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Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Success Stories: 

This two-year old unique and innovative institution has quickly demonstrated its value. To date it has helped more than 50 entities from 15 towns gain ecological and economical efficiencies. Examples of success include:

  • The EHS Roundtable initially met quarterly and attracted an average of 10 participants. This novel forum now takes place monthly and the number of attendees has doubled as a result of the value of the information shared.
  • A manufacturer of fine giftware can promote itself as a zero-waste operation as a result of the assistance it received in the areas of waste reduction, recycling, and reuse partnerships; these advances also lowered waste management costs. Energy consumption was also reduced by more than 12% with the institution of a conservation campaign.
  • A local metal fabricator saved an estimated $6,000 in one year by participating in the Great Exchange and reusing packing materials that previously other businesses were disposing.
  • An area food manufacturer diverts more than 5,000 large plastics bags and 100 gaylords (large containers) annually for reuse through Great Exchange partnerships. As a result, they have significantly reduced their waste disposal costs and art groups, schools and charities, have avoided the need to purchase trash bags and storage containers.
  • No-cost energy conservation and efficiency measures that could provide more than $86,000 in annual savings were identified for a Devens-based manufacturer of aerospace systems.



For specific inquiries, contact Dona Neely, Director of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center at