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Devens, A Community of Mass Development

Devens Eco-Efficiency CenterLOC Exteriors
Entrance to Fort Devens
Residential street in Devens
Devens lake

Industrial Ecology

The Devens Reuse Plan defined sustainability at Devens as "development which achieves a balance of economic, social and environmental needs, while maintaining and enhancing the natural resource base" (Vanasse Brustlin 1994). The result of this early planning was a vision for what sustainability means to Devens, its residents, users and the involved public bodies: "the thoughtful and careful redevelopment of the base for the purpose of promoting economic development, social welfare, environmental protection, and natural resources." The DEC has since incorporated a number of strategies to achieve a more sustainable approach to redevelopment of Devens.

  • Take a Sustainability Tour of Devens
    See some examples of the social, economic and environmental aspects that make Devens and the businesses and organizations here more sustainable.
  • Devens Eco Efficiency Center
    The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center is an innovative non-profit that connects businesses and organizations in Devens and the surrounding region and helps them improve their triple bottom-line through education and technical assistance.
  • EcoStar
    EcoStarEcoStar is an Environmental branding and achievement program developed by the Devens Enterprise Commission to recognize businesses and organizations that implement social, environmental and economic business practices and aid in the sustainable redevelopment of Devens.
  • “Living Green:” Resources for Devens Residents and Businesses
    Green Infrastructure Guidelines for Devens Projects
    Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center
          Devens HHW Flyer
          What to Bring
    Recycling Guidance for Devens Businesses and Residents
    Composting in your Backyard
    The Benefits of Street Trees
    Tips for Greening Your Historic Home
    Devens Low-Impact Development Case Study 2010
  • DEC Adopts Healthy Communities Proclamation
    Recognizing the link between community planning and public health, at its November 7, 2013 meeting, the Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC) unanimously adopted a resolution entitled: "PLANNING FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE THROUGH THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY DESIGN". This resolution recognizes that what we build is important, but how and where we build is equally important and can directly influence the day to day activities that impact our public health. The DEC issued a press release that describes how the proclamation furthers the sustainable redevelopment goals of Devens. View the complete proclamation here.
  • DEC Releases Health Impact Assessment Report 10-20-14
    Building on the sustainable redevelopment goals of the Devens Reuse Plan, in the Spring of 2014, the DEC undertook a study to evaluate how land use planning and design decisions can influence public health outcomes. The following report summarizes the results of this study. The DEC will use the results of this study to help educate and raise awareness of the connections between planning and public health in future development in Devens.
    Grant Road HIA Executive Summary
    Grant Road HIA Final Report
  • Devens Sustainable Housing Project
    Learn how MassDevelopment planned a project to help achieve the Governor's goal of moving toward zero net energy development in the Commonwealth while making the connection between housing, social equity, economic development and energy efficiency. The March 2013 edition of Solar Today magazine (starting on page 22) features this project as a great example of the new wave (smart wave) of residential building. In addition to sustainable building design and construction, the project features cluster and low-impact development techniques that further reduce the environmental impacts of this development. Read more about how these innovative homes were designed and constructed as a model for new housing in Massachusetts.
  • EDA Triple Bottom Line Devens Case Study
    The US Economic Development Administration (EDA), in conjunction with Portland State University, the University of Arizona, and The Reinvestment Fund, created The Triple Bottom Line Tool to help optimize investments for economic, environmental, and social impact – what's referred to as the triple bottom line or TBL. Throughout 2012-2014, investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers were able to use the TBL Tool to evaluate social, economic and environmental investment considerations. Devens, as an Eco-Industrial Park redevelopment project, was featured as a case study as part of this tool because of its triple bottom-line approach to sustainable development. Devens is the only case study that spans all six of the economic development types listed in the TBL case studies. Click here to view the Devens case study. Funding for the TBL Tool ( expired in Late 2014 so the tool is currently not active but the Devens case study is still a great example of the triple-bottom-line successes of the redevelopment of Devens to date. For more information on Devens redevelopment, contact
  • Cohen Rosenthal Eco-Industrial Networking
    Embedding eco-industrial concepts into Devens redevelopment
  • 2008 ISIE Journal article “Something in the Water”
  • Devens Goes from Khaki to Green: Public/Private Partnership Benefits Former Army Base
  • 2012 US Eco-Industrial Park Networking Event Resources
  • Devens Sustainable Indicators Reports
  • Eco-Industrial Development/Industrial Symbiosis Updates
  • Eco-Industrial Resources