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Exploring the science and strategies of epidemic outbreak control

Even after the remarkable technological breakthroughs of recent decades, infectious disease threats have significantly accelerated. ecoPreserve President Alexa Stone recently completed online study of strategies for preventing and controlling epidemics. The lectures and panel discussions that she viewed considered science-based strategies for epidemic prevention and control. These focused on actions taken by public health agencies […]

ecoPreserve Senior Project Manager to speak at WasteExpo, 2021

For over 50 years, WasteExpo has previewed technology and brought comprehensive education to the Solid Waste Management industry. Jessica Wright will be speaking at this year’s event, which will be held in Las Vegas, June 28-30.

Education and certification achieved in a challenging year

University of Central Florida alum (and ecoPreserve Sustainability Specialist) Morgan McDonald recently graduated with an Environmental Studies degree. Also, in this exceptionally challenging year, she earned accreditation as a USGBC LEED Green Associate! But wait, there’s more! In October, Morgan attended 40 hours of AHERA Asbestos Supervisor Training and passed the examination. Congratulations, Morgan, for […]
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Reduce, reuse, recycle quiz

More than 2.2 billion tons of municipal solid waste are produced each year! What can be done to avoid ocean pollution, restore pristine beaches, and limit landfills? Consider the 3 R’s: The amount of waste can be Reduced, by limiting excess production and consumption. The merchandise we buy can be handed-down, donated, or otherwise Reused. […]
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An endangered sea turtle joins our family

Morgan McDonald, Sustainability Specialist at ecoPreserve recently became “proud parent” of a rescued sea turtle. Her adoption gives this injured green sea turtle a safe home at the Atoll Marine Conservation Centre in the Maldives. The centre receives help and support from international volunteers. Their emphasis is on wildlife conservation through sustainable practices.
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Green economy quiz

Green economies — as defined by the environment program at the United Nations — are low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive.

We have a shero in our midst!

The US Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida seeks to acknowledge women who are making a difference in their local communities. The council’s Sheroes, Stand Up: Women in Green leadership recognition campaign recently named ecoPreserve Vice President Mital Hall as a 2020 South Atlantic Woman to Watch. This certificate was awarded in recognition of Mital’s contribution […]
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Global warming challenge quiz

As fossil fuels are combusted, carbon dioxide (CO2) is being sent into the atmosphere. There, CO2 — along with methane and other greenhouse gases — trap solar radiation, causing gradual heating of the Earth’s surface and oceans.
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Healthier buildings quiz

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that Americans average 7.9 hours per day at their workplaces. An environment for so many people for so many hours must support human health!

Productivity beyond the pandemic

Does the “new reality” of pandemic worklife sometimes leave you listless, sluggish, and drifting toward cynicism and gloom? That’s a 2020 flavor of burnout. Prolonged stress brings the emotional, mental, and sometimes physical exhaustion of burnout. Yes, we’re living in stressful times! At ecoPreserve’s quarterly team meeting, our special guest speaker, Holland Haiis brought a fresh perspective […]

ecoPreserve’s Vice President completes CC-P® credential requirements

Mital Hall, Vice President at ecoPreserve, recently completed all requirements for the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential. The CC-P credential, certified by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is awarded to climate change practitioners in recognition of their knowledge and strategic planning capability. Congratulations, Mital, for this latest achievement!
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Work-from-home wellness quiz

As of Spring, 2020, stay-at-home orders have the doors and emptied the parking lots of many businesses. Those businesses and their suppliers seek ways to move forward while ensuring the health and wellness of every stakeholder – whether an employee, customer, supplier, or shareholder. Telework has become an essential and immediate option. Check your knowledge […]
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AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

Tools tailored to location and need

Disaster resilience requires a select toolset, identified, adapted, or created as needed based on planning calls and inclusive workshop participation.

Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.

Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.

Today's challenges/
tomorrow's potential

ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.

In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.

Online and in-person workshops

ecoPreserve designs and leads workshops in varied formats, to achieve varied goals.

Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

  • Identify technical and business process gaps
  • Define stakeholders, recovery teams, and processes/functionalities necessary for operation
  • Highlight missed expectations from a data loss and recovery time perspective
  • Address compliance with regulatory agencies and industry standards
Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
    • Placement for social distancing
    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.