Patrick lauds success of Westborough-based Conservation Services Group


By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor

Westborough – Gov. Deval Patrick (left) meets with Steve Cowell (right), the CEO and founder of Conservation Services Group (CSG) April 26 at the company's open house to celebrate its expansion to new headquarters at 50 Washington St. in Westborough.

CSG was founded by Cowell in 1984 as a small, non-profit company whose focus was to promote clean energy technologies as a way for consumers and companies to become more energy efficient as well as save money. Since then, it has expanded to 22 offices and 800 employees nationwide.

The company's headquarters were previously located at 40 Washington St. The new building employs many energy efficient strategies, Cowell said, such as a 12 kilowatt PV solar system, a new HVAC system, electric car charger and recycled carpeting throughout the building. The building has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting the criteria to earn the designation of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified.

Patrick praised the work of Cowell and his employees at the open house.

“So many of you are critical to the framework of the success here,” he said. “This type of company is important for the here and now, but there are also reasons to care about the environment for future generations. You are setting a great example.”

Cowell in turn thanked Patrick and his administration for their help.

“There has been a “sea change” in the commonwealth with your administration,” he said. “Economic growth is going up and energy savings are going up. We are always going to keep trying harder to help more people. When we do, the returns are tremendous.”