Region 1: EPA New England
2002 Environmental Merit Award Recipients
- Environmental, Community, Academia & Non-Profit Organizations
- Local, State & Federal Government
- Business, Industry & Professional Organizations
- Special Recognition
- Environmental Leaders of the Future
Representative Jeb E. Bradley of Wolfeboro, NH
Jeb E. Bradley of New Hampshire has a long list of accomplishments when it comes to environmental protection and stewardship. A member of the NH House of Representatives, he has served his constituents by addressing far-reaching and long-term environmental problems, such as those associated with mercury, dioxin, global warming, acid rain, smog and ozone. When Representative Bradley had a full understanding of the detrimental effects of mercury emissions coming from waste-to-energy plants in New Hampshire, he led the effort to drastically reduce those emissions through legislation and industry cooperation. Once the controls are in place, mercury emissions from this industry will be reduced by 96 percent - from 553 to 21 pounds a year. In addition, he drafted legislation to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions from these plants. Representative Bradley's legislative efforts will ensure improved air quality in New Hampshire.
James Broderick of Newton, MA
A long time resident of Newton, James Broderick has been an advocate for open-space preservation for many years, and in 2001, he chaired the Newton Community Preservation Alliance, a group which dedicated itself to the passage of Newton's Community Preservation Act. The legislation allows communities to levy a surtax of up to 3 percent on property taxes for open-space acquisition. He organized the alliance, lobbied local legislators, campaigned for donations, and mobilized poll workers on election day. The legislation passed in Newton in great part because of Broderick's efforts. As a result, the character of the city will be preserved because Newton can look forward to ongoing funding for conservation and land acquisitions that have been put off for decades.
Dr. Steven Hamburg of Providence, RI
A professor, scholar and advocate, Dr. Steven Hamburg has recognized the potential of linking research institutions and science centers to educate the public about environmental issues. In achieving this goal, he has worked with the New England Science Center Collaborative, since its founding in 1999, to examine the highly politicized issue of global warming. NESCC has provided opportunities for research institutions to communicate their findings with the public, and Dr. Hamburg has helped provide the science centers in the collaborative with technical expertise to educate visitors about climate change. NESCC has grown from a single set of exhibits in one state to seven programs in five states. From the original 14 members in the collaborative, there are now 24 members who educate more than two million visitors a year. Through his work with NESCC, Dr. Hamburg is "making it safe" to talk about global warming.
Honorable Frederick M. Kalisz, Jr. of New Bedford, MA
Even before his inauguration as mayor of New Bedford in 1998, Frederick Kalisz realized the potential of his city's Brownfield sites. He recognized that environmental assessments and cleanups would not only safeguard the health and safety of city residents, but would also create redevelopment opportunities that could reduce urban sprawl. Since 1998, the city, led by Mayor Kalisz, has cleaned up and redeveloped 10 Brownfield sites. More than $50 million has been invested and over 700 jobs have been created or preserved. Two of the biggest successes involve the former Talleyrand Chemical site and the former Standard-Times field. With many environmental and economic challenges before the city, Mayor Kalisz has used innovative efforts to bring stakeholders together to benefit the city. His work is a model for other cities facing similar challenges.
Robert Lawton of Pocassett, MA
For more than 25 years, Robert Lawton, of the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, has been involved in the regulation of the state's coastal power generating facilities. The impact of coastal power plants on local fish populations is often a scientific challenge and a contentious issue. He has applied the scientific method to arrive at fair decisions regarding how companies applying for permits should be evaluated. Every proposed power plant presents a unique set of circumstances in terms of potential impacts on the coastal environment and fish species inhabiting those environments. Robert Lawton is now retiring, but has been a dedicated Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife employee for 30 years, and has worked on a wide variety of other issues with the goal of protecting the state's natural resources.
Herbert R. Lippold of Atkinson, NH
For nearly 17 years, Herbert Lippold has been president of the non-profit organization, Big Island Pond Corporation in New Hampshire, which has 400 members. The group was established to protect water rights and water quality-and the lake's environment as a whole. He has regular contact with state officials over wetlands regulations and violations to ensure that environmental laws on the lake are being followed. The results of his efforts are a remarkably clean lake with good water quality and an attractive shoreline. The communities surrounding the lake are lucky to have such a dedicated environmental steward.
Eugenia Marks of Smithfield, RI
For more than 20 years, Eugenia Marks has dedicated both her personal and professional life, with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, to the preservation and restoration of Rhode Island's environment. She is committed to involving and educating the public because of her belief that awareness and dialogue, at all levels, between individuals, government and other organizations will result in better environmental decisions. Eugenia has played a key role in the Partners for Resource Protection and its parent organization, the Rhode Island Watershed Approach Coordinating Council, two groups which are addressing the problem of polluted stormwater in both urban and rural areas. She is particularly dedicated to the preservation of South County's watersheds and played a key role in the Water User Stakeholder Group. Her perseverance, energy and leadership in service to the environment are qualities to be emulated. It may be said that Eugenia Marks is Rhode Island's environmental conscience.
Mimi McConnell of Cotuit, MA
In 2001, four years of work by the Community Working Group (CWG) came to fruition with the creation of a master plan for future uses of the Massachusetts Military Reservation, a 22,000 - acre base located in the towns of Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee and Sandwich. As chairwoman of the state - appointed CWG, Mimi McConnell is responsible for the group's success and the plan was developed in large part because of McConnell's work. She guided the group - listening to all points of view, giving competing agendas fair hearings and bringing people to consensus, if possible, in numerous meetings and a series of public hearings. These years of intensive effort on the part of Mimi, the CWG and others have resulted in the creation of one of the largest new wildlife/watershed protection reserves on the East Coast. Due in large part to her leadership and devotion, the CWG is regarded as a national model for bringing citizens and the military together to resolve complicated and contentious issues cooperatively and respectfully. The group would not have accomplished its goals without the effort and dedication of Mimi McConnell.
Evan Richert of Augusta, ME
Evan Richert's greatest skill is that he makes people believe the good things they are working on are their ideas, not his. With this skill and the help of government agencies, developers and the public, Evan Richert, the director of the Maine State Planning Office, has battled urban sprawl in Maine with great success. His approach is methodical - he commissioned studies that showed the high cost of sprawl in Maine and demonstrated that there is a significant market for alternative development. Using these studies, he launched the Great American Neighborhood initiative to encourage the creation and restoration of traditional neighborhoods. But he is not standing by waiting for the Great American Neighborhood to be built. Quietly and persuasively, Evan has been relentlessly pursuing initiatives to encourage developers and municipalities to built smart growth projects. Evan Richert's quiet persuasiveness is irresistible.
William E. Stanton of Norwell, MA
In 2001, William Stanton focused on several major environmental issues confronting the South Shore of Massachusetts: preservation of open space, preservation of historic sites and affordable housing. He championed the adoption of the Community Preservation Act in Marshfield and led the effort to build an environmentally friendly layover site for the Greenbush Commuter Rail project. His efforts should ensure there are minimal impacts on the surrounding watershed. For many years, he has been a strong advocate for the environment in Marshfield and the South Shore. During the past four years, he has been executive director of the North and South River Watershed Association, as well as an advisor to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2001, for his overall dedication to the community, in part as a long-time member of the Marshfield Conservation Commission, William Stanton was named the Marshfield Citizen of the Year.
Donna Williams of Worcester, MA
In her professional life, Donna Williams is the Advocacy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Audubon Society at its Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary. She is one of two people who turned the sanctuary into a thriving regional education and conservation center. She is chairwoman of the Grafton Conservation Commission, a group that helped secure 8,700 acres for conservation in Grafton, Upton and Hopkinton. She has also led stormwater improvement efforts in her community and secured a $25,000 grant for a Quinsigamond River restoration project. Donna developed an extensive volunteer water quality monitoring network now in its tenth year, and her efforts have led Worcester and surrounding communities to take action because of monitoring results. Since 1994, she has served as an official of the commission which oversees the National Park Services' operations in the Blackstone River Valley. Donna Williams embodies the highest standard of local and regional environmental activism, and her stewardship and vision have been instrumental in the incredible recovery and improvement of the Blackstone River Watershed.
Michael D. Yacino of Northboro, MA
It is difficult to imagine the success of the Massachusetts Lead Shot Initiative without Michael Yacino. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) educational outreach campaign assists rod and gun clubs in developing environmental stewardship plans at shooting ranges. As the Executive Director of the Gun Owners' Action League, he became a crucial player in the initiative's success. He has been instrumental in bringing the program to other states. As a result of his work, 80 clubs have invited the DEP to visit their ranges and are rapidly adopting similar management practice plans. Michael's participation in the Lead Shot initiative provided regulators with the understanding that to ensure the program's success, they needed to work with the gun and rod clubs. His encouragement of proper lead management practices by sportsmen's clubs has resulted in the protection of these clubs' futures and the preservation of vast open spaces that they own.
Environmental, Community, Academia & Non-Profit Organizations
Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, MA
One of Cape Cod Community College's primary missions is service to the community, as such, the college plays an indispensable role in addressing the Cape's environmental problems. The school leads a consortium of colleges committed to preparing environmental technicians for the field. Cape Cod Community College practices what it teaches through a comprehensive environmental management system for its West Barnstable campus. The college generates its own electricity with a catalytic fuel cell, recycles flourescent tubes, batteries, glass, metal, plastic, cardboard and laboratory waste, and conserves 1.8 million gallons of water a year - almost 50 percent of its former annual usage. Once considered one of the ten worst polluters in the state because of its waste water volume, the school and its environmental achievements are now highly regarded.
Connecticut River Watershed Council
CT, MA, NH and VT
Nearly 50 years ago, the Connecticut River was described as the best landscaped sewer in the nation. Today, the river is largely cleaned up and restored - an environmental jewel to be appreciated and protected. At the center of this turnaround is the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC). Founded in 1952, the group has worked to promote restoration, conservation and protection of the river and surrounding watershed. The council's record of achievement is founded on partnerships - when important concerns arise, the council brings communities, business and other groups together to address these challenges. The council has taken the initiative on research, conservation and restoration of the river's natural resources. In the mid-1980s, CRWC created the Connecticut River Watch Program, which uses trained volunteers to monitor water quality. More recently, the council has established a migratory fisheries restoration initiative to build fishways and remove dams in order to restore access to spawning habitats. For five decades the council has worked to resolve environmental challenges and protect New England's largest river ecosystem - the Connecticut River watershed.
The Gulf of Maine Council
MA, NH, ME, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
In 1989, the Gulf of Maine states' governors in the United States and Canadian maritime provinces premiers created the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, a unique alliance of government agencies working to foster ecosystem conservation and cross-border cooperation. The council's mission is "to maintain and enhance the environmental quality of the Gulf of Maine and to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations." The council recently completed "A Year of the Gulf" celebration and developed a five-year action plan that charts a course for improved stewardship of this priceless natural resource. The EPA is recognizing the Gulf of Maine Council and, in particular, seven dedicated individuals with 2002 Environmental Merit Awards for their innovative and sustained commitment to improving management of the gulf. The following individuals are cited for this award: William Ayer of New Brunswick (with the Department of Environment and Local Government); Richard Delaney of Massachusetts (former director of Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management); David Hartman of New Hampshire (director of the New Hampshire Coastal Program); Barry Jones of New Brunswick (formerly with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture); David Keeley of Maine (with the Maine State Planning Office); Art Longard of Nova Scotia (deceased, was with the Department of Fisheries); and Peter Underwood of Nova Scotia (formerly with the Department of Environment, now Deputy Minister of Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture).
Hartford Environmental Justice Network in Hartford, CT
A chapter of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, the Hartford Environmental Justice Network (HEJN) is one of New England's premier community-based organizations dedicated to promoting environmental justice and safeguarding public health. The coalition includes 24 grassroots organizations and local people concerned about environmental degradation within Hartford. The coalition has worked tirelessly to ensure that the residents of the city are informed, able to participate in local decision-making and that polluters are held accountable for their activities that put the public at risk. Many residents and the HEJN fear that their community's health is being compromised by the continued siting of waste facilities in their city. After learning that 40 percent of the 7,000 Hartford area children participating in an asthma study had the condition, the network took action to discuss the findings and ramifications with the community and lawmakers. As a result of this leadership, the Hartford City Council declared an asthma emergency in Hartford, a move which formally recognized asthma as an epidemic. HEJN demonstrates the power of the community to be protectors and stewards of the environment once residents are informed, trained and empowered. The network's leadership in bringing issues of environmental justice to the consciousness of the area residents and policy makers at the local and state level is an inspiring model for other communities.
Organized Parents Against Lead in Providence, RI
Formed at the grassroots level by a group of parents of lead poisoned children, Organized Parents Against Lead (OPAL) is making a difference for children and families throughout Rhode Island by advocating on behalf of children, providing outreach in communities at the greatest risk for lead poisoning and empowering parents to work for change. Staffed and coordinated by the Childhood Lead Action Project, the group has campaigned to keep the issue of lead poisoning in the forefront of community consciousness. Organized Parents Against Lead has become a powerful voice for parents and children. In addition to safeguarding children and families, it is helping to revitalize neighborhoods by promoting lead prevention, advocating for improved housing and pushing for elimination of lead hazards. OPAL's determination has taken the anguish of lead poisoning and turned it into a positive force to help others escape the preventable fate of lead poisoning.
Park City Brownfields Redevelopment Partnership in Bridgeport,
When residents of Bridgeport's West End had an opportunity to expand Went Field Park, adjacent empty lots seemed the most logical place to go. But creating a consensus for the lots' reuse posed a problem - athletic groups wanted playing fields, residents wanted open space and two public schools viewed the space as a good area for them. The Park City Brownfields Redevelopment Partnership was formed to bridge the gaps and create a private/public partnership to facilitate the redevelopment process. The partnership used EPA funds to implement the Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment process and build a consensus around the 6-acre park expansion. Community efforts cleaned up the existing park and neighborhood watch groups have improved park safety. Currently, the park is under construction and will be completed early this summer.
Piscataqua River Co-op - ME and NH
Preparing for and responding to oil spills on land and on water is always a tough business, especially in the populated areas of New England. The Piscataqua River Co-op is a blend of private, local, state and federal organizations doing just this along the Piscataqua River, which divides the border of Maine and New Hampshire in the southern part of the two states. The Co-op created a local spill management team to respond to oil spills in the crucial 24 to 26 hours after they occur. For the past several years, the Co-op has been playing a leadership role in the development of geographic response plans to enhance their response capability. In case of a spill, the Co-op has an inventory of state-of-the-art boats, booms and skimming equipment and spends a considerable amount of energy training to address a wide variety of spill scenarios.
The Habitat Restoration Team of Save The Bay in Providence,
Eelgrass is a primary source of food for many plants and animals in Narragansett Bay and a critical nursery and shelter for shellfish and fin fish. It also improves water quality by filtering pollutants and reducing impacts from shoreline erosion. However, disease and pollution from septic systems, fertilizer runoff and wastewater treatment facilities have taken their toll on this important underwater marine plant. Once widespread throughout the bay, eelgrass can now be found in less than 100 acres of Narragansett Bay. In addition to ongoing efforts to improve the bay, Save The Bay has been transplanting eelgrass for three years. Save The Bay has conducted 25 eelgrass transplants throughout the bay, using various transplant techniques from greenhouse grown seedlings to planting seedlings in coir fiber mats. Save The Bay is now in the final stages of developing an Eelgrass Restoration Plan for Narragansett Bay using a GIS site selection model approach developed by the University of New Hampshire. Because seagrass beds occur worldwide and provide similar ecological benefits, Save The Bay's work will have global applications.
TRAINRIDERS/Northeast in Portland, ME
Last December 14, a service northern New England had last seen 40 years ago was revived - train service between Boston and Portland, ME. The project was 10 years in the making. The group that made it possible, TRAINRIDERS/Northeast, faced numerous obstacles - replacing dilapidated tracks, financing train service, and overcoming the perception that even if restored, ridership would not rebound. With tremendous skill and perseverance, TRAINRIDERS/Northeast brought together all the players needed for success. The return of train service to this area has significant environmental benefits by providing commuters and vacationers with an alternative to driving. This reduces traffic congestion and air pollution, especially on hot summer days when ozone levels are high. The revitalized train service also provides an incentive for communities along the rail line to pursue smart growth initiatives. Within one month, Amtrak provided two additional trains for the line and ridership continues to exceed all expectations. With the success of this project, TRAINRIDERS/Northeast is looking to continue their mission - to establish new, and expand existing, passenger rail service in other parts of New England.
The Trust for Public Land in Boston, MA
Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land has protected more than 1.4 million acres of land across the country, including 100,000 acres in New England. The trust is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving land for people to enjoy as parks and open space. For the trust, 2001 was an extraordinary year in New England with the protection of 26,000 acres and a new 171,000-acre project in northern New Hampshire. Recently, the Trust for Public Land celebrated its 200th project in the region. As a result of their dedication, thousands of acres of precious wildlife habitat across New England has been conserved. These beautiful lands will be enjoyed by many throughout the region.
Local, State & Federal Government
Town of Barnstable Growth Management Initiative in Barnstable,
In the past year, the town of Barnstable has implemented a unique and effective growth management initiative to protect the town's fragile environment and address the growing need for decent and affordable housing. The town, with the help of the Cape Cod Commission, developed a program that utilizes its existing housing stock without taxing the environment. It includes: two-acre zoning in environmentally sensitive areas - or about one half - of the town; a nitrogen management ordinance to promote innovative and alternative wastewater disposal systems; a smart growth ordinance that allows for higher-density zoning in Hyannis business districts; a comprehensive building cap; cluster zoning for subdivisions; and an affordable housing plan. Barnstable's growth management initiative is based on a belief that a community can protect its environment and provide safe, decent and affordable housing.
Non-Community Drinking Water Team at the CT Department of Public
The Non-Community Drinking Water Team at the Connecticut Department of Public Health was founded to help the more than 2,500 small, non-community drinking water systems in the state provide better drinking water for the public, find creative ways to come into compliance with regulations and understand the responsibilities of being a water supplier. Convincing this group of water providers, which includes restaurants, daycare centers and gas stations, of their public health responsibility, requires interpersonal skills, solid reasoning and patience. In 2001, the Non-Community Drinking Water Team turned its focus to 4,000 transient, non-community systems in the state. The team's outreach efforts helped reinforce the spirit of cooperation and provided tools necessary to ensure clean drinking water. Water system operators in Connecticut know that the state's Department of Public Health will not allow them to avoid their responsibilities, but will always work with them to solve problems and keep their water safe.
Town of Hull Municipal Light Board in Hull, MA
Over the past four years, the Hull Light Plant, in consultation with alternative energy experts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, have planned and built a wind turbine to help meet the town's energy needs. By last year, the turbine was powering the town's 1,000 street lights and 14 traffic lights, saving taxpayers approximately $60,000 dollars annually. With a 150-foot tall tower and 90-foot blades, it is the largest wind turbine on the East Coast and generates approximately 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. With the installation of the turbine, the town has been able to produce energy for itself and the New England power grid, thereby reducing smog-forming emissions and the town's electric costs.
NH Department of Environmental Services Dioxin Reduction Initiative
Dioxin poses a significant public health threat that requires urgent action. In order to quantify and address the impacts of dioxin in New Hampshire, the state's Department of Environmental Services (DES) last year completed a dioxin reduction strategy ranking dioxin releases from 22 stationary, mobile and area source categories. DES then made a total of 58 recommendations to eliminate or substantially reduce dioxin in New Hampshire, ranging from regulatory actions to public education. Implementation of these recommendations has already taken place with significant public input. With the recommendations in place, the DES believes that dioxin emissions statewide have already been reduced by almost 30 percent and will be reduced by a total of 50 percent in two years.
Groveton Paper Board Innovative Methanol Reduction Strategy
In response to EPA's effluent limitation guidelines and national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, the Groveton Paper Board (GPB) expects it will have to significantly reduce emissions of baseline hazardous air pollutants in order to comply with the law. After initial testings, the GPB identified a method to treat and collect the condensates of hazardous air pollutants rather than the gaseous emissions. In addition to being more cost-effective, this innovative process reduces more methanol than is currently required. For the past two years, the company has been working closely with the NH Department of Environmental Services and EPA New England to determine a legally enforceable way to implement this alternative control option. The option developed, which should be completed shortly, has the potential to remove from Groveton's emissions 42 tons of methanol a year (four times what is required) and an additional 20 tons of other hazardous air pollutants. Groveton's innovative strategy to reduce its hazardous air pollutant emissions is now being considered by other paper companies in New Hampshire.
Whitney Screw Site Brownfields Redevelopment Team in Nashua,
The Whitney Screw Site Brownfields Redevelopment team successfully redeveloped an abandoned Brownfields site in Nashua, NH. This project represents how a local community, working in collaboration with private, state and federal partners, can leverage enough resources to assess, clean up and redevelop a community blight. The team collectively and cooperatively addressed the significant environmental threat posed by the contamination at the abandoned Whitney Screw Brownfields site. The city of Nashua took an aggressive leadership role in tackling these environmental problems by using federal funds to start an environmental investigation. With more federal funds, the city was able to hire a contractor who found funding for cleanup of the site. A developer was able to successfully market the site to businesses and once developed, the former Whitney Screw site will have two new retail facilities. In addition, it is the first site to receive a loan under New Hampshire's Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund. The Redevelopment Team's innovative approaches are likely to serve as a national model for future Brownfields redevelopment sites.
Business, Industry & Professional Organizations
The New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association
in Storrs, CT
Early last year, Natick, MA received notice of a substantial EPA penalty for environmental violations at its department of public works garage. That, as well as other penalties for regional Departments of Public Works (DPW), prompted the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association (NEAPWA) to take action. The group approached EPA New England to develop a self-audit program for DPWs in New England. DPW garages that performed self-audits, reported environmental violations and corrected the violations would be given a low priority for inspections. EPA and the association have developed outreach materials, tip sheets and fact sheets for DPW directors. Workshops were held in four New England states for DPW directors and more than 250 people attended the NEAPWA spring meeting last April to learn about the initiative. To date, more than 300 New England DPW garages have signed up for this voluntary program, and EPA is working with the NEAPWA to measure the increased environmental benefits resulting from compliance with this program.
CMGI Stadium - New England Patriots/New England Revolution -
The Kraft Group, Beacon Skanska and Town of Foxborough, MA
When the Kraft family committed over $325 million to privately finance the construction of CMGI Field, they not only stressed the importance of designing the most fan-friendly facility of its kind, but also remained environmentally conscious throughout the process. Beacon Skanska, the contractor who built CMGI Field, deserves credit for accomplishing both initiatives, turning the Kraft family's vision for a new stadium into a reality. The most visible environmental improvement was the daylighting of the Neponset River, which had been buried in underground culverts for the past half century. During construction of CMGI Field, the Kraft Group committed over $2 million to divert the river to a more natural, free-flowing 3,000-foot river corridor with over 6,000 plantings. In addition to creating an aesthetically pleasing property bordering the stadium, it restored a river habitat that had been missing for the past 50 years. The Kraft Group also built an on-site water treatment facility that will reuse over 60 percent of non-potable water, saving over 11 million gallons of water per year. Recycling resources has been paramount to the project as over 300,000 cubic yards of dirt, 200,000 tons of rock and 50 acres of asphalt have been recycled and reused. The reuse of resources included the crushing of concrete from Foxboro Stadium to be used as on-property fill. CMGI Field should be used as a model for the next generation of new stadiums designed to be environmentally friendly.
Pfizer Global Research and Development in New London, CT
When Pfizer chose to build a new global research and development facility in New London, CT, the company was confronted with an adjacent waterway - Bentley Creek - heavily polluted from more than a century of industrial waste. The company agreed to restore and enhance the salt marsh habitat of Bentley Creek as part of its agreement for construction. Working with local, state and federal officials, Pfizer removed 1,800 tons of contaminated sediment, removed contaminated soil and derelict boats, constructed a new deep channel for better fish habitats and shaped the final marsh surface to maximize the growth of smooth cordgrass. In all, 2.5 million cordgrass seeds were planted. The restoration took two years of planning and six months of work. Although the restored creek area is only about two acres, the impact on the local community has been enormously positive.
Raytheon Strategic Goals Program Team in Lexington, MA
Over the past year, the Raytheon Strategic Goals Program Team, made up of Frank Marino and Bob Singler, has worked tirelessly to implement the company's first strategic goals corporate sponsorship program and move Raytheon toward the goal of product stewardship and responsibility for the environment. The strategic goals program was developed by EPA and the metal finishing industry, as well as other governmental and non-governmental organizations, in order to move the industry beyond simply environmental compliance. Raytheon's involvement has attracted more companies to the program, further illustrating the program's benefits to the entire industry. With 20 subcontractors audited by Raytheon each year, the company hopes to promote the goals of the program, as well as transfer information about compliance and pollution prevention to other companies.
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. - CT and NH
Wheelabrator has taken on the challenge of mercury reduction in New England. Recognizing the threat to the environment posed by uncontrolled releases of mercury, Wheelabrator sought to decrease the amount of mercury that is unintentionally released into the environment, and as a result, designed the Voluntary Mercury Pollution Prevention Program. In two Wheelabrator-run mercury collection and exchange events in New Hampshire and Connecticut, approximately 165 pounds of mercury from thermometers, thermostats and other equipment were collected and safely recycled.
Zipcar in Cambridge, MA
It's a pioneer business in the past year - Zipcar, a car-sharing company which provides a fleet of 66 cars to 1,800 members living in the Boston area who occasionally need a car but may not want to own one. When members need a car, they can reserve one for as little as an hour. Zipcar's owners estimate that 45 percent of members avoid having to buy a car or end up selling a car when they join. In Boston, the service has taken an estimated 525 to 600 cars off the road, thereby reducing the amount of smog-forming chemicals released into the air from cars. Zipcar is collaborating with local government, businesses and other organizations for future expansion within Boston, as well as in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Martha's Vineyard Airport - William Weibrecht, Manager
When William Weibrecht took over as Martha's Vineyard Airport Manager, he not only was running the state's fourth largest airport - located, incidentally, on a rare and endangered sandplain grassland and atop a sole source aquifer - but also was in charge of a trichloroethylene cleanup from a defunct dry-cleaning operation at the airport. Weibrecht, who is also president of the Massachusetts Airport Management Association, worked to finalize a cleanup plan and an expansion of the airport while preserving the fragile and endangered environment. He has conducted habitat management workshops at the airport and enlisted the assistance of island conservation groups and the Martha's Vineyard Commission. William Weibrecht's leadership at the Massachusetts Airport Management Association has influenced airport managers in the state and contributed to closing the gap between environmental interests and aviation.
Sydney Ann Millberry Izzo of Quechee, VT (posthumous)
A high-energy and multi-talented person, Sami Izzo dedicated her life to environmental concerns. She was a committed member of her community and served with distinction on many volunteer boards and commissions throughout the Greater Upper Valley in Vermont. Her best known contributions are in the areas of waste reduction and education. Sami organized many of the Greater Upper Valley's first solid waste reduction projects, including glossy paper and tire recycling drives, as well as a mercury reduction program for the community hospital. She ensured that local towns comply with the existing laws regarding waste reduction, recycling and hazardous waste collection and initiated the creation of a statewide professional development organization designed to promote integrated waste management. In addition to her efforts to inform older residents, she educated and entertained hundreds of Vermont children with her famous "Recycling Clown" routine. A devoted mother and community member, Sami Izzo is remembered for her tireless dedication to environmental issues. She is an inspiration to us all.
Leo J. Kelly of Quincy, MA
A former Quincy City Councillor, Leo Kelly has always been a leader on environmental issues. During his tenure, he protected more open space than any of his predecessors on the council. He established the popular Evergreen Program in Quincy: a public private-partnership that allows residents to recycle their Christmas trees in exchange for a sapling to be planted on their own property. Today, thousands of new trees grace the yards and streets of Quincy and thousands of Christmas trees have been turned into mulch thanks to Kelly's leadership. In his retirement, Kelly has adeptly served as Chairman of the Quincy Beaches and Coastal Commission. Here he has once again worked his magic to bring about improvements and recreational opportunities along the city's 27 mile coastline. In 1992, EPA New England recognized Kelly's efforts by awarding him an EPA Environmental Merit Award. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized on the day of the ceremony. Today, we are pleased to welcome Leo Kelly and finally thank him in person for his past and continued efforts on behalf of Quincy's environment.
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment 2002 Awards - New England
Six New England based hospitals and health care organizations are being recognized with 2002 Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) awards for their participation in the program. H2E is a partnership of the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, Health Care Without Harm and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency working with the health care industry to reduce its environmental impacts, enhance work place safety, reduce waste and waste disposal costs and become better environmental stewards and neighbors. The following organizations won the Partner for Change Award for making significant progress in reducing waste, preventing pollution and eliminating mercury: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; Baystate Medical Health System of Springfield, MA; Mid-Coast Hospital in Brunswick, ME; and Hartford Hospital in CT. Hartford Hospital also received a Making Medicine Mercury Free Award for virtually eliminating the use of mercury in the health care environment. In addition, the Maine Hospital Association and the NH Hospital Association were honored by H2E for their valuable participation and promotion of pollution prevention with a Champions for Change Award.
The US EPA recently presented 36 companies and organizations nationwide with Energy Star Awards for their efforts to enhance energy efficiency and reduce global warming gases through participation in the Energy Star Program. Energy Star is a voluntary partnership started in 1992 between business, government and others united to protect our environment for future generations by changing to energy-efficient practices today. Four of the Energy Star Award recipients are based in New England.
- BJ's Wholesale Club, a Natick, MA-based warehouse-store chain, was presented with an Energy Star Excellence in Energy Management Award for its commitment to sound energy management through investments in energy efficient lighting, energy management systems, high-efficiency air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and energy benchmarking in its stores across the country. Through these efforts, the company saved over $1 million in energy costs and 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2001.
- Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Inc. (NEEP) - a Lexington, MA non-profit organization founded in 1996 to steadily increase energy efficiency in homes, buildings and industry throughout the Northeast - and its sponsors received an Energy Star Excellence in Consumer Education Award for the "There's a Better Way to Save Energy" program that promoted consumer awareness and understanding of the Energy Star program and increased sales of Energy Star products. The program used an integrated marketing strategy including multi-media outreach, public relations and promotions throughout New England.
- OSRAM Sylvania, one of the world's largest manufacturers of lighting products headquartered in Danvers, MA, was presented with an Energy Star Excellence in Efficient Products Award for its commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into its business practices through its participation in the Energy Star program. In 2001, OSRAM Sylvania promoted Energy Star by engaging hundreds of retail stores across the country in the program's "Change a Light" campaign. OSRAM Sylvania asked retailers to display information and in-store advertisements encouraging consumers to buy Energy Star lighting and offered coupons for Energy Star lighting.
- The Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC) - a non-profit energy service organization with a mission to reduce the economic, social and environmental costs of home energy consumption through cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technology, was presented with an Energy Star Award for Excellence in New Homes. The VEIC is a regional leader in efforts to promote more efficient housing with Energy Star. It has implemented Energy Star throughout its programs, services and consulting efforts.
Environmental Leaders of the Future
No Butts About It Litter Campaign
Amy, Allie, and David Steinmetz of Woodbridge, CT
In 1996, these three young people took part in a beach cleanup and noticed the large number of cigarette butts littering the area. They began a campaign making posters to address the problem and inform the public using the slogan, "The Earth is Not Your Ashtray: No Butts About It, Keep Our Earth Clean." In 1999, the Steinmetzes were awarded the Presidential Environmental Youth Award for New England as a result of their dedication to improving the nation's environment with their innovative campaign to end cigarette butt litter. Since then, they have expanded and intensified their efforts. The Steinmetzes give presentations at schools, organize cleanups, involve their family, friends and neighbors, and have created a website. They have written to every U.S. Senator and Governor urging them to support legislation designed to mandate the provision, by tobacco companies, of disposable ashtrays in every pack of cigarettes. Amy, Allie and David Steinmetz are working hard to clean up the nation's environment and deserve enormous credit for educating people all across the United States on this important environmental issue.