CRANSTON, R.I. — Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC), along with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), formally recognized energy solutions provider Rise Engineering as the top mercury thermostat recycler in Rhode Island in 2015. State officials presented a citation from the office of the governor to Rise Engineering during National Energy Awareness Month at the company’s headquarters in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Rise Engineering was the top-performing TRC collection partner in the state in terms of total recycling bins returned (13) and mercury thermostats recycled (1,171) in 2015, which accounted for 53 percent of the state’s mercury thermostat collections for the year.
Since joining TRC’s program in 2013, Rise has recovered a total of 22 pounds of mercury in Rhode Island.
“We are very pleased with Rise Engineering’s efforts as the company continues to significantly contribute to Rhode Island’s collection numbers each year. Their dedication to the program and the environment shows in their results,” said Ryan Kiscaden, executive director, TRC.
“We congratulate Rise Engineering on its environmental and energy-efficiency accomplishments. As a National Grid energy-efficiency program vendor, Rise has helped Rhode Island residents and businesses across the state to decrease their energy costs,” said Carol Grant, commissioner, OER. “We applaud Rise’s ongoing commitment to conducting this important work in an environmentally conscientious way.”
“Rise Engineering is playing an important role in improving energy efficiency in Rhode Island and helping to ensure hazardous mercury is properly handled, thus preventing associated health and environmental impacts. Their retrofitting program has generated thousands of mercury-added thermostats for recycling, which significantly impacts the amount of mercury that has been reduced in the environment. We applaud their efforts and look forward to their continued commitment to this important environmental issue,” said Beverly Migliore, mercury reduction program coordinator, DEM.
“We’re honored to be recognized by the state and TRC and are proud to play our part in these recycling efforts,” said Brian Kearney, engineering director of residential services, Rise Engineering. “Our ability to replace mercury thermostats with digital programmable thermostats is a direct result of our role implementing National Grid’s EnergyWise Home Energy Services and Multifamily Energy Efficiency Programs.”
Publication date: 12/12/2016