ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL OF MAINE

E2Tech News

  • Friday, January 15, 2016 12:18 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    WESTBROOK, Maine (January 14, 2016) – St.Germain Collins is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Collins, Patrick Coughlin, Jessica Szafranski and Donald McFadden. 

    Scott Collins, P.E. has been promoted to Managing Principal. In this expanded role, Scott will oversee all business operations at St.Germain Collins.  Scott has expertise with solid waste facility and petroleum/energy facility design, engineering, licensing, operations compliance and construction administration; environmental assessments and remediation; and design, licensing and construction oversite at aboveground storage tank facilities.  Prior to his promotion, Scott served as Vice President and Senior Engineer.

    Patrick Coughlin is now Director of Sentry EHS.  Patrick specializes in comprehensive compliance systems for clients in the energy, solid waste/recycling, commercial and higher education sectors, as well as permitting and design of energy and waste/recycling facilities.  Patrick will continue as Principal of the firm, and in his additional role as Director of Sentry EHS, he will oversee all activities in the continuing development of this cloud-based compliance database solution.

    Jessica Szafranski has been promoted to Director of EHS Services, overseeing the environmental, health & safety (EHS) group who provide regulatory compliance services to clients in the energy, waste & recycling, manufacturing, and higher education fields.  Jessica has been with St.Germain Collins since 2010 with increasing responsibilities from geologist to regulatory specialist to senior project manager.

    Donald McFadden, C.G. was promoted to Director of Environmental Services. He will be overseeing the environmental group which is responsible for environmental site assessments, soil and groundwater sampling, wastewater sampling, stormwater sampling, vapor intrusion assessment and remediation, and underground storage tank removals.  Don will also continue to oversee due diligence risk management services for mergers & acquisitions and other commercial lending transactions.

    ”We are pleased to promote these well-deserved company leaders as St.Germain Collins continues to grow and provide client partners with the quality of work and great customer service that they have come to expect.” said Mark St.Germain, Founder and Principal of St.Germain Collins.


    ABOUT ST.GERMAIN COLLINS

    Founded in 1992, St.Germain Collins is an environmental, health & safety (EHS) compliance, engineering and environmental firm providing senior level management to clients in the areas of site planning and development, energy, petroleum and waste management, site investigation and restoration, and EHS compliance.  Recently St.Germain Collins launched its latest version of Sentry EHS, an online compliance management tool for businesses in Maine and throughout the United States. More information is available by visiting www.stgermaincollins.com and www.sentryehs.com.

  • Friday, January 15, 2016 9:00 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)
    The 2016 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, on March 29, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center, will feature a session on "Maine's Energy Future." A call for abstracts for this event has been issued. You can find more information here about participating and attending. The submission deadline for oral abstracts is January 22, 2016 and the submission deadline for poster abstracts is March 7, 2016. Questions about the session can be directed to Sharon Klein at sharon.klein@maine.edu.


  • Wednesday, January 06, 2016 10:06 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    E2Tech is pleased to offer grant application preparation support to Maine entrepreneurs seeking start-up and R&D funding. Eligible companies will be part of Maine's cleantech sector. Funding is available to help support grant writing, editing, budget preparation, and project scheduling for applications to the Maine Technology Institute and for Federal SBIR/STTR applications. Other similar applications may also be eligible for assistance. Companies will be required to provide a 1:1 match and grant amounts are dependent upon the type of application being prepared. Contact us at info@e2tech.org for more information!

  • Friday, December 04, 2015 9:23 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    The Energy Department on November 23 announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program.

    The OPEN 2015 projects come from 21 states and encompass 10 technical categories, including transportation, electricity generation and delivery, and energy efficiency. Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland, Maine will develop an innovative deployment and retrieval capability that will significantly reduce costs for cross-flow design marine hydrokinetic systems in which a turbine generates power from tides or rivers. See the Energy Department news release and the the list of awardees.


  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015 1:14 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    The Maine Innovation Challenge culminated on Sunday afternoon with Pitches given by ten teams. The 5 judges awarded First Place to the Forq Food Lab and the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative, both from Portland. The New Beet Market from Brunswick and Frinklepod Farm from Arundel were awarded Second Place. Two student teams, Darling Sea Farm from the Darling Center and AgriGatr from Hampshire College received Honorable Mention. The First Place teams each received $5,000 and 6 hours of legal services from Drummond & Drummond and Second Place teams each receive $1,750 and 8 hours of business development consulting services from the Sustainability Lab.

    The ten teams were comprised of thirty-six participants. In addition to the winners, teams represented Abundant Harvest, The Farming Artists, Central Maine Meats, and Simonton Cove. During the weekend teams attended 2 workshops, the Business Model Canvas presented by Bill Seretta, from the Sustainability Lab and the Art of the Pitch presented by Don Gooding from the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development.

    Advice and consultation were provided to the teams by George Parmenter, Manager of Sustainability, Delhaize North America (Hannaford), Beth Boepple, Lambert Coffin, Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability and Farmland Protection Specialist, MDAC&F and Nate Huckel-Bauer, Drummond & Drummond.

    Bill Seretta and Tom Settlemire, Co-Chairs of the event, stated, “the event exceeded our expectations.” And they thanked “the Planning Committee, Host Committee, ten teams, 5 judges, 4 Team Advisors, eleven Sponsors, fourteen Partners, Challenge Volunteers, and Bowdoin College for making the first Maine Farm, Fish & Food Innovation Challenge a resounding success.”

    Visit the website for more information.

  • Monday, November 30, 2015 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Maine Environment Sustainability Network

    We are honored to have Brigham McNaughton, Director of PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions group, leading our discussion around: The Future of Corporate Reporting & What's A Company Worth and How Does Sustainability Impact Value.

    Come learn about the 'new and better' language that is necessary for companies to communicate how they create value to investors and stakeholders in the modern economy. 

    Who: YOU!  Also, feel free to invite a friend or two who may be interested in this topic and also networking among some of Portland's most influential sustainability leaders. 

    What: networking, presentation, Q&A, speaker-led discussion and table topics (breakout discussions); coffee will be provided 

    When: December 3, 8:30-10:30am 

    Where:  Freeport Community Center (Bradley Room): 53 Depot St, Freeport, ME 04032 

    Parking:  Available on-site, with free public overflow parking adjacent to the Community Center's parking lot. 

    RSVP required: If you haven't already, please respond to bradpeirce@msn.com at your earliest convenience and ask that your invited guests do the same.   


  • Friday, November 20, 2015 9:41 AM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    WESTBROOK, Maine (November 19, 2015) – St.Germain Collins, an environmental, compliance and engineering firm, is pleased to announce their three newest staff members:  Sandra Perry, Cheryl Ahearn and Christopher Baldwin.

    Sandra Perry has  joined St.Germain Collins as Senior Project Manager. Ms. Perry has more than 25 years of regulatory compliance experience. She recently returned to Maine after  working for Triumvirate Environmental – a Massachusetts-based environmental firm – as the Director of Environmental Health & Safety Services. Sandra will provide environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance services to clients specific to wastewater, stormwater, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, industrial pretreatment, oil pollution prevention, air emissions permitting and reporting, hazardous waste management, hazardous materials transportation, emergency planning, toxics use reduction, chemical facility anti-terrorism, and OSHA regulations. Sandra attended the University of Maine majoring in Industry Technology, earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering through Columbia Southern University, and a Certificate in Wastewater Technology from Southern Maine Technical College. She is a licensed Grade VB and IP/C Maine Wastewater Operator and an active member of New England Water Environment Association and Maine Water Environment Association. 

    Cheryl Ahearn joined St.Germain Collins as their Accounting Manager. Ms. Ahearn has a strong background in accounting, with more than 30 years in providing business accounting consulting services. Cheryl will oversee all accounting functions at St.Germain Collins including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll compilation, budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine (USM), and resides in Gorham, Maine. 

    Christopher Baldwin, P.E., CPESC is St.Germain Collins’ newest addition, and will lead our civil engineering & site development team as Director of Engineering Chris has more than 25 years of planning, design, and construction experience associated with a diverse range of environmental and civil engineering projects. Previously, he served as  District Engineer for the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) where he managed the District’s Development Review Program, performed third party inspections on active construction sites for erosion and sedimentation control, inspected stormwater best management practices, and provided engineering support to the Long Creek Watershed Management District and CCSWCD’s 319 Water Quality grant program.  In addition, Chris’ past professional experience includes conducting numerous Phase I environmental site assessments, Phase II follow up investigations, and petroleum related engineering services including UST removals, aboveground storage tank facility design and permitting, and the preparation of SPCC plans. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Maine at Orono and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Chris resides in Brunswick with his family.

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    ABOUT ST.GERMAIN COLLINS

    Founded in 1992, St.Germain Collins is an environmental consulting, regulatory compliance and engineering firm providing senior level management to clients in the areas of site planning and development, energy, petroleum and waste management, site investigation and restoration, and environmental, health and safety compliance (EHS).  Recently St.Germain Collins launched its latest version of Sentry EHS, an online compliance tracking tool for businesses in Maine and throughout the United States. More information is available by visiting www.stgermaincollins.com and www.sentryehs.com.


  • Friday, November 06, 2015 1:47 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    E2Tech was honored to be named Startup Supporter of the Year” by the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s 8th annual Green Tie Gala!

    Thank you tremendously to all who nominated our efforts supporting Maine's energy and environmental entrepreneurs. Onward together! And congratulations to all of the 2015 Green Tie Gala Award Finalists & Winners! 

    Please read the press release here. And see a picture here!

  • Thursday, November 05, 2015 1:33 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Maine Firm Launches Compliance Software

    Westbrook, Maine (November 4, 2015) – St.Germain Collins, a local environmental, compliance and engineering firm, is pleased to announce the launch of Sentry EHS Version 2.0 – a cloud-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) solution.

    Sentry EHS is instrumental in keeping companies in Maine (and in more than 2,500 locations across the US) in compliance with complex and ever-changing rules from EPA, OSHA and other regulatory agencies. Sentry EHS captures the extensive knowledge of St.Germain Collins’ senior regulatory specialists who customize the database – with specific tasks that apply (state and federal environmental, worker safety, etc.) and when they are due – into an easy to navigate and understand database.  Clients can then log in on a daily basis and see what they have to do, and managers can check to make sure their EHS program is effective.

    “There are literally thousands of EHS regulations to keep track of, and St.Germain Collins is excited to offer this improved online compliance tool to make it easier for businesses to complete the right tasks at the right times, safeguarding workers and protecting the environment,” said Patrick Coughlin, Principal of St.Germain Collins. “Companies using Sentry EHS are also able to save money by lowering their overhead costs and reducing the possibility of regulatory fines.”

    Sentry EHS was initially created using readily available tools to get it online quickly. Due to the growing client base and their specific needs, St.Germain Collins redeveloped Sentry EHS into a much more powerful application that runs on the increasing number of electronic devices in the workplace.

    ABOUT ST.GERMAIN COLLINS:  St.Germain Collins offers a full range of environmental, engineering and regulatory compliance services. From our office on Main Street in Westbrook, Maine our senior scientists, engineers and regulatory specialists assist clients throughout New England and the United States.  These clients include manufacturers, lending institutions, solid waste recycling and disposal firms, telecommunications companies, energy providers, and higher education clients.
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    FMI contact:
    Maura Ryan
    Marketing Director
    St.Germain Collins
    846 Main Street
    Westbrook, ME 04092
    207-591-7000 x16
    www.stgermaincollins.com
    www.sentryehs.com
  • Monday, October 12, 2015 2:14 PM | Bonnie Frye Hemphill (Administrator)

    Maine’s Energy & Environmental Sector Shines at 1st E2Tech Expo

    Keynotes from Fortune 50 & Venture Capital Companies Discuss the Power of Technology in Combatting Climate Change, Fossil Fuel Dependence, and even World Hunger!

    Almost 400 people attended the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine’s inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Speakers included experts from Maine and beyond, including nationally recognized specialists in their fields. Energy companies and utilities, environmental engineers and scientists, emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, consultants, government officials, teachers and students, and non-profit organizations all attended to learn more about Maine’s fastest growing technology sector.

    Highlights of the day included the following:

    More than one-third of the food we produce each year is never eaten. We produce enough food to feed 10 billion people—everyone today and those expected by 2050. But more than 1 billion metric tons of food is lost or wasted, never making it from farm to our fork. Meanwhile, two billion people, many of them children under 5 years old, suffer from malnutrition. If food waste were a country by itself, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States. In a new book, “Food Foolish,” John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corp. (UTC), makes the connection between food waste and climate change and how technology and public policy can have a dramatic impact on reducing hunger, malnutrition, poverty, political instability, water shortages, and carbon emissions. Mr. Mandyck shared this expertise as the E2Tech Expo’s lunchtime keynote.

    Dan Goldman, co-founder of the Clean Energy Venture Group, has more than 25 years of energy industry experience in strategy, finance, project development, and early-stage venture investing. He is passionate about solving climate change, and strives to bring together investors, policy makers, and technology innovators to address issues of scale-up and commercialization. Goldman used his role as the E2Tech Expo morning keynote to cite long-term clean energy deployment trends as “pulling” investment for new technology innovations across the supply chain.

    Cleantech is Maine’s fastest growing technology sector, with 31% growth from 2003 – 2010 and job gains of 12% in renewable energy since 2007. CleanEdge reports that since 2014, the state had the nation's second-highest jump in its national cleantech ranking. Bob Gould (Spinnaker Trust), David Littell (RAP), Matt Nelson (US Department of Energy), and Neil Veilleux (Meister Consultants Group) walked Expo attendees through cleantech economics, markets, technologies, and public policies driving the sector.

    Our first-ever “E2Tech Talks” presented five stories from leaders in the local food and beverage movement, and how they’re powering the Maine economy with beer, lobster, year-round greenhouses, and even cow poop.

    The audience witnessed a “fishbowl” discussion on using public policy to tap into Maine’s indigenous resources – wind, water, woods, and sun – to develop products and expertise demanded around the world. The “fish” included Tux Turkel, Reporter – Portland Press Herald; Representative Sara Gideon – Maine State Legislature; Joel Harrington – Central Maine Power; Sean Mahoney – Conservation Law Foundation; Jeremy Payne – Maine Renewable Energy Association; Michael Stoddard – Efficiency Maine Trust; and Jamie Py – Maine Energy Marketers Association.

    Three workshops with Maine’s top government, business, educational, and non-profit leaders covered topics on sustainability in the supply chain; workforce and career development; and building Maine’s innovation and entrepreneurial community in the environmental technology sector.

    “We’re thrilled with the turnout for E2Tech’s inaugural Expo,” exclaimed Bonnie Frye Hemphill, E2Tech’s Maine Innovation & Cleantech Connector. “These companies and organizations deserve to be recognized for their tremendous contributions to Maine’s energy, environmental, and food economies.” Executive Director Jeff Marks agrees, explaining, “The companies here today are combatting a variety of threats to the environment, the economy, and our energy security. From climate change to world hunger to water shortages, Maine has innovative businesses ready to take on these and other challenges.”

    Numerous photos of the day can be found on E2Tech's Facebook page, and Expo speakers' presentations can be found on the event site here.

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