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WTS-Boston congratulates Yvonne Graves Jones on being selected for the 2016 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award!


WTS-Boston congratulates Yvonne Graves Jones on being selected for the 2016 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award!

Yvonne Graves Jones
Electrical Engineer
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation

The DCR LED Outdoor Light Conversion Project, led by Yvonne Graves Jones, is a project that has gone from an idea to a built reality, saving money and energy. The project is providing safety enhancements for our communities, many of which are in Boston’s disadvantaged neighborhoods such as Roxbury, Rosendale, and Dorchester. Ms. Jones attributes the project’s success to looking internally within her agency for talented people and then finding the right consultants.  She said the project’s success can be attributed to “being able to manage a project efficiently from a big picture perspective – with a great team”.

Under Governor Baker’s leadership, Massachusetts is driven to reduce electrical consumption, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emission at state-owned sites.  The State’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in partnership with the Leading by Example Program at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), has tasked Ms. Jones and her team with converting all of its outdoor lights to LED lighting. Infrastructure improvements are a large part of this project. Street and sidewalk light poles that are broken or in a state of disrepair will be replaced. Where needed, poles will be rewired, new fuses added, and control ready units installed. The lifespan of LED lighting is approximately 15 years, allowing the Commonwealth to save on material and maintenance costs.

Born and raised in the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston, Ms. Jones started her career as a Civil Engineer I at what is now known as MassDOT Highway. She rose to become a Civil Engineer II in the Traffic Section of the Engineering Division of what is now known as DCR, where she has managed key projects, including the conversion of 200 traffic signals into light emitting diode (LED) fixtures in 2005. In 2006, she was promoted to manager of DCR Lighting and Electrical. Ms. Jones has led STV, the firm contracted to provide design and construction administration services, and a team of women on this innovative project. The stellar team included: Mary Clutchey, Program Coordinator, Administration and Finance Division, who led the project’s financial backing; Ariola Molla, Contract Specialist, Contract Administration Office, Administration and Finance Division, who performed all of the contract preparation, advertisement, and awards; Nancy Putnam, Regional Planner IV, Office of Resource, Planning and Engineering Division, who led the conservation commission coordination; Chandreyee Lahiri, GIS Specialist, GIS/Planning and Engineering Division, who prepared complex GIS mapping and graphic art to locate the lighting systems via an online platform; Rhonda Harmych, PMP, ENV SP, Associate Project Manager, TRC Energy Services, who guided the project through the utilities’ incentive programs by calculating energy savings and securing incentives that offset the costs of the installation of the energy efficient technologies; Lydia M. Rivera, Public Relations and Communications Strategist, LydRiv Communications, who collaborated with DCR staff to identify and implement community relations strategies that effectively promoted the project's goals and progress to the public.

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