

Mercury Reduction Programs

Started and expanded mercury reduction programs for the thermostat industry throughout the Northeast and beyond.

Community Solar

Developed plans for a community solar pilot project.

Goal Setting and Tracking

Began mission impact goal setting and tracking including carbon reduction impact to address climate change.

Launched Wasted Food Solutions

Launched Wasted Food Solutions service and regional/national expansion of wasted food efforts.

Boston Zero Waste and Harvard Food Waste Ban

Co-created Boston Zero Waste Plan and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Food Waste Ban Toolkit.

Solar Access Program

Launched Solar Access pilot program for middle income homes.

Healthy Homes Program

Launched Healthy Homes pilot program for asthma and COPD patients.

Solar Hot Water Program

Created and implemented commercial Solar Hot Water statewide pilot program.

Passive House and Zero Energy

Added Passive House and Zero Energy approaches to
High Performance Building services.

High Performance Multifamily Projects

Served a growing number of high performance affordable multifamily new construction projects.

1970s: Heightened awareness of the environment signified by first Earth Day, national environmental legislation (Clean Air and Clean Water acts, National Energy Act) and establishment of EPA; decade of oil crises and oil embargo.

1976 – CET Founded
Home Energy Audits
Renewable Energy
Project SUEDE
Workshops
Energy Detective

1976 – CET Founded

1976 – CET was founded in Pittsfield, Massachusetts:

CET is one of the few environmental organizations of its kind across the country that was founded in the 1970s and still exists today in a similar form

Home Energy Audits

Pioneer in energy conservation including designing
and offering the first energy audits in homes:

This early work helped pave the way for today’s
award-winning statewide Mass Save program

Renewable Energy

Leader in renewable energy including first passive solar
greenhouse – at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Project SUEDE

Launched project SUEDE, a solar demonstration program that trained unemployed people in solar and energy conservation theory and carpentry, and installed 31 solar space heating systems in low-income households.

Workshops

Conducted informational workshops on energy efficient design for new construction, solar hot water, wind energy, solar greenhouses,
solar retrofitting your home:

The technologies and programs change over time, but we are still
teaching people about them today

Energy Detective

Developed Energy Detective curriculum for elementary schools.

1980s: High energy costs; increased interest in conservation; solar tax credits; decade of the garbage crisis.

Small Business Energy Program
Energy Circuit Rider
Berkshire Training and Employment Program
Energy Financing Programs
Springfield Materials Recycling Facility
Public Access Television
Conservation Law Foundation
Regional Program Operators
Northampton Office
CET Heating Oil Cooperative

Small Business Energy Program

Small business energy program provided some of the first energy assessments for businesses to identify opportunities to increase their energy efficiency.

Energy Circuit Rider

Energy Circuit Rider provided grant writing services to municipalities to apply for funding to install energy conservation measures.

Berkshire Training and Employment Program

BTEP – Berkshire Training and Employment Program – conducted
weatherization training for unemployed youth.

Energy Financing Programs

Energy financing programs for efficiency and renewable energy:

Solar Bank – administered 0% loan program that wrote down the principal and provide zero interest financing for residents to install solar hot water systems

Heat Loan program – helped administer one of the first financing programs to help residents install solar and energy efficiency improvements

Over the decades, the HEAT Loan and Solar Loan programs and others like them have helped millions of people across the country

Springfield Materials Recycling Facility

Expanded services to include waste management and recycling, including working with towns to pass mandatory recycling bylaws so they could join the local Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF):

The Springfield MRF remains the only public-private
partnership like it in Massachusetts

Public Access Television

Conducted public education about do’s and don’ts of recycling at community meetings on public access television.

Conservation Law Foundation

Joined with the Conservation Law Foundation and other energy and environmental groups to file suit against utility companies to deliver
conservation and efficiency programs.

Regional Program Operators

Participated in network of Regional Program Operators to provide energy programs to communities of western Massachusetts:

These initial efforts and others like them helped pave the way for today’s statewide Green Communities Program and the development of sustainability volunteer committees and staff in many towns

Northampton Office

Opened office in Northampton to better serve
four western Massachusetts counties.

CET Heating Oil Cooperative

Launched the CET Heating Oil Cooperative to provide fair pricing and quality service along with information about energy efficiency and
renewable energy programs and services:

CET eventually discontinued this program in favor of other
renewable energy products and services

1990s: Utility energy efficiency programs grew; federal solar tax incentives disappeared; electric restructuring occurred; municipal recycling grows.

Pittsfield Business Recycling Cooperative
Non-profit Energy Efficiency Program
Expanded Environmental Education Programming
Materials Exchange
DIY Workshops
Compost Bin Distribution Program
Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sessions
Household Hazardous Waste
Commercial Food Waste Composting
Radon
Greylock Glen Development

Pittsfield Business Recycling Cooperative

Launched the Pittsfield Business Recycling Cooperative in 1997
to collect office paper from small businesses:

Our efforts and others like it helped encourage private recycling haulers
and on-site shredding companies to enter the market.

Non-profit Energy Efficiency Program

Conducted Non-profit energy efficiency program which provided energy assessments and helped non-profits apply for funding to install measures.

Expanded Environmental Education Programming

Expanded environmental education programming including interactive videoconferences, first Berkshire Junior Solar Sprint, REAPS school recycling program, and Earth Stewards after school program.

Materials Exchange

Established the Materials Exchange – one of the first web-based
materials swap sites for businesses:

This was before E-Bay, Freecycle, Craig’s list and all the other
great online materials reuse platforms we have today

DIY Workshops

Conducted workshops on energy efficient lighting, do-it-yourself
window insulation and backyard composting.

Compost Bin Distribution Program

Created the first home compost bin distribution pilot program, which sold compost bins made of recycled plastic collected in Massachusetts:

This pilot was the catalyst for a future statewide equipment program for municipalities which still continues today

Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sessions

Conducted informational sessions about climate change and renewable energy.

Household Hazardous Waste

Organized Household Hazardous Waste collection days.

Commercial Food Waste Composting

Created first pilot programs for composting of food waste
from supermarkets and restaurants on farms.

Radon

Offered radon education and mitigation program.

Greylock Glen Development

Produced Sustainable Development blueprint for Town of
Adams and proposed Greylock Glen development.

2000s: Some increased public awareness about climate change; MA Global Warming Solutions Act and Green Communities Act enacted, MA became a national leader in investment in efficiency and renewable energy; Mass DEP expanded waste bans/recycling programs.

Leader in Building Consumer Awareness
Expanded Role in Energy Efficiency
EarthShare New England
Expanded Waste Management and Recycling Services
ReStore Home Improvement Center
Building Deconstruction Services
AmeriCorps*VISTA
Services for Farms

Leader in Building Consumer Awareness

CET became a Massachusetts leader in building consumer awareness, acceptance and demand for energy efficiency and renewable energy:

Helped address early barriers to adoption of PV in nonprofits and municipalities with multiple installations and collaborated on some of the first third-party ownership models

Convened the Berkshire Renewable Energy Collaborative

Provide informational workshops and public forums, recruited and promoted participants for annual Green Building Open House tour

Coordinated and conducted wind energy tours

In partnership with Green Energy Consumers Alliance, enrolled 1,500 households in New England GreenStart renewable electricity

Helped towns earn over $500,000 in matching funds and grants to implement local clean energy projects. This effort also helped fund some of the first sustainability staff positons in local government

Established Climate Action Circuit Rider services: Held “Greening Your Community” workshops for communities throughout western Massachusetts

Help municipal and citizen energy and climate action committees establish goals and strategies and conduct outreach. Today many communities have staff and/or volunteers that work with others in regional and state government
to perform this critical work

Helped communities achieve Green Community designation including
passing the stretch energy code

Expanded Role in Energy Efficiency

Expanded role in delivering residential and commercial energy efficiency:

Conducted energy assessments in thousands of households for
local gas and electric utility companies

Provided contractor arranging and air sealing and quality assurance to help homeowners implement energy saving measures. Eventually we and others were able to help develop the industry enough that air sealing could be
provided by local insulation contractors

Conducted energy assessments for hundreds of businesses and municipalities through utility and state funded programs

Launched and expanded High Performance Building services and offered ENERGY STAR for Homes and U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes programs

Created and launched some of the first energy efficiency
programs for multi-family buildings

EarthShare New England

Was a founding member of EarthShare New England, a federation of environmental and conservation organizations

Expanded Waste Management and Recycling Services

Expanded waste management and recycling services, including
composting and toxic use reduction:

Expanded paper recycling services to north Berkshire County;
began to offer document destruction/shredding

Helped residents reduce the use of toxic materials in and around their homes and educated residents and businesses about the toxic effects of
mercury on both human health and the environment

Developed and implemented a pilot effort to help western Massachusetts businesses recycle mercury-bearing fluorescent lamps

Started and expanded mercury reduction programs for waste-to-energy facilities including collection from medical facilities

Helped schools and businesses set up organics
collection and composting programs

Created and organized the first several annual Organic Waste Summits in Massachusetts for industry and government. This work helped pave the way for an eventual food waste disposal ban in Massachusetts and other states, and a national food waste reduction goal

Published some of the first wasted food diversion studies and toolkits, including “Building a Market-Based System for On-Farm Composting of Off-farm Food Waste,” and “Restaurant and School Food Waste Composting Toolkit”

Developed Greening Your Business services and workshops

ReStore Home Improvement Center

Opened ReStore Home Improvement Center
(now EcoBuilding Bargains) in Springfield in 2001:

This was one of the first stores of its kind in the country and helped change attitudes and styles regarding building materials reuse

Building Deconstruction Services

Launched pilot building deconstruction services:

A growing number of contractors now offer deconstruction services

AmeriCorps*VISTA

Helped launch the AmeriCorps*VISTA Recycle for Gold program and
host a total of 25 members over many years.

Services for Farms

Provided information and technical services for farms to reduce costs through energy efficiency and increase their use of renewable energy:

Conducted Energy and Small Farm Sustainability Project with funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) grant

Conducted on-farm tours to highlight examples of energy efficient lighting, refrigeration, and milking equipment and renewable energy for water pumping, irrigation, and other electrical needs

Conducted methane digestion information session and facilitated feasibility study for anaerobic digestion to produce electricity at two area farms

Installed solar PV to power refrigeration and irrigation at farms with funding from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and U.S. Department of Energy

2010-present: Growing awareness of climate change; state energy goals skyrocket; wasted food becomes a major regional and national issue; upcycling becomes stylish; CET undergoes a statewide and regional expansion.

EcoBuilding Bargains Expanded
New Location Transformed
Building Science Training
Expansion Residential Efficiency Programs
Weatherization Boot Camp
RecyclingWorks MA Launched
Mass Farm Energy Program
Green Team Program
CET EcoFellowship Launched
Commercial Programs Expanded
Mercury Reduction Programs
Community Solar
Goal Setting and Tracking
Launched Wasted Food Solutions
Boston Zero Waste and Harvard Food Waste Ban
Solar Access Program
Healthy Homes Program
Solar Hot Water Program
Passive House and Zero Energy
High Performance Multifamily Projects

EcoBuilding Bargains Expanded

EcoBuilding Bargains expanded to a much larger facility to become the largest store of its type in New England.

New Location Transformed

A deep energy retrofit of the new location transformed the 100-year old structure into a high performance green building with a public classroom.

Building Science Training

Expanded role in building science training and curriculum development:

Educated building inspectors and professionals about the State’s energy code and residential green building programs in order to increase energy
efficiency in new construction

Developed and taught Pathways out of Poverty job training classes

Produced MassGreen Curriculum for statewide community college use

Expansion Residential Efficiency Programs

Expansion of residential energy efficiency programs
offerings and production levels.

Weatherization Boot Camp

Co-operate statewide Weatherization Boot Camp to expand the number and experience of home weatherization contractors.

RecyclingWorks MA Launched

Award-winning statewide RecyclingWorks MA program launched and expanded.

Mass Farm Energy Program

Statewide Mass Farm Energy Program expanded to help farms with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Green Team Program

Green Team statewide school waste reduction educational program expanded.

CET EcoFellowship Launched

CET EcoFellowship launched to help develop tomorrow’s environmental leaders:

Our EcoFellows have gone on to positions of increasing responsibility at CET, The Union of Concerned Scientists, CERES, NESEA, Smith College,
Boeing, Schneider Electric and more

Commercial Programs Expanded

Commercial and small business energy efficiency programs expanded statewide.

Mercury Reduction Programs

Started and expanded mercury reduction programs for the thermostat industry throughout the Northeast and beyond.

Community Solar

Developed plans for a community solar pilot project.

Goal Setting and Tracking

Began mission impact goal setting and tracking including carbon reduction impact to address climate change.

Launched Wasted Food Solutions

Launched Wasted Food Solutions service and regional/national expansion of wasted food efforts.

Boston Zero Waste and Harvard Food Waste Ban

Co-created Boston Zero Waste Plan and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Food Waste Ban Toolkit.

Solar Access Program

Launched Solar Access pilot program for middle income homes.

Healthy Homes Program

Launched Healthy Homes pilot program for asthma and COPD patients.

Solar Hot Water Program

Created and implemented commercial Solar Hot Water statewide pilot program.

Passive House and Zero Energy

Added Passive House and Zero Energy approaches to
High Performance Building services.

High Performance Multifamily Projects

Served a growing number of high performance affordable multifamily new construction projects.

Leadership

Board of Directors

…is a community member who most recently served as the Vice President of Administration & Employment Services for Berkshire County Arc. BCArc serves 700 individuals & families with disabilities in both Berkshire & Hampden counties. He is a member of the Employment Consortium, a statewide initiative of the Massachusetts Partnership for Transitions to Employment (MPTE), whose goal is to increase the employment of people with disabilities throughout the state. He has been a PSIA adaptive ski instructor for Stride Adaptive Sports at Jiminy Peak for 17 years.

…was in the construction business for 32 years. In addition to his leadership as the previous owner of Integrity Development and Construction, which he founded in 1991, he is very active in the community. He is currently the Pioneer Valley United Way Campaign co-chair, is commissioner at the Amherst Housing Authority, and chair of the Amherst Community Preservation Committee. In 2007, he received the Millicent H. Kauffman Distinguished Service Award from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

…is the former President and Chief Executive of Community Bank System, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-traded banking company with 180 branches. Now retired, Belden is an active member in the community. He serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Smith College, Road Scholar, and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. Belden earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

…is a community member and former Senior Vice President for System Planning and Program Development at Berkshire Health Systems. She also served as its Chief Operating Officer from 1995 – 2001. Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Board of Trustees, as well as being a member of Berkshire Priorities and Pittsfield Promise, and the Non-Profit Business Network Steering Committee. Ms. Blodgett received her MBA from the University of Chicago.

…is a Senior Trustee at the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation and former President and Chief Operating Officer of American Saw & Mfg. Company in East Longmeadow, MA. Beyond his service to the Davis Foundation, Steve Davis has a rigorous civic life and serves on the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, is a trustee of American International College, a trustee of the Springfield Symphony and is a former Director of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

…is a community member active in the local community and lives in Pittsfield.  She currently serves on the boards of Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire Theater Group and is a Commissioner for the United States National Commission for UNESCO.  She received her B.A. from UMass Amherst and is the wife of former Pittsfield Mayor Evan Dobelle.

…is a former Co-Director of the Center for EcoTechnology. Ms. Dubester was employed by CET from 1977 to 2010. Her responsibilities included program design, development, oversight, and administration; community outreach and public relations; and liaison with program funders. She received a B.A. in History (University of Rochester), as well as Masters Degrees in Education (Antioch College) and Public Administration (Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government). Ms. Dubester is currently on leave of absence.

…is President of the Center for EcoTechnology.  John has been with Center for EcoTechnology for over 25 years, bringing a positive vision, strong background in environmental science, and successful track record to the President role. EcoBuilding Bargains came to fruition through his vision and leadership, and recently underwent a $3.5 million expansion including a deep energy retrofit of an older commercial building.  John serves on the Board of Directors of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and recently served on the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Non Profit Business Network Advisory Board and the ROCA Springfield Advisory Board. He received a B.A. in Biology from Cornell.

…is the Director of Search Services for United Personnel, where she focuses on business development and search services for the nonprofit community in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, and executive search for their professional division. Jennifer brings almost 10 years of experience in the sustainability arena, having served most recently as Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Prior to joining NESEA, Jennifer served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Cox Communications and as an adjunct faculty member for the Executive Development Center at Bryant University. Jennifer has a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding University, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. She serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Howe and the Deerfield, MA Local Cultural Council, and is a former board member of Big Sisters of Rhode Island. She lives with her family in a deep-energy-retrofitted ranch house in South Deerfield, MA.

…is Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He conducts research on the technology and economics of energy and environmental policies and works internationally and domestically with groups that develop solutions to environmental problems. Prior to coming to Tufts, he taught chemistry and environmental studies at Williams for 26 years. He served on the Williamstown Planning Board and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. He and his wife Margot enjoy their new LEED-certified Williamstown home, which uses no fossil fuels and is a net-zero energy residence.

…is an independent consultant and environmental educator, specializing in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resource conservation. She recently retired from CET, where she worked for more than three decades on innovative programs focusing on local solutions to energy issues that benefit the economy, natural environment, and quality of life for community members. She began her career at the Alaska Division of Energy and Power Development in the late 1970’s and went on to work for state and regional non-profit organizations in Washington State, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. Nancy received a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Masters of Education with a concentration in science education from the University of Washington. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Federation, Inc. and is a Board member emerita of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

…has over 25 years in technical and leadership positions primarily within the highly specialized paper industry. Steve was with Crane & Co., Inc. for over 20 years, most recently as Vice President in charge of manufacturing, engineering and environmental services. Currently he is developing a former Crane & Co. Inc. factory building in Dalton, Mass., with the intent of creating a marketplace for local artisan products and sustainable businesses. Steve currently holds board positions within the Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, the Mount Greylock Ski Club and the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation.

…is the owner of Boston Bay Consulting. Drawing on over 25 years of experience, he offers government relations services, business and project development, and management assistance to those working in agriculture, fisheries, and food systems.  He has also served as USDA Rural Development State Director for Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Executive Director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA. Mr. Soares began his career at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources where he held a variety of leadership positions including the Commonwealth’s first Aquaculture Program Director and culminating with a gubernatorial appointment as Commissioner of the Department in 2009.  A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Soares received a double major in Biology and Marine Biology from UMass Dartmouth and completed course work in aquaculture and fisheries at University of Rhode Island.

…is a community member who most recently served as the Director of Sales & Marketing at Fazzi Associates, the Northampton, MA-based service provider for home health and hospice agencies across the country and one of the nation’s most respected names in community-based care. Janet’s three decades of experience in marketing, sales and product development have included serving as Vice President of Marketing for Monson Savings Bank, President of her own marketing practice, MarCom Capital, and Second Vice President of Market Development for the Group Division of Phoenix Home Life. She is a past president of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and has served on the “Starter Board” of the Hampshire County Regional Chamber, the Hampshire County Tourism Advisory Council, and on the Board of Directors of United Way of Hampshire County.

Alan and Laura Award

Launched in 2015, 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.

The award honors Alan and Laura, who co-directed the Center for EcoTechnology for 30 years. They retired from their Co-Director positions in 2010.

Alan and Laura were pioneers in the environmental movement.  From 1977 to 2010 they worked tirelessly to create and implement many successful and innovative community-based environmental initiatives and inspire others to do the same. Read more about CET’s history and accomplishments.

The award honors Alan and Laura’s achievements at CET, and brings recognition to individuals who demonstrate community and environmental leadership through their vision, persistence, collaboration, community education and accomplishments.

Award Recipients

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