• Two employees honored by feds
    July 08,2013
     

    BOSTON — Two Vermont state employees were honored at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony.

    Kiersten Bourgeois in the Vermont Agency for Commerce and Community Development and Patricia Coppolino in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation together received one of 28 awards given to people and organizations across New England for their significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving.

    Bourgeois and Coppolino received their award in the local, state or federal governmental category for their role in cleaning and redeveloping properties contaminated by hazardous materials. According to the EPA’s description of their efforts, their partnership is a model for how to combine protection of human health and the environment with the reuse of brownfields properties — abandoned, idle or underused industrial and commercial properties with suspected environmental contamination.

    Among their successful projects was Springfield’s 100 River Street, a former machine tool factory contaminated by PCBs that was cleaned and redeveloped, and is now home to the Springfield Health Center.

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