The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) recognized the Encore Boston Harbor project with the 2020 James D.P. Farrell Award for Brownfields-Remediation Project of the Year. Brown Rudnick, led by Boston-based Partners Gregory Sampson and Jed Nosal, was among the 13 companies and organizations recognized for their work on the project that saw the redevelopment and revitalization of the former Monsanto Chemical Company site on the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts.

The redevelopment project involved the removal of 890,000 tons of contaminated soil from the site and included the construction of a living shoreline, a 1MW solar array, 3 MW cogeneration plant, 4MW battery energy storage system, and a rainwater irrigation system. The site is now home to Encore Boston Harbor, an integrated resort that features approximately 210,000 square feet of casino space with 161 table games and 2,833 slot machines, private and high-limit gaming areas, and a poker room. Encore Boston Harbor also features a luxury hotel tower with a total of 671 guest rooms and suites, which offers a spa and salon. In addition, Encore Boston Harbor offers 16 food and beverage outlets and a nightclub, approximately 8,000 square feet of retail space, and approximately 71,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Public attractions on the site include a waterfront park, floral displays, and water shuttle service to downtown Boston.

The EBC James D.P. Farrell Award for Brownfields-Remediation Project of the Year is awarded to a Brownfields project in which an EBC member organization has had significant involvement and that serves as an example of excellence notwithstanding the social, economic, technical, and institutional challenges imposed. The award is one of a series presented at the annual EBEE Awards Celebration, recognizing companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment. This year's celebration will take place virtually on September 17, 2020.

The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) was established in 1990 by environmental and energy company executives who began meeting on a regular basis to exchange ideas and share experiences. The EBC was the first organization in the United States established to support and foster the development of the environmental industry. The goal of the EBC is to enhance business and job growth of both established and emerging environmental and energy businesses.