Register now for AIM’s June Workshop, “Engagement Holds Key to Sustainability” Reply

Join the Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ (AIM’s) Sustainability round table group for workshops facilitated by subject matter experts Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.Matt Gardner, Managing Partner of Sustainserv, Inc., and Dr. Wayne Bates, Tighe & Bond. The next workshop is scheduled for June 15, 2018, with the details and registration link below.

June 15, 2018 | Engagement Holds Key to Sustainability | Register for June Workshop

The most successful corporate sustainability efforts are based upon engagement with employees, management, suppliers, customers, regulators and the communities in which the companies are located. Such engagement requires that the company take into account the needs and expectations of its stakeholders. It also requires focused and well-planned communication and outreach efforts.

In this Workshop, leading practitioners will share how they are addressing sustainability issues in their supply chain, from the perspective of being a respondent to customer inquiries and also proactive interaction and collaboration with suppliers/vendors providing critical information about their own sustainability practices.

Location & Logistics        Registration is required for security purposes.

R.H. White Companies Inc. – 49 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501

7:45-10:30 AM. Program begins promptly at 8:05 AM.

Free to AIM members. Non-Members $100.00.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Carroll, dcarroll@aimnet.org, 617.488.8352.

About AIM’S Sustainability Roundtable
Since 2011, AIM has convened members from leading companies across Massachusetts quarterly to network, share sustainability-related successes, challenges, and lessons learned with industry experts and peers. Representative of employers from every sector of the Massachusetts economy, this group includes members from family-owned businesses, global medical device companies, software startups, multi-billion dollar corporate giants, high-profile construction firms and women- and minority-owned enterprises.

This group’s mission is to provide employers direct access and intimate interaction with experts in the sustainability field.

Cristina Mendoza To Lead Solutions Design Team at CAPACCIO Reply

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Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Cristina Mendoza from Environmental Scientist to Solutions Design Lead. Aligning with CAPACCIO’S mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and its overarching goal of delivering high value total solutions to our clients, Cristina will play a key role applying her knowledge in EH&S, Sustainability and Management Systems as well as her experience utilizing CAPACCIO’s custom tools, web applications, and cloud-based solutions to develop strategic solutions which advance our clients’ EH&S and other programs.

In this realm, Cristina recently completed a project which enabled a client’s ability to facilitate Corporate Sustainability Reporting through the GRI standard using CAPACCIO’s EHS DashboardTM product as its vehicle. This solution is just one of the projects Cristina and the CAPACCIO team can customize to meet our client’s needs and objectives.

A rising star at CAPACCIO, Cristina began as an Intern back in 2013 while she completed her senior year at Clark University and pursued her Masters in Business Administration. In 2015, in a full-time role as an Environmental Scientist, Cristina became an effective contributor to a variety of projects, and her strong background in sustainability quickly became an asset to the growing interest and level of projects in the area of corporate sustainability. In 2016, when Cristina was promoted ES-2 Level, she became a Project Manager as well as Technical Lead for CAPACCIO’s Sustainability and Management Systems service areas. Her new role will combine her collective expertise to identify, craft, and deliver high value solution designs which align with our clients’ core business drivers and boost the individual as well as the organization’s overall objectives and performance.

Other professional successes include being active on the Leadership Committee of the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC’s) Young Environmental Professionals Committee and serving as an active contributor and leader for Associated Industries of Massachusetts’s (AIM’s) Sustainability roundtable seminars for several years. Most recently, Cristina also received EBC’s Ascending Leader Award.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

Just released, CAPACCIO’s 2018 Compliance Calendar! Reply

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.’s most popular and anticipated download, the annual Compliance Calendar, is here and ready for download! Our free calendar highlights this year’s regulatory deadlines required by the MassDEP, the EPA and OSHA. Each item is explained in detail for better understanding of what the requirement might entail.
In addition to these requirements, there are also pages which outline non-date specific requirements which occur throughout the year including:
* Initial training and annual or periodic retraining or refresher training required by
   OSHA or other regulatory agencies for affected employees
* Inspections, testing, monitoring, and/or certification of equipment and systems
* Payment of compliance assurance, renewal, or usage fees
* Permit, certificate, and license renewals
* Internal or external program audits and reviews
* Documentation and recordkeeping
There are two options of downloads: an Adobe pdf version which includes the compliance calendar front page with the regulatory dates circled as well as the backup information pages. An additional version of the calendar, compatible with Microsoft Outlook, is also available for download.
For more information on any of the technical information contained in the calendar, please contact Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 ext. 119, by cell at 978-621-6433, or email at lswift@capaccio.com. For sales, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114, by cell at 508-380-9217, or email at lservidio@capaccio.com.

Climate Change and Sustainability in Massachusetts in the Current Political Climate Reply

Deregulation around climate change has had scientists, citizens, and organizations deeply unsettled in recent months. If looking from the outside in at the message being sent by the federal government, it appears that the U.S. has deprioritized sustainability and is actively revoking its support for the fight against climate change. It wouldn’t be out of place to think this, either. For example, in recent months, the U.S. has pulled out of the Paris Agreement, passed an executive order to revoke the Clean Power Plan, and most recently, the U.S. has revoked a ruling to ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s) in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Regarding HFC’s…

  • On 8/8/17, a federal court ruled that HFC’s cannot be banned.
  • The reversal is due to a technicality in how the Clean Air Act is being used to support the EPA’s effort to ban HFC’s.
  • HFC’s have been and are of increased concern due to their high global warming potential, relative to CO2. In other words, for every one unit of CO2 removed from the environment, a one unit addition of HFC’s to the environment negates the CO2 removed from a global warming standpoint, and leaves the atmosphere with even more greenhouse gas (GHG).

But not so fast! There is a very different story unfolding in Massachusetts (and many other states around the U.S.).

First, for some country-wide good news related to the revoked HFC ban, despite this ruling, U.S. chemical companies are still committed to producing climate friendly HFC alternatives, per the Montreal Protocol in which approximately 150 countries vowed to phase out HFC’s beginning in 2019.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, on August 11, 2017, Massachusetts published six final regulations to reduce GHG emissions in the Commonwealth. Granted, this was in response to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling (Kain v. DEP, May 2016), requiring the Commonwealth to “beef up” its emission reductions efforts. Enter Governor Baker’s Executive Order No. 569 – “Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth” – and the resulting amendments (or new regulations) made to meet 2020 statewide emissions limits set in the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). Below, those regulations are summarized, and more details can be found on the MassDEP website.

 

Regulation 310 CMR 7.72

Reducing Sulfur Hexafluoride Emissions from Gas-Insulated Switchgear (GIS)

What is it? Establishment of annually declining, mass-based limits added to existing max leak rates for SF6.
Who is affected? -Large utilities

-Federal reporting GIS owners

Why Was it implemented? Adding the mass-based limits is accounting for potential SF6 increased emissions associated with deployment of new GIS equipment – not accounted for prior to revision.

 

Regulation 310 CMR 7.73

Reducing Methane Emissions from natural Gas Distribution Mains and Services

What is it? Establishment of annually declining emission limits on Massachusetts gas operators in 2018, 2019, and 2020. This regulation establishes the annually declining limits on GHG emissions.
Who is affected? -All Massachusetts gas operators

-Gas operators with a Gas System Enhancement Plan (GSEP) order from Department of Public Utilities (DPU)

Why Was it implemented? Emissions limits were not established in the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020. It simply required updates and fixes to leaks. Per the GWSA, limits needed to be imposed to ensure reductions.

 

Regulation 310 CMR 7.74

Reducing CO2 Emissions from Electricity Generating Facilities

310 CMR 7.75

Clean Energy Standard

What is it? Two regulations to reduce CO2 emissions from Power plants in Massachusetts.

7.74 sets a minimum percentage of electricity sales that utilities and competitive suppliers must procure from clean energy sources.

7.75 sets a sector-wide, annually declining limit on aggregate CO2 emissions from twenty-one large fossil fuel-fired power plants in Massachusetts.

Who is affected? -All owners and operators of an electric generating facility
Why Was it implemented? These two regulations are intended to increase procurement of clean energy (from utilities) and ensure emissions reductions associated with fossil fuel-powered power plants.

 

Regulation 310 CMR 60.05

Global Warming Solutions Act Requirements for Transportation

What is it? Establishment of annually declining aggregate targets on CO2 emissions from Massachusetts’ transportation system.
Who is affected? -MassDOT; MPO’s; RTA’s; DEP; EOEEA
Why Was it implemented? Previous regulation did not include requirements for the MassDOT to meet enforceable limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

 

Regulation 310 CMR 60.06

CO2 Limits for State Fleet Passenger Vehicles

What is it? New regulation setting limits on CO2 from passenger vehicles owned and leased by the Commonwealth’s Executive Offices.
Who is affected? Executive Offices that own or lease 30 or more passenger vehicles, as determined by the MassDEP.
Why Was it implemented? To reduce CO2 emissions from certain Commonwealth owned or leased vehicles through imposition of mass-based limits that decline each year from 2018 through 2025.   This requires each Executive Office to monitor, record, and report CO2 emissions from vehicles.

 

Industry in Massachusetts has stayed on course in terms of preparing for and doing their part to mitigate climate change through often extensive sustainability programs. Consistent with these efforts is the message that Massachusetts continues to stay the course as well, as evidenced by these new regulations.

For more information on this topic, please contact Cristina Mendoza at 508-970-0033 ext. 128 or by cell at 774-249-2418, or email cmendoza@capaccio.com.