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Green marketing and public relations

Green buildings cost less to operate because they use less energy and water and produce less waste. They also provide a healthier work environment for employees and decrease environmental impact. ecoPreserve provides consulting and project management services that guide organizations through the following certification programs. We strongly believe third-party industry certifications are more than a […]
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Now registered as an Energy Star® Service Provider!

ecoPreserve’s voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR means that we will be working toward helping their clients improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities; we believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help our clients enhance their financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations.In […]

Meet the Green Destination Orlando Board of Directors

Green Destination Orlando, whose mission is to establish and promote Orlando as the recognized premier Green Destination or leisure, convenience, and business travelers, has appointed its board of directors for 2015-2016: Jeff Daniels, CFM, CEM, LEED Green Associate – Co-Founder & Board President Jane Gregory, CET, CHMM, Board Vice President Abby Gulden, LEED AP BD+C, […]

Earth Day 2015 at Orlando International Airport

If you were walking around Orlando International Airport (OIA) on Tuesday April 22nd, you may have spotted the Bag Monster roaming the ARTport in the Main Terminal, as part of OIA’s Earth Day event. Organized by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Green Team, Green Destination Orlando, and ecoPreserve, Earth Day at OIA was a […]

Orlando’s Sustainability Taskforce

ecoPreserve’s President, Alexa Stone, was appointed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to serve on the new City’s Sustainability Taskforce. Dyer made the announcement at the State of Downtown Address at the new LEED Gold Certified Amway Center. The Taskforce, Chaired by former Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, will act in an advisory role for policy […]

Announcing endorser partnership with EPA WasteWise ®

By joining WasteWise as Endorsers we can demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and play a pivotal role in conserving our natural resources and preventing pollution. As a WasteWise Endorser, we commit to: Encourage our clients and recruit organizations to become WasteWise Partners Provide measurement and tracking tools to focus on waste reduction, recycling and diversion […]

Alexa Stone Earns IF​MA’s Sustainable Facility Professional Designation​

Alexa Stone, ecoPreserve’s president, has added IFMA’s Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) designation to her list of sustainable Facility Management credentials. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has developed a specific assessment-based certificate program called the Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) credential in sustainability. The SFP credential enables professionals to use knowledge-based and data-driven methods to successfully implement […]
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Mayor and OCCC team celebrate LEED Gold!

Orange County Convention Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification The largest center in the world to receive this certification! The U.S. Green Building Council, represented by Kimberly Lewis, joined Mayor Teresa Jacobs to award Orange County Convention Center’s (OCCC) North/South Concourse with LEED® Gold Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM).  With a footprint […]
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OCCC earns record-setting gold award

Orange County Convention Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification The largest center in the world to receive this certification! The U.S. Green Building Council, represented by Kimberly Lewis, joined Mayor Teresa Jacobs to award Orange County Convention Center’s (OCCC) North/South Concourse with LEED® Gold Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM).  With a footprint […]
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Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Recognized for Sustainability

In the Airport Review News on December 14, 2015, Claire Cole reported that the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority received two awards for its environmental initiatives. First was a Recycling Recognition Award, presented by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This reflects a 52 percent recycling rate achieved by the GOAA Purchasing Department. In 2014, more […]

A return visit to the AEE World Energy Engineering Congress

We were honored to speak once again the Association of Energy Engineers 35th World Energy Engineering Congress, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. ecoPreserve joined an impressive list of industry experts, representing its pivotal role as ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider. The session focused on the role that ENERGY STAR […]

Hospitality Advocacy and the “Green Destination”

Alexa Stone (Founder) was the guest speaker, with Mayor Crotty, to the I-Drive Chamber of Commerce on May 15th where she described Orange County Convention Center’s critical role as an educational leader in sustainability.  “Because of it’s size and location, Orange County Convention Center has a responsibility to take on this role..” says Alexa, “…it’s […]
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Orlando Health’s “Live Green” initiative spotlight in the Orlando Business Journal

An Orlando Business Journal article by Angele Maraj commends the effort of the Orlando Health sustainability initiative “Live Green”. The article featured the success of Bob Resetar in forming “Green Teams” and in several green initiatives. Bob was formerly Energy Manager and is now Facility manager at South Seminole hospital. The mission of Orlando Health’s sustainability […]
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BOMA Orlando Member of the Year

BOMA Orlando President Diane Sitzer chose Alexa Stone to receive the President’s Award recognizing the association’s 2009 outstanding member of the year. Stone was chosen for her commitment to the community and sustainability in Central Florida. She has chaired BOMA’s Green Committee, facilitated green building courses, taught preparation classes for the U.S. Green Building Council’s […]
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Is green all talk?

Is green all talk? Where are the stimulus funds going? Alexa talks about the effect of the economic downturn on building sustainability – includes interview with Marty Longest, David Dunn & Mike Siner:
Car Rentals

Will rental car fleets be EV early adopters?

regular content CNBC ARTICLE The rental car industry represents 1.5 million to 2 million cars per year, a significant part of new sales. o Hertz orders 100,000 Tesla Model 3 vehicles The rental car industry’s major players have not made major commitments to electric vehicles as part of their fleets to date The Hertz deal […]
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Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) Complete Streets

JTA is the independent agency responsible for public transit and roadway infrastructure in Jacksonville, Florida. Assessed the resiliency and sustainability of future projects as part of the Mobility Corridors Project Prioritization Tool Analyzed projects using GIS information to assess the need and opportunity for different resiliency and sustainability criteria. More than 90 percent of Jacksonville […]
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Transportation electrification & EV charging

OUC is a community-owned utility, providing water and electricity to 250,000 Orlando residents EV charging accessibility research resulting in grant funding Design development for the EV resiliency hub As the City of Orlando’s utility partner, OUC supports the city’s goal of 100% renewable power and net-zero emissions by 2050. To support the transition to clean […]

Grand Avenue Neighborhood Center

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Commissioning Orlando, Florida The City of Orlando established its Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Program to upgrade streets and bikeways while providing more amenities for residents citywide. One project within that program, the redevelopment of the city’s Grand Avenue properties, would transform a school and park into a neighborhood […]

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.