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Maritime industry responds to climate concerns

Each year, cruise and commercial ships release about 1 billion metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.[1] That equals the impact of 268 coal-fired power plants or 215 million gas-fueled automobiles.[2] The United Nations is responding to the problem. This November, it will issue a green shipping challenge at its Climate Change Conference, COP27. The […]

Resiliency means better traction for the rough roads ahead

Earth’s atmosphere is warming faster than ever before. The atmospheric co2 concentration today exceeds 370 ppm; 28% higher than a half century ago.[1] As a heavier greenhouse gas blanket traps heat, the storms, fires, floods, extreme temperatures that once were 100-year events have become today’s news. Hazards that are more frequent and more severe bring […]

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 […]

ecoPreserve volunteers plant, paint, and play at the Primrose Center

Volunteers from the ecoPreserve team have joined in community service activities, working with Hands On Orlando. A recent event brought ecoPreserve team members Nate Boyd, Camille Mekwinski, Ashley Schnetzer, and Oscar Vargas to the Primrose Center along with Nicole Maharaj of Hands On Orlando. The cornhole game pictured above was set up for enjoyment by several […]

Introducing the SME Climate Hub: resources for climate action

The SME Climate Hub is a global initiative that empowers small to medium-sized companies to take climate action and build resilient businesses for the future. The Hub is an initiative of the We Mean Business Coalition, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign in collaboration with Normative and the Net […]

Getting ‘round to circularity
in Construction and Demolition (C&D)

The built environment uses roughly half of all materials mined or otherwise taken from the crust of this planet. Each year, construction (including highway construction) extracts tonnage that is equivalent to two-thirds of Mount Everest. Construction creates an estimated third of the world’s overall waste, causing no less than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions.[1] A […]

How Orlando brings greater green to developers and the community

The City of Orlando has targeted a 20% reduction in total electricity consumption. The baseline year for that goal was 2010 when per capita consumption was 12,003 KwH. A related 2040 goal aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 90% below 2007 levels.[1] Towards those achievements, the city has initiated a Green Building Incentive Program (GBIP). […]

Sustainable investments favored as economies evolve

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are well-known in international business.[1] In an investment decision, ESG data provides a way to earn financial returns while participating in long-term safeguarding of the planet and having positive impact on people’s lives.[2] The number of sustainable funds have more than tripled in the past decade. As of March […]

Earth Day/Every Day resolutions
as shared by our team

Recently, several members of our team looked back at Earth Day, 2022. These are some of the thoughts they shared about “everyday Earth Days” in their lives. Earth Day is about appreciating the beauty and importance of nature. We often take it for granted, but everything from the trees to the bugs to the air […]