Interactive Lockout/Tagout Program Review

Friday, April 6th, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens
Failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of serious accidents in the workplace, and injured workers lose an average of 24 workdays. Join us to learn and share lockout/tagout best practices. Shannon Lozeau CIH, CSP, EHS Manager at DRS Power Technology will lead an interactive discussion on creating a successful lockout/tagout program, topics include:
  • General regulation review
  • Lockout/tagout equipment procedures
  • Audits
  • Examples of what can go wrong and how to fix

Feel free to bring your Lockout/Tagout Program and examples of your challenges and successes to share with the group.

Registration: Members free, nonmembers $30; refreshments included. RSVP


Money Saving Energy Conservation Strategies

Friday, March 2, 2018, 8:00 – 9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. 

Dr. Beka Kosanovic from UMASS Amherst’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will review common energy saving strategies in manufacturing plants and other facilities. These practical recommendations have:

  • Saved an average of $61,000 annually
  • Required investments with 1.5 year payback or less
  • Avoided 150 tons in carbon dioxide emissions

Dr. Kosanovic will also review the services provided by The Industrial Assessment Center, which conducts no cost energy and resource assessments for qualifying industrial facilities in Massachusetts.

Registration: Members free, nonmembers $30; refreshments included.  RSVP

Great Exchange Event for Educators

Tuesday, January 30, 2:30-4:30 pm                                                      Country Day School, 14 Main Street, Groton

Boxes of educational materials: PK-8th grade teacher edition and student text books, teaching resource books, educational videos and DVDs available free with registration.

Lots of furniture: Solid wood teacher desks, wood and metal student desks and chairs, wood table and chairs, book cases, filing cabinets, and more, available for a nominal fee.

Please share this opportunity!!!

For more details contact Tracy Pierce, e-mail: or 978-772-8831 x3314.

RSVP Today!  Registration information: Members free, nonmembers $25.00


Making the Business Case for Sustainable Design

Friday, January 26, 8:00-9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA – Vicksburg Conference Room

We are kicking off the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center’s 2018 Green Building Roundtable by taking a closer look at why we should be integrating sustainable design into our day to day and long term business decisions.  Attendees will gain foundational knowledge to understand and make the business argument for Sustainable Design and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting. We will also discuss the cost of green buildings and high-level effects of climate change on business, as well as decisions that individual organizations need to consider.  Register here.

This roundtable is registered for 0.5 GBCI (LEED General) and 0.5 AIA continuing education credits.

Don’t Miss the January EHS Roundtable

Friday, January 12, 2018, 8:00 – 9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Several local Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) professionals are scheduled to share their challenges and successful strategies related to confined space, emergency response, contractor safety, and EHS incident reporting.  Bring your own EHS story to review and discuss with your colleagues.

Join us for this great opportunity to partner and learn from your local peers.  RSVP

Let’s Fix This

Friday, January 12, 2018, 8:00 – 9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Does your facility have an environmental, health or safety (EHS)  challenge you would like to review and get ideas from your colleagues?  Do you have an EHS success story others would benefit from?  This month the group will present their EHS struggles and achievements with confined spaces, emergency response, contractor training, and EHS reporting.

Join us for this great opportunity to partner and learn from your local peers.  RSVP

Roundtable tackles emergency preparedness

Roundtable tackles emergency preparedness
By M.E. Jones
Nashoba Valley Voice
Friday, November 10, 2017
Vol. 3 No. 45

DEVENS – Hurricanes, Wildfires, Floods. When disaster strikes, businesses need to know what to do.

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center’s monthly roundtable addressed that issue at its September session, when the topic was Emergency Preparedness. The speaker was Michael E. Russas, Response and Field Services Chief for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA.

Emergency preparedness “makes good business sense” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and “every business should have a plan.” In one of its pamphlets, FEMA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, lays out a “common sense” plan for businesses. It includes a go-to flow chart and emergency supplies list and it should be updated regularly.

In that light, DEEC Executive Director Dona Neely and Program Administrator Tracey Pierce chose an apt topic. Over the past summer and early fall, emergency plans were activated in many areas of the country as super-size hurricanes hit Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Devastating wildfires swept through Northern California. And a mass shooting in Las Vegas left scores of people dead or wounded. It reads like a perfect storm of disasters but Russas said the likelihood of a natural or human-caused disaster striking somewhere, anytime is almost a given. “Not if but when…” is his agency’s motto, he said.

That’s what emergency preparedness is all about. And from MEMA’s slant, it’s a business. To stay current and in “best practices” mode, the agency constantly takes feedback from other agencies and the public to assess and upgrade its operations, Russas said.

MEMA teams typically operate from a central location during major storm events and although satellite centers (trailers) can be deployed when needed, emergency responses are usually left up to the individual cities and towns, which have their own plans in place, Russas said. MEMA helps by coordinating emergency efforts, state-wide, compiling data from other agencies, such as weather reports, and reallocating resources while monitoring the storm from its war room at agency headquarters in Framingham, a windowless bunker built during the Cold War ear and recently remodeled with a Homeland Security grant, including new computer software. Now, his team can track a storm and pinpoint the worst spots on a map, as well as align needs with available resources.

New England’s weather woes trend toward blizzards and ice storms rather than floods, fires or tornadoes, Russas said. But power outages are fairly common and can cause big trouble, so the same advice applies in all cases: Be prepared for the worst.

“We take an all-hazards approach,” Russas said, from a flu pandemic to a hurricane.

It gave those at the table a lot to take away. Shannon Lozeau, of DRS Power Technologies said she’d take tips brought up during discussion back to her company in Fitchburg.

Monthly DEEC Roundtable agendas headline topics of interest to the business community, offering participants – owners, managers and other company representatives – a platform to share insights, experiences and ideas. “It’s an opportunity to learn from colleagues,” Neely said. For more information or to sign up for a Roundtable, contact