Salas O’Brien has opened a new office in Boston, MA, with a special goal of helping higher education and similar clients as they push toward carbon neutrality.
So far, 31 colleges and universities in Massachusetts have signed the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments Carbon Commitment, pledging to develop Climate Action Plans and evaluate their progress toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The state has also proposed legislation calling for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The bill includes ambitious targets for carbon reduction by setting benchmarks that require a reduction in carbon emissions limits every five years and tracking the adoption of emissions-reduction products and technology.
As experts in energy efficiency, GHG-emissions reduction, and building energy performance standards (BEPS), we are committed to helping our partners not only meet mandated requirements but also realize significant cost savings over the life of their facilities.
We’ve already helped several partners in the Northeast reduce their carbon footprints by designing systems that maximize energy efficiency. For example, the team designed a ground source heat pump system for Cornell Tech’s Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
Similarly, we developed energy master plans for Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, and Smith College in Northampton, MA, to transition the campuses from steam to ground source heat exchange hot water heating. Mount Holyoke College is projected to realize carbon neutrality by 2037. Additionally, Smith College’s plan features an innovative sewage heat recovery system. Smith College is on track to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. We’ve also performed a geothermal feasibility study and developed a comprehensive infrastructure master plan to help Princeton University reduce its GHG emissions and integrate sustainability into the long-term growth of its campus.
Adding the Boston office will further strengthen our capabilities and allow our team to provide local, hands-on support.
“Salas O’Brien has been very active in campus energy planning in Massachusetts and throughout New England because of our unique expertise in electrification and geothermal systems,” said Deirdre McDaniel, managing principal of the Boston office. “We are committed to ensuring our clients have ready access to the technical expertise we can now provide locally through our Boston office.”
Senior Mechanical Engineer Mike Hovanec, PE, will provide day-to-day leadership for the Boston office. He joined Salas O’Brien in November 2019, bringing more than 18 years of experience in sustainable design, 13 of which were in leadership positions.
“Mike’s mentoring young engineers, his quality of work, and his leadership abilities were exactly what we wanted for the Boston office,” said Principal Jeff Urlaub. “With these skills, Mike will ensure Boston’s team shows the Northeast what the Salas O’Brien difference is all about.”
Our newest office is open and ready to serve you. Contact us to discuss how our Boston team can help.