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The Strategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP) is an innovative program to launch Massachusetts as a national leader in promoting the growth of new environmental and energy-efficient technologies. STEP arose out of a desire to reduce the many uncertainties facing innovative environmental technology companies.

The STEP partners: the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Executive Office of Economic Affairs, and the University of Massachusetts, have joined forces to put a support system in place which will help developers of new technologies to reduce the uncertainties and provide assistance at each stage of technology development.

Step Benefits

  • Independent assessment of your technology's performance
  • Openings into state government markets
  • Contacts with public and private business and technical assistance agencies


What does STEP offer ?

STEP offers environmental and energy technology companies an integrated package of services to assist them in moving forward with their ideas. By using the STEP resources, envirotech companies will make themselves more attractive to both public and private financing sources.

STEP services include:

Technology Assessment
Environmental and Energy technologies with insufficient cost and/or performance data are offered a formal, independent, technology evaluation through STEP. Those companies or technologies eligible for STEP assistance may receive an in-depth technical assessment through modeling, computer-based examination, development of testing protocols, and/or on-site testing in state facilities.
Business Planning
New environmental or energy technology companies often struggle without comprehensive business planning and financial expertise. A sound technology will not succeed without a sound business foundation. To address this problem, the STEP program requires all companies seeking assistance to submit a business plan for review. STEP can then coordinate assistance through referrals to the appropriate public and quasi-public agencies. STEP can also help identify short and long term market goals and needs.
Technology Demonstration and Purchasing
STEP provides opportunities to demonsrate, evaluate, and improve a technology's capabilities at state owned properties. These properties are ideally suited to meet the demonstration needs of an array of innovative envirotechnologies under a range of different operational and environmental conditions. STEP furthers its mission by helping promising new technologies gain the demonstration track record needed for financing, permitting, or commercialization. In addition, successful demonstration can lead to state purchasing of the technology.
Expedited Permitting and Guidance
Technological risks, regulatory uncertainties, and time required for permit review can pose barriers to the development of innovative technologies. The Department of Environmental Protection expedites the review process for these technologies. A team of coordinators identifies regulatory and permitting issues, facilitates the review of new projects, and works with other DEP staff to find opportunities for the demonstration and use of innovative technologies.
Technology Transfer
Once a technology is proven, widespread use in the marketplace can be slowed by a lack of good technology transfer systems. Through existing state and federal technolgy transfer systems, STEP can provide news of successful envirotechnologies to assist companies in reaching domestic and international markets.

What are Innovative Envirotechnologies ?

Innovative envirotechnologies represent a range of new and creative ideas which could revolutionize the way we use energy and reduce waste, how businesses manufacture, the way we perform environmental cleanups, and literally change waste into products.

Envirotechnologies encompass the various levels of the waste and energy use hierarchy: pollution prevention, resource and energy conservation, renewable energy technologies, recycling/reuse, and waste treatment and disposal.


STEP at the Amherst campus is led by a dynamic team of scientists and engineers. This team is expertly able to evaluate the technical aspects of environmental and energy related technologies. The team is also able to gather necessary resources of the University to fully test new technologies.

Lawrence Ambs, Ph.D. Director and University Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Director of CEERE. Major research interests are in the area of applied thermodynamics and energy conversion with particular emphasis on building systems, thermal power generation and industrial thermal processes.

Jim Manwell, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering. Research Associate Professor. Primary reseach area is in renewable energy, particularly wind energy and its integration in autonomous electrical systems.

Tony Rogers, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering. Research Associate, responsible for technical reviews,  follow-up technical enhancements and demonstrations of innovative technologies. Research interests include experimental, analytical, and practical aspects of wind and hybrid power systems.

Beka Kosanovic, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering. Project Engineer responsible for technical assessments, reviews and technical demonstrations of energy related technologies.

Eric Winkler, Ph.D. Environmental Soil Chemistry. Environmental Technology Specialist, responsible for technical assessments, enhancements and demonstrations of non-energy related technologies. Research interests include fate of organic and heavy metal contaminants in soils and water, site assessment and innovative wastewater technologies.

Graduate Research Assistants:

Tom Genovese

Ian Roth

For Further Information About STEP: Please contact, David C. Lutes

Environmental Technologies Industry Specialist Massachusetts Office of Business Development
One Ashburton Place, Room 2101
Boston, MA 02108
FAX: (617)727-8797