The Great Exchange
April 30, 2018 ~ Worcester Business Journal

The Great Exchange was featured in a cover story in the April 2018 edition of the Worcester Business Journal.  Since its launch in 2008, The Great Exchange has rescued more than 443 tons of material, benefiting over 350 nonprofits and businesses, and provided a savings of $902,000.  Read more….

Local Firms Collect Linens for Homeless Vets
February 2, 2016 ~ Nashoba Valley Voice

Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and five local companies hosted a collection of bed linens that will be given to homeless veterans in transitional housing at Devens. The employees of Cains Foods, Laddawn, MagneMotion, Parker Hannifin, and SABIC are thanked for their generous contributions. A total of 39 sheet sets, 10 blankets and 8 pillows will be donated to the Devens office of Veterans Inc. to support the services they provide to as many as 36 individuals (concurrently) who served our country. Read more…

The Great Exchange gives new life to business discards
October 2015 ~ The Lowell Sun

Devens Eco-Efficiency Center offers a program to area businesses that many people may not be aware of. It helps keep operating costs low and is economically friendly. Running for eight years, The Great Exchange has re-purposed nearly 750,000 pounds of materials, including office supplies, wooden pallets and furniture.  Read more…


From left, Kim Ernst of Waiteco Machine, and Peter Alfano from Response Microwave, pick up foam rings donated to The Great Exchange by Bristol-Myers Squibb, delivered by employees Rick Foley and Nick Curet.  Photo: Lowell Sun, Stephanie Michaud

10 questions with Dona Neely: ‘I was born interested in the environment’
October 2015 ~ Nashoba Valley Voice

Nashoba Valley Voice, Stephanie Michaud, sat down with Devens Eco-Efficiency Center’s Dona Neely to ask her how she she established the award-winning non-profit Devens Eco-Efficiency Center in 2007.  Read more to learn how she left the left the high-tech sector to pursue ways to apply her business experience and help industries make better use of their resources.

Devens Eco-Efficiency Director Makes Headlines!
May 2014

Director Dona Neely is featured on the front page of the May 23rd edition of the Public Spirit. Ms. Neely was interviewed about the growing popularity and support for the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and its host of programs and services that help businesses and organizations improve their triple-bottom line.  View the video and read the full story.

Devens EcoGroup talks fire safety and sustainability for old and new business
September 13, 2013 ~ Ayer Public Spirit

The Ayer Public Spirit reported on the August 2013 Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Environmental Health and Safety Roundtable which included safety inspections by Devens Deputy Fire Chief Kelly and new sustainable developments in Devens by Environmental Planner Neil Angus. Read more…

Devens Businesses Have Environmental Partner
June 16, 2013 ~ Worcester Business Journal

The WBJ recently reported on the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and its value-added programs and services that it offers to local businesses and organizations to help them reduce their ecological footprint. Read more….

Green Building Roundtable creates a Buzz!
January 2013

The topic of the Green Building Roundtable for the first quarter of 2013 was Residential & Commercial Applications for Passive House. A local reporter attended the event and posted a great overview of the discussion as part of her local green building series. Read the complete blog post.

Great Exchange Makes Headlines Again!
January 2013

The Great Exchange and a number of its partners made local headlines recently for their work to repurpose materials and donations for the homeless. Read more….

Center Receives Award for Outstanding Organization
November 2012

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center is the proud recipient of the Roy L. Jeannotte Award for Outstanding Organization from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce for making “a substantial contribution to the lasting enhancement of the Nashoba Valley Region by demonstrating exceptional leadership and community involvement.”  For full coverage and photos from the event, click here.

Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Receives Praise from Devens Enterprise Commission
February 2012

Dona Neely, Director of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, briefed the Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC) on the various green initiatives underway in and around the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone (DREZ). Neely reported on the “The Great Exchange” program she oversees, which has diverted tonnes of material and saved numerous companies within Devens and in the surrounding regions a great deal of money on disposal and purchasing costs. Read more…

Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Receives Achievement Award
June 2010

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center received an Outstanding Environmental-Energy Achievement Award from the Environmental Business Council, New England (EBC).  Read more.

Devens SpringHill Suites Transitions to Single Stream Recycling
May 3, 2009

The Devens SpringHill Suites by Marriott is the first area hotel to adopt this recycling approach.  Read more…

The Devens Effect
July 23, 2007

From Large Manufacturing projects like Evergreen Solar and Bristol-Myers Squibb, to independent businesses like Image Software, this article highlights the attractive features of Devens, including (of course) EcoStar!  Read more….