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CAPACCIO Employees Take Part in “Every Step Counts” Wellness Challenge
Employees at CAPACCIO stepped up their game recently by taking part in a company-wide wellness challenge which involved exercise and the use of pedometers. For eight weeks, employees were challenged to achieve 10,000 steps per day to promote or increase exercise and, at the same time, participate in a fun and competitive challenge at work.
CAPACCIO had a 90% participation rate in this challenge. Employees who participated received a pedometer and were challenged to log as many steps or other cardio-activities into a tracker. To gain steps, some employees scheduled 15 minute walks at 11 am and 2 pm each day. Others would go for a walk, jog, or run before or after work or at lunch, and some scheduled “walking meetings.” Cardiovascular exercises/activities such as biking, rowing, or playing softball, could also be logged and converted to equivalent steps based on the intensity of the activity. To add a competitive element to the challenge, three teams were formed: Nike, New Balance, and Adidas. The team that logged the most steps was awarded additional points which can be turned in for an award at the end of the year.
During the eight week challenge, CAPACCIO employees collectively logged 13,169,857 steps on their pedometers! Team New Balance stepped it up to win the contest with 5,229,052 steps, but the results were close and the teams were very competitive! Individually, three people did more than a million steps, six did more than ¾-million steps, fourteen did more than half-million steps, and twenty one did more than ¼-million steps!
CAPACCIO is committed to the health and well-being of its employees. We run one wellness campaign each quarter. In the spring, employees participated in a “Strive for Five” fruits and vegetables challenge where the goal was to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, over a six week period. In addition to providing fun, team-building opportunities, the program helps us to keep healthy.
CAPACCIO Participated In 15th Annual Flutie 5K
On Sunday, October 5, a team of runners from Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. participated in the 15th Annual Eastern Bank Flutie 5K Run For Autism. All proceeds from the race benefited the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. Runners left from the Metrowest Medical Center, Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick and prizes were awarded for top fundraisers. A post-race luncheon hosted by Wegmans included music and kids' activities and an award ceremony.
CAPACCIO Sponsored and Participated in OARS Annual River Cleanup
On Saturday, September 20, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. sponsored and employees participated in the 28th Annual River Cleanup to benefit OARS. OARS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds, and to increase public awareness of the rivers’ values as important natural resources. Along with being a sponsor of this event, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.is also a member of OARS.
Volunteers waded the waters of the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers to haul tires, bicycles, TVs, rugs, furniture, and other items from the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers in an effort to clean and beautify our waterways. The volunteer’s hard work was rewarded with pizza celebrations along the rivers, thanks to the generosity of pizza parlors throughout the watersheds.
For more information about OARS, please visit: http://www.oars3rivers.org
CAPACCIO Achieves 6th Place In ZweigWhite’s Best Places to Work Contest
July, 2014 - CAPACCIO is proud to announce it achieved 6th place - out of approximately 500 environmental firms who entered across the US and Canada - in ZweigWhite’s Best Places to Work contest. ZweigWhite provides management information and expertise to architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms worldwide. CAPACCIO, and this year's other winners, will be officially announced and honored at . ZweigWhite’s Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference on September 25-26, 2014.
The contest, which was based on anonymous employee surveys, was conducted by ELI Research, and recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, and multidiscipline firms in the US and Canada. The results are based on questions regarding workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more.
CAPACCIO’s vision includes being a great place to work, with a talented, energetic, and passionately engaged staff committed to the success of our clients and to each other. Toward this end, we foster an atmosphere for professional growth, innovation, teamwork, open-communication, and feeling valued, and are very excited to be recognized for our efforts toward this goal.
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TEAM CAPACCIO Competes in Annual Run of the Charles Canoe Race
CAPACCIO participated in the Run of the Charles River Canoe and Kayak Race on Sunday, April 27. The event is the signature event of the Charles River Watershed Association and the largest flat bottom boat race in New England. The Run of the Charles draws an average of 1,400 racers and thousands of spectators each year. A CAPACCIO team participated in the 24-Mile Corporate Relay and posted its best time ever (5:05:12). Professional paddler, Travis Wheeler got the team ready and each year has improved our standings. Great job team!
"CAPACCIO Employee News"
Welcome to Jeff Briggs who joins CAPACCIO as a Senior Project Manager. Jeff brings more than eight years of experience in the engineering industry with a particular expertise as a project manager and estimator on small to medium size water and wastewater infrastructure projects. His specialties include final engineering design and construction administration of engineering design plans including construction estimating, equipment selection and procurement, and resident construction services. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Small Vessel Operations from the Maine Maritime Academy and several licenses and certifications. Prior to joining CAPACCIO, Mr. Briggs was a project manager and estimator at a large privately owned construction company.
Welcome to David Averill, EIT, who joins us as an Environmental Engineer. Dave comes to us after three and a half years as a Process Engineer, where he oversaw production and manufacturing processes. His experience includes designing and implementing process safety as well as troubleshooting process issues and performing root cause analysis. Dave is a 2010 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He is a certified Engineer in Training (EIT), holds a wastewater operator license (grade 5C), as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Dave will utilize his knowledge by serving as project manager for upcoming engineering projects.
Congratulations to Karyn Tirabassi, CPSM, Senior Marketing Manager, on achieving her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) credential. The CPSM credential is a voluntary certification designed to elevate the individual’s professional standards in marketing and serves as a mark of distinction for professional services marketers and business developers.
Welcome to Alex Wong Berman who joins us as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Scientist. In this role, Alex will assist clients with a wide range of EH&S services including reviewing EH&S regulatory and compliance issues; developing, revising and implementing written EH&S programs and policies for chemical hygiene, biosafety, radiation, hazardous waste, ergonomics, and incidents investigations. He will also provide employee training for the above programs as well as for OSHA compliant programs including bloodborne pathogens, Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), among others. Through his experience with a variety of federal and state regulations (EPA, RCRA, MassDEP/DPH, NRC, OSHA, etc.) he will also assist with EH&S permit and registration submittals.
Prior to joining CAPACCIO, Alex was an EH&S Associate at a Cambridge-based pharmaceutical company where he gained a wide range of experience in a variety of EH&S compliance areas. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in Environmental Science and his certifications include OSHA 24 hour HAZWOPER (Emergency Response Technician); RCRA 12 hour Hazardous Waste; American Heart Association First Aid CPR AED; and DOT 8 hour Hazardous Materials.
Congratulations to several CAPACCIO staffers for completing various professional certifications. Jill Vernes received her Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Toxics Use Reduction Planner (TURP) certifications. Jonquil Li, Travis Wheeler and Julie Muszalski all became certified RABQSA Auditors. Great work!