New England News Releases

Town of Temple seeks permit for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook off Mitchell Brook Road in Maine
2/15/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Town of Temple for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook...
USACE seeks comments on proposed work in wetlands and waterways off Route 78 in Swanton, Vermont
2/8/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from Vermont Agency of Transportation in Barre, Vermont, for...
USACE seeks comments on proposed work in freshwater wetlands, tributaries in Rumford, Maine
12/28/2023
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from Twin Energy LLC in Cohasset, Massachusetts, for proposed work...

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Local bird watchers descended upon West Hill Dam armed with pen, paper and a few binoculars to participate in West Hill Dam’s annual Backyard Bird Count.
Construction of the System Management Engineering Facility (SMEF), the 40,000 square foot, 2-story addition, is well underway and progressing rapidly.
For vessels wanting to enter Plymouth waters, dredging to remove shoals from the Plymouth Harbor federal navigation project in Massachusetts is currently underway and on schedule.

News From Around the Corps

USACE and Thalle Construction Company hold partnership meeting in Paducah
2/7/2024
On January 31, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and Thalle Construction Company met for their third full Kentucky Lock partnering session in Paducah, Kentucky. The purpose was to...
USACE recognizes innovative Kentucky Lock operator
1/26/2024 UPDATED
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Senior Lock and Dam Equipment Mechanic Brad Marshall, of Kentucky Lock, was recently recognized with the 2023 USACE Innovation of the Year...
Maintenance dredging of Marina del Rey harbor underway
1/16/2024
Maintenance dredging of the Marina del Rey Harbor entrance channel is underway and is scheduled to be complete in May...

Feature Stories

Sustainability topic of New England District’s Women’s History Month

Published May 30, 2013
Keynote speaker Kathy Luftus Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering, Maintenance and Energy Management for Whole Foods market, addresses the audience at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District's Women's History Month Observance on March 27, 2013 in the Concord Park Theatre.

Keynote speaker Kathy Luftus Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering, Maintenance and Energy Management for Whole Foods market, addresses the audience at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District's Women's History Month Observance on March 27, 2013 in the Concord Park Theatre.

“Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” served as the theme for the 2013 Women’s History Month event, sponsored by the Federal Women’s Program and the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, March 27 in the theatre.

Kathy Loftus, Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering, Maintenance and Energy Management for Whole Foods Market, served as guest speaker for the event. She began her presentation with some background information. She said that in high school, Loftus loved poetry and originally aspired to become an English teacher. “Then Proposition 2-1/2 was passed and my teachers advised me to become an engineer,” she said.

After high school, Loftus entered Worcester Polytechnical Institute where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After college, Loftus said she joined Crowley Engineering, which began her experience in innovative sustainability. Other companies that she worked for that she said gave her invaluable experience were Energy Investment, Eastern Utilities, Shaw’s Supermarkets and EnerNOC, before ending up in her current position at Whole Foods.

After discussing her academic and job experiences, Loftus described what an environmentally conscious business was, illustrating three primary principles of enterprise. She said that one of her company’s core values is caring about the community and the environment. Just a few examples she gave of Whole Foods’ commitment to sustainability were:

  • They are a certified Organic Grocer
  • Member of the Sustainable Seafood-Marine Stewardship Council
  • Institution of a plastic bag ban
  • Hold numerous Wind Renewable Energy certificates
  • Affiliation with U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program (LEED), GreenGlobes, EPA’s Green Power Partnership, EnergyStar and Others

According to Loftus, Whole Foods has purchased 4.3 billion megawatt hours of wind-based renewable energy and has 16 stores and one distribution center using or hosting rooftop solar systems. “We are committed to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent per square foot at all of our stores by 2015,” she said.

Other topics discussed included Growth and Industry; Statistics from the World Wildlife Fund; the Environmental Footprint of U.S. Buildings; Projected Increase in Carbon Dioxide Emissions; what can be learned from natural surroundings; opportunities for green design; Whole Foods partnerships and collaborations; Whole Foods current and proposed energy programs; the company’s energy program; fuel cells; environmental benefits and continuous improvements. Loftus concluded her presentation by taking questions from the audience.

Denise Kammerer-Cody, Federal Women’s Program Manager, and host for the day’s event, said she was very excited when Loftus accepted her invitation to speak with he District employees about her innovative work at Whole Foods and she thanked Loftus for her presentation. As a token of appreciation for Loftus’ talk, Col. Charles Samaris, New England District Commander, presented her with a New England District Bunker Hill plaque of appreciation.

Loftus sits on the Steering Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Builds Energy Alliance, coordinates EPA Program partnerships and has served as an advisor for the Grocery sector for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. In addition to past roles as Director of Business Development for a start-up energy technology firm and an electric utility company, Kathy also spent eight years as Director for Energy & Environmental Management for Shaw’s Supermarket and was a past chairperson of Food Marketing Institute’s Energy & Technical Services Committee.

Loftus was a participant on the 2005 New England Roundtable on Federal Renewable Energy Policy and is currently a participant on the Commonwealth’s Energy Efficiency Action Network’s Utility Motivation Working Group. The guest speaker is a certified energy manager through the Association of Energy Engineers. She recently served eight years on the Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and currently serves on the Commonwealth’s Large Scale Retail Development Solar, Energy Efficiency& Smart Buildings Committees. She is appointed to her town’s Renewable Energy Commission, and is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Clean Air-Cool Planet.


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