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Our quarterly newsletter captures project spotlights, conferences and events attended, and recent staff updates.

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Rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts ("MSM") is one step closer to construction as the Project received a favorable Certificate from the MEPA Office on the Draft Environmental Impact Report outlining a limited scope for a Final Environmental Impact Report.  Once complete, this world-class destination resort casino will offer gaming areas, two hotels (luxury and boutique), meeting/entertainment space, restaurants, a spa, and retail on the Suffolk Downs property in Revere. The development is expected to generate 2,500 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs. MSM is committed to substantial investments in the local and regional economies, which are memorialized in Host and Surrounding Community Agreements. 

Cross Town Corners, Springfield   

71 Adams Street, Springfield, MA

On June 1, 2011, a tornado tore its way through several neighborhoods in Springfield, Massachusetts. Homes were evacuated after roofs were torn from buildings, including an apartment building at 71 Adams Street in the South End.   Home City Housing, a non-profit affordable housing developer and management company, acquired this property along with three other buildings and began a $12.5 million development and renovation project called "Cross Town Corners."  With the help of Epsilon's historic preservation specialists, the rehabilitation of 71 Adams Street received its final approvals from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service in August of 2014, securing an Historic Preservation Tax Credit worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Blackstone Steam Plant, Harvard University  

Blackstone Steam Plant, Cambridge, MA
As students return to campus, it seems fitting to highlight our work on Harvard University's new combined heat and power (CHP) expansion project at the Blackstone Steam Plant in Cambridge. Once complete, the new CHP will improve the overall efficiency of electricity and stream generation, lower operating costs by reducing the need to buy electricity, and make significant progress towards President Faust's 2008 goal of reducing Harvard's greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2016. Epsilon provided historic resources review, noise monitoring and modeling, and air quality services in the development of this project. Of particular note, air quality engineers capitalized on MassDEP's recent CHP regulations and used an emission limit credit for CHP systems when calculating short-term limits for certain pollutants. The regulations encourage CHP systems because they lead to reduced emissions and fossil fuel usage.  


ConferenceConferences & Events

The fall conference season is off to a great start. We enjoyed listening to former EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner at The Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY) Fall Conference in Albany, and Senior Consultant Bob Hellweg delivered an enlightening presentation on standards in noise control engineering at the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA) NOISE-CON 2014 conference in Fort Lauderdale.  


 Senior Consultant Maria Hartnett will be delivering a presentation, "Geotextile Tubes for Coastal Bluff Protection at Siasconset, Nantucket: A Case Study," at the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's 2014 National Coastal Conference. The conference is being held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from October 14th - 17th, and will offer 3 days of conferences and sessions covering coastal science, policy, technology, and politics.


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StaffStaff Updates
New Employee

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Megan Kearns as a Staff Scientist, following her impressive internship this summer.  Megan is a 2014 graduate of Bates College where she majored in Environmental Studies with a concentration in geology.