After the Flood: Regenerative Design, Renewal, Resilience

The Center for Creative Solutions is offering a unique professional development workshop entitled “After the Flood: Regenerative Design, Renewal, Resilience.”  The six day workshop will run from August 4th to 10th in Jamaica, Vermont and will offer the opportunity to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of exceptional practitioners, including Michael Singer and Calen Colby, and engage in a creative process that opens up new thinking about rural communities affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The workshop will focus on the village of Jamaica, VT, which lost historic buildings and land that made up its center. The workshop will include professionals from the arts, public history, sustainable landscape design, planning, engineering and other disciplines to experience a creative process for addressing 21st century challenging issues. For more information and to register, please visit the CSC website.

Calen Colby Co-Chairs Society of American Military Engineers Regional Conference

Calen Colby served as the co-chair of the 2012 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New England & North Atlantic Regional Training Conference which was held June 25-27 in Portland, Maine.  The conference, open to both military and civilian attendees, offered the opportunity to attend presentations addressing:

• Design and Construction
• Asset Management
• Emergency Planning and Homeland Security
• Sustainability
• Green Remediation and Infrastructure
• Water Resources
• Small Business
• Federal Source Selection & Acquisition Overview
• Government Contracting Opportunities

The conference was planned jointly by the Boston, Piscataqua, and Narragansett SAME Posts over an eighteen month period.  The conference had over 275 attendees and in addition to the educational opportunities, also featured a golf tournament and an icebreaker reception held at the Ocean Gateway for networking.

Building Energy Conference 2012

Sonia Barrantes, mechanical engineer at Colby Co., recently attended the Building Energy 2012 Conference in Boston, MA.  According to, BuildingEnergy is the most established and most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high performance building conference in the region. Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, it brings together architects, engineers, builders, policymakers, developers and building managers for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions and a high-level trade show.

Sonia attended numerous information and interesting sessions that included:

Commercial and Institutional Net Zero: Methods and Case Studies
High Performance Hybrid Wall Systems
What To Do With Steam (Retrofits to old steam systems and when to convert to hydronic heating)
Health Care Ventilation and Radiant/Induction Cooling
Green Mill Renovation

The tradeshow featured over 170 vendors that showcased state-of-the-art technology and practical applications in the renewable energy and sustainable building industries.  Tradeshow standouts included improved flat plate solar hot water collectors, industrial biomass boilers, new solar panel models, and examples of net-zero and wind projects.