Sanborn Head is proud to once again sponsor the EBC EBEE Awards being held virtually on June 10, and to announce that the Polar Park project is the recipient of the 2021 EBC Nicholas Humber Environmental-Energy Award for Outstanding Collaboration.

Polar Park was a challenging urban renewal project that has revitalized over 18 acres of brownfields that sat vacant for decades in the heart of Worcester, Massachusetts. As an urban renewal project, Polar Park was led by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA) in partnership with the City of Worcester and the Worcester Red Sox, Triple-A affiliate to the Boston Red Sox, who have relocated from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The brownfields redevelopment effort also involved coordination and compliance among seven Release Tracking Numbers (RTN) on record with MassDEP.

Over 150,000 tons of soil had to be excavated, managed, and transported. The cost of the brownfields assessment and remediation was supported in part by an Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Cleanup Grant from MassDevelopment’s Brownfields Redevelopment Fund.

The Ballpark will serve as a hub for community activity in the City, hosting 70 Minor Leagues Baseball games per year in addition to numerous other activities such as concerts, high school, and college sporting events, fundraisers for local community organizations and non-profits (including the WooSox Foundation), fireworks shows, and high school graduations. Numerous businesses already elected to move or expand to Worcester because of the presence of the Ballpark and the Worcester Red Sox, and more development in the Canal District is specifically expected to follow.

Each year, the EBC recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards Celebration. These awards were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental professionals to serve as models for others to emulate and, in doing so, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

This award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on March 4, 2002, recognizes a project or endeavor which demonstrates outstanding collaboration between an EBC member and other persons or organizations and which reflects the global environmental values and human spirit exemplified by Nicholas Humber.

The EBEE Awards were established to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental professionals to serve as models for others to emulate and, in doing so, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

To learn more and register for the virtual celebration, visit the EBC website.

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