TGE Preparing Donation of Supplies, April Events Cancelled

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy. We miss all of our participants in EHS Roundtable and supporters of The Great Exchange! We have rescheduled our April and May educational forums for environmental, health and safety professionals, canceled the April Exchange events, and anxiously await the day when we can announce extra activities that will bring us back together.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to seek opportunities to help others and bring some bright spots into this difficult time. The Great Exchange is preparing a donation to a city’s food pantry that is providing home schooling supplies to thousands of families and packing a variety of medical supplies that will go to area hospitals. If you would like to contribute to either of these efforts please contact Dona at 508-878-1728 or donaneely@ecostardevens.com. The Great Exchange will also welcome future donations of excess operating and craft supplies that get uncovered during spring cleaning activities for the benefit of not for profit entities.

Events Cancelled

In an effort to keep our staff and supporters healthy and safe, we will not host The Great Exchange Supply or Furniture / Fixtures Events in March or our EHS Roundtable scheduled for April 3.  We hope to open The Great Exchange for extra hours in April with lots of new inventory and to reschedule our Roundtable guest speaker Pete Susca from OpX Safety and his presentation on integrating environmental, health and safety principles into the business in the  early fall.  We will keep you updated; meanwhile take good care.

Improve Operations, Grow Profits With Free Services

Friday, March 6, 8:00 – 9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens

Learn about free consultation, free training and grants that can lead to operational efficiencies, less toxic products, safer working conditions, and higher profit margins for manufacturers. Nothing to lose, lots to gain! Speakers and topics include Toxics Use Reduction Institute – grants to Reduce Toxic Chemical Use; Mass Dept. of Industrial Accidents – grants for Preventative Workplace Safety Training; Mass Dept of Labor Standards – free OSHA Consultation Services to address Hazardous Conditions and Practices; and Mount Wachusett Community College’s Workforce Development – the Workforce Training Fund and free training on lean, quality and other topics. RSVP  Members free, nonmembers $30.00. Refreshments served.

Corp. Sustainability and Greening Cleaning Strategies

Friday, February 7, 8:00 – 9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens
Two priority topics for EHS professionals!  Learn and share challenges and strategies of firms striving to reduce environmental impacts. Dona Neely, Director of Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, will introduce trends and economic advantages of sustainable business practices. Alyssa Caddle, Director of Corporate Sustainability at Bemis, will address how to determine areas of focus and secure top level and grassroots buy-in. Jason Marshall, Laboratory Director at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell, will review green cleaners, including effectiveness, safety and certifications. He will also highlight how TURI Lab helps companies find safer alternatives for industrial + janitorial uses.  Registration fee $30, free for members of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center. RSVP

New inventory at TGE Furniture Event

Thursday, January 30, 8:00-4:30, 100 Sherman Drive, Devens

Rolling wire racks, 4′ and 6′ wide, L-shaped desk with storage, adjustable height tables, Rubbermaid cart, paper shredder, new 5-gal carboy jugs, and more! Businesses, municipal departments, not-for-profits, organizations, and schools are encouraged to check out our new and like new office furniture, fixtures, storage units, bulletin/white boards, and other accessories available. See pictures and don’t miss this unique savings opportunity!