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ReEnergy Celebrates 3rd Annual National Bioenergy Day!
Today we were pleased to mark National Bioenergy Day with an Open House at the ReEnergy Stratton facility. Neighbors, friends and government officials visited the facility to enjoy a delicious lunch and site tours.
National Bioenergy Day is an opportunity for our industry to demonstrate the benefits of bioenergy. About 60 participating organizations across the United States and in Canada opened their doors to their communities to inform people about biomass-derived forms of energy. In Washington, D.C., the newly formed Congressional Biomass Caucus conducted a panel discussion about bioenergy. This was the third annual National Bioenergy Day and was made possible with support from: Biomass Power Association; U.S. Forest Service; the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office; Plum Creek; Pellet Fuels Institute; Biomass Thermal Energy Council; U.S. Industrial Pellet Association; and Biomass Magazine. More information on National Bioenergy Day can be found at www.bioenergyday.com.
I would like to thank the ReEnergy Stratton team, particularly Regional Manager Mark Thibodeau and Administrative Assistant Diane Perkins, Sarah Boggess and Lori Whitney in the corporate office for their work in planning this event. Events like these are important elements in support of our goal to engage stakeholders and educate our communities about our facilities and the economic and environmental benefits we provide to our local communities.
ReEnergy Attempts to Break Guinness World Record
ReEnergy captained a team of more than 40 individuals that came together on May 20 to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities. The ReEnergy-led New York team planted 1,622 trees at Sand Flats State Forest. The team included representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust. Read More
On September 22, 2015 the record was officially confirmed. You can read more about that here – World Record Attempt Confirmed!!
ReEnergy Roxbury Employee Achieves Success as Community Activist
Monica Cannon, the administrative assistant at ReEnergy Roxbury (pictured right), was instrumental in planning and promoting the 3rd Annual Got Peace? basketball tournament hosted by The Peace Collaborative and The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence in conjunction with Youth In Crisis Ministries, The City of Boston and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (pictured center).
The March 14th event was a fun inter-generational sporting event to promote alternatives to violence.
Monica is director of promotions for the Peace Collaborative, which is a group established in October 2013 by a dozen community organizations. Monica represents the Back to School Block Party, which she established herself to improve her community of Roxbury.
Steve Tompkins, the Suffolk County Sheriff, describes Monica as “one of the most ardent community activists that you would ever, ever want to meet. She is a rock star.”
To promote the event, Monica was interviewed on television and participated in videos with community leaders.
Monica, who has three school-aged children, said she was moved to become an activist after a young man in her community was shot at her doorstep. “I decided the streets couldn’t have my children,” she said. “I got angry and I got involved….How can I expect anything positive to come out of the community if I don’t put anything in?”
In addition to her work with the Peace Collaborative and the Back to School Block Party for Peace, Monica is the executive director of The Tito Jackson Community Fund, the civic engagement coordinator for the NAACP, and co-chair of the Parent Council for The Lila Frederick Pilot School.
“We admire all of the work that Monica does in our community, and we thank her for making Roxbury safer and stronger,” said Richard Geisser, manager of ReEnergy Recycling Operations.