Dona Neely, Executive Director
Dona Neely has over 20 years of experience facilitating the integration of waste reduction programs, energy saving measures and other sustainability initiatives into the daily operations of manufacturers, service providers, non-profits, and government entities. In 2016 she became certified as a Zero Waste Business Associate with the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.
Dona has played a key role in the transition of the former Fort Devens (MA) military base and Priority Superfund site into an internationally-recognized eco-industrial park since 2004. She began promoting sustainable development practices with the launch of an innovative voluntary stewardship program, EcoStar. In response to a growing interest in corporate responsibility and cost saving waste reduction initiatives, she established the award-winning non-profit Devens Eco-Efficiency Center in 2007 to provide educational programs, technical assistance, networking forums, and partnership opportunities that help institutions achieve economic and ecological efficiencies.
She also engaged and led mangers of nine municipalities in the designing, funding, building and opening of a first-of-its-kind regional household hazardous waste collection center located in Devens. The facility now serves as a model for towns across the state.
Earlier careers include working on EPA’s voluntary Performance Track program, researching industry initiatives with Ceres, and consulting on renewable energy and green building technologies. Dona earned her Master of Arts degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Bryant University.
Amanda Lansing, Program Administrator
Amanda has almost 10 years of professional experience in the realm of Environmental Sciences. As an Environmental Scientist with various consulting companies, she has worked on projects involving soil/groundwater remediation, environmental testing, environmental permitting and wetland/waterway protection.
As a Recycling Supervisor for the Town of Lunenburg, she assisted the Town Manager in educating residents about the importance of proper recycling habits by implementing and enforcing the MassDEP’s Recycle Smart program. By taking this targeted approach, she was able to assist the Town of Lunenburg in decreasing the amount of contaminated material in their municipal recycling stream by almost 15%.
Amanda has her B.S. in Conservation Biology from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Board of Directors:
- Peter Lowitt, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission, President and Secretary
- Mika Brewer, Senior Vice President, MassDevelopment, Devens
- Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell, Executive Director, Nashua River Watershed Association
- Dix Davis, Devens Enterprise Commission Board member, retired business professional, Treasurer
- Heidi Montanari, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Bemis Associates, Inc.
- Paul Routhier, Devens Enterprise Commission Board member, President, JP Routhier & Son