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APRIL 2016


Tower Square Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

(Springfield, MA)  Tower Square has earnedthe US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“We are pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efforts at Tower Square,” commented Fred Christensen, VP CBRE/Tower Square Management.  “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship, while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings, and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Tower Square improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization, and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch.  “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

EPA’s ENERGY STAR performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide.  A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.  Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. 

For more information about ENERGY STAR certification for commercial buildings visit:


Administrative Professionals Day is April 27th

Do You Know Where Your Admin Will Be?

Comedian Cory Kahaney will have admins laughing thru lunch as
 the featured entertainer for this year’s Tower Square luncheon.


Hopefully you have already registered your admin (or yourself) for the annual Tower Square Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon.  If not, you might want to hurry up and do so, as this event, held at the exclusive Colony Club on April 27th, is expected to sell out quickly.


So what’s all the fuss about?  It’s about celebrating the women and men who keep our offices running smoothly. 


In an effort to make it easier for executives to honor their admins, the CBRE/Tower Square management office produces this event each year featuring professional entertainment, an exquisite lunch prepared by the Colony Club’s Executive Chef and gifts for all attendees as well as raffle prizes.


This  year’s luncheon will feature a performance by comedian Cory Kahaney, who has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The View and NBC’s Last Comic Standing to name a few.  As a mother, daughter, wife and ex-wife, Cory will have luncheon attendees in stitches as she recounts her hilarious life in all of her varied roles.


The all-inclusive cost is $20 per person.  Seating is limited and registration is accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.  


Help Our Kids Inc. Prepares for the Second Annual Fitting For The Future Event



(Springfield, MA) – Approximately sixty teenagers in the foster care system in Western Massachusetts will be treated to a wonderful day of pampering at Tower Square on Saturday, April 2nd, as the Help Our Kids non-profit organization prepares for their second annual Fitting For The Future event designed not only to help the teens feel good about themselves, but also to prepare them for upcoming special life events.

The Fitting For The Future event provides an opportunity for eligible local high school juniors and seniors to choose from hundreds of donated dresses, men’s suits, shoes and accessories suitable to wear to their prom, graduation, job interviews or other special occasions.  For the past eight months, Help Our Kids founder and event organizer, Noryn A. Resnick, along with a team of volunteers have been collecting donations and in some cases purchasing items as well.

“It means so much to these kids to know that they matter, and that the community has come together to provide them with these things that would otherwise be beyond their grasp,” explained Resnick.

In addition to the free clothing (tailored on site) and accessories, the teens will also have the opportunity to have their hair and make-up done by local stylists who are donating their time for the event.  There will also be a team of volunteers from the Hallmark Institute of Photography to take professional photographs of each participant after their make-over for them to have as a keepsake.

Judging from last year’s event, this year’s second annual Fitting For The Future promises to be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.

“It was very gratifying last year to watch the expressions on the kids’ faces change from apprehension to smiles as they shopped in a way they had never experienced before,” added Resnick.  “It was a transforming moment for the kids and the volunteers.”

The Fitting For The Future event, will be held on Saturday, April 2nd from 9am – 4pm in the Tower Square Meeting Room.  It is a closed event, open only to eligible pre-registered local teens in the foster care system. 

For additional information on Fitting for the Future and how you can help local youth in the foster care system visit the Help Our Kids website at:


Valley Venture Mentors Startups Want Your Input!

The new Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Accelerator startups need your help!  You are invited to stop by the VVM headquarters on street level on April 1 from 5 – 8pm for a mock trade show of sorts to give the startups some feedback on their products and presentations.  Each startup will be set up at a booth, something most of them have not done before.  So they are looking for a little advice to help prepare them for the “real deal” at the Accelerator Awards on May 26th where VVM will distribute $250k in prizes!  RSVP at:

Another opportunity to help local entrepreneurs is to take advantage of VVM’s networking and mentoring monthly meetings.  According to the experts at VVM, startup entrepreneurs often lack a deep network of relationships, severely decreasing their survivability.  Meanwhile, many business executives are interested in mentoring startups, but lack a way of easily and enjoyably finding and helping the right ventures.  So VVM invites startups and mentors to attend their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month to help both to build real relationships, and to see how the ventures evolve over time.  The next meeting is Wednesday, April 13 from 5-8pm at VVM headquarters on street level at Tower Square.  Free beer, wine and gourmet hor d’oeuvres are provided to help fule the evening’s festivities!  RSVP at:

Learn more about Valley Venture Mentors on line at:





Congressional Art Competition on Display at Tower Square


Quiet Ferocity by Anya Sheldon

 of Williamstown, MA, was

the 2015 winner for District 1


Some of the region’s best high school artists will have their work on display at Tower Square this month as part of the Congressional Art Competition entitled Artistic Discovery.


Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Congressman Richard Neal’s office installs the 1st District’s exhibit at Tower Square each year, where it is judged and the winner is selected for our district. 

This year the exhibit will run from April 18 – 29 in Center Court on street level.  So be sure to stop by and enjoy the students’ talented works while you have the chance.






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