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RISE Engineering Recognized for Top Mercury Thermostat Recycling Efforts in Rhode Island

Posted Oct 14, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I., October 11, 2016 — Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) along with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the RI Office of Energy Resources (OER) have 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 this morning, during National Energy Awareness Month, at the company’s headquarters in Cranston, R.I.
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, accounting for 53 percent of the entire 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 they continue 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, TRC’s Executive Director.

“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 OER Commissioner Carol Grant. “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, preventing associated health and environmental impacts. Their retrofitting program has generated thousands of mercury-added thermostats for recycling, significantly impacting 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, RIDEM’s Mercury Reduction Program Coordinator.

“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, RISE Engineering’s Director of Residential Services. “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.”

About Thermostat Recycling Corporation
Thermostat Recycling Corporation, founded in 1998, is an industry-funded non-profit corporation supported by 29 manufacturers who historically branded and sold mercury thermostats in the United States. TRC maintains a network of more than 3,600 collection sites nationwide and has recovered more
than 2.1 million thermostats, 10 tons of mercury, since its inception. TRC assumes all costs to transport and properly dispose of mercury switch thermostats recovered from service. Learn more about TRC by finding us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.

About RISE Engineering
RISE Engineering works with utilities and other program sponsors to offer energy end-users comprehensive efficiency services that reduce the operating expense and environmental footprint of homes, businesses and other facilities. The company has implemented nearly $1 billion in energy improvements and has played major roles for several program sponsors and entities that have attained national awards and recognition for energy-efficiency program delivery. RISE is headquartered in Cranston, R.I. and maintains field offices in Mass., N.H. and N.Y. Founded in 1977, today it is a division of Thielsch Engineering, Inc., an employee-owned business that Providence Business News recently named one of Rhode Island’s Fastest Growing Companies. Learn more at RISEengineering.com.

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Contacts:

Ryan Kiscaden, Executive Director
Thermostat Recycling Corp.
(571) 302-0877
ryan.kiscaden@thermostat-recycle.org
 
Douglas Sayles, Communications Director
RISE Engineering
(401) 784-3700 x6176
dsayles@RISEengineering.com