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Physical Plant Director Ferro Honored by Mayor Walsh
April 25, 2016
Bob Ferro, director of Wentworth’s Physical Plant, was honored on Earth Day—April 22—for his commitment to green initiatives and community work.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh presented Ferro the Community Engagement award during the 2016 Greenovate Boston event held at Fenway Park. The award recognizes “outstanding leadership in creating a green and sustainable future for the City of Boston.”
For 26 years, Ferro has been instrumental in Wentworth’s partnership with the Boston Public Schools STRIVE program, which is comprised of the Wentworth Training Program, Go Green Recycling Program, and Facilities Management Program. Ferro’s work has provided vocational exploration, training, and employment to thousands of high school students with significant disabilities.
The Go Green Recycling program provides structured experiences in recycling, with collected recyclable materials being cleaned, weighed, and sold for reuse. The Wentworth Facilities program provides a high level of technical experience in equipment operation, cleaning, and facilities management. Skills from both programs are transferable to a variety of career pathways in facilities management, environmental services, and other career fields.
Members of STRIVE attended the Greenovate event with Ferro and his family.
- August 16, 2018—Brian Yaceshyn, BSEE '18, used his training from the Institute to update some of the programs for New Student Orientation, Wentworth Opening Week, and First Year Seminar.
- July 17, 2018—Reporter Fred Thys visited the site twice to produce his broadcast segment and article for the WBUR website.
- June 27, 2018—Shimadzu Scientific Instruments recently increased its support for Wentworth, contributing a cash gift of $125,000 for the RAMP program after agreeing to provide significantly discounted lab equipment for the new building for engineering, innovation, and sciences.