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Online event to focus on energy and environmental careers

Are you working in the energy and environmental sector or pursuing opportunities there? Here’s an online event that you may wish to consider: On Wednesday, April 20th at 4:00 pm Eastern time, the Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) will present a Career Spotlight and Mastermind Coaching Session. Register for the 4/20/2022 […]
Plastic bags in ocean water
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Where on Earth are plastic bags banned?

As plastic bags pollute shorelines, landfills, and the oceans, communities and entire countries are taking action. In the U.S., some states and localities have bans or limited restrictions. Worldwide, 77 countries regulate them. Here’s an update as of Q3, 2021: China led the way more than a dozen years ago when it outlawed thin plastic […]
Water Infrastructure
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Water system funding may soon pour in

The U.S. has significant water problems. More than 15% of wastewater utilities have reached or exceeded their design capacity. There is a water main break every two minutes. Those problems, and others, have earned low marks on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The U.S. gets a “C-” for its drinking water. […]
Electric Cars
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Will tomorrow’s autos take us beyond the climate crisis?

We hear so much from auto manufacturers about Greenhouse Gas (GhG) reduction goals for 2030 and beyond! Auto manufacturer goals are important and commendable, but many other sectors must be involved to take us beyond the climate crisis. Achieving the original Paris Climate accords goal (50% below 2017 emissions) will require significant consumer and corporate […]
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The challenge of recycling plastics right

If no one buys the recyclables, then they are trash. This is the message you should take away from this SoCal video on the struggles of California recycling. Cities, counties, and states around the U.S. are struggling to find a better way to educate and engage residents and businesses in recycling clean materials. If we […]
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As petrolplastics pile up, meet the bioplastics!

Petroleum-based plastics are piling-up on landfills, littering beaches, and polluting oceans. They may take hundreds of years to decompose. Concern over that environmental blight has led eight states to ban single-use plastic bags[1]. Similar laws in municipalities across the country forbid the distribution of plastic straws, stirrers, and takeout containers.[2] In all of those places, […]
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Better carbon capture reduces power plant emissions

Since the 19th century, Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions have increased Earth’s average temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comprises 65% of those emissions. Coal-fired power facilities pollute the most. Even so — in one year — natural gas sent 523 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.[1] A new technology may one day reduce those […]
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Two certifications focus on a healthier building environment

Two certification programs respond to today’s need for healthier buildings. The WELL Building Standard (WELL) and Fitwel have both have been implemented at leading global organizations. Their common purpose is to improve the health and well-being of building occupants. WELL certification 4,288 projects across 62 countries are applying WELL Building Standard. This is bringing optimal […]
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Workbook teaches families to “go green while in quarantine”

The Green Actioneers[1], sixty sustainability students from the University of Central Florida, recently published a spiral-bound activity book for families. The two-sided Green Actioneers Workbook[2] suggests free or inexpensive ways to reduce carbon and water footprints. Parents read one side; children solve puzzles and color on the other. News and Notes items accompany the longer […]

10 Online resources for Earth Day 2020

April 22nd will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, people will gather online rather than in parks. Information will be shared through teleconferences, not classrooms. People who wish to respond to this year’s theme, climate action, will participate and plan in remote sessions. Other resources in this list include suggested activities for […]
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The greater costs of larger landfills

Nearly 70 local governments have canceled or suspended curbside recycling since 2017, when China put scrap import restrictions in place.[1] Less recycling means more waste. Some of that may be incinerated, and some (especially cans and bottles) will go to landfills.[2] Larger landfills are more than a real estate expense. More than 60,000 untested chemicals pervade consumer products. When […]
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Urban farm to bring better nutrition to more students

Orlando, Florida, is about to experience a better food future. An urban farm, the 4Roots Farm Campus, will bring the “four roots” of  education, health, economic development, and sustainability to a district now under construction near downtown. The 4Roots Foundation, a sustainable agriculture initiative of 4 Rivers Restaurants, is collaborating with the Plant Science & […]
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List of 100 most sustainable corporations announced

Ørsted A/S, a Danish energy company that focuses on renewable energy, is at the top of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list.[1] Rankings are based on up to 21 key performance measures (KPM) that assess management of resources, employees, and finances.[2] Data for the assessment is retrieved from sources available to the public. A […]
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Thanksgiving thoughts amid climate concerns

In 2019, we found much to be thankful for! Advances in food security Scientists have unlocked the structure of key components of photosynthesis, the foundation of life on Earth. This discovery could lead to photosynthesis being ‘redesigned’ to achieve higher agricultural production yields that meet urgent food security needs.[1] Better batteries Storage solutions for renewable […]
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ESG factors: essential to investment

Disclosure of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors is an international business investment standard. European companies with more than 500 employees must disclose ESG factors in order to operate. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission has the authority to require disclosure of ESG factors when they are material to investors. Those ESG factors […]
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Can climate change impact be forecast for business?

Weather forecasts, once essential to family farms, are only accurate for a few days. For longer-range forecasts, 21st-century agribusiness has set aside almanacs and now relies on sophisticated calculations and technology. As global temperatures rise, more types of businesses will review climate change forecasts when making investment and operational decisions. What will be the consequences? […]

Conference to share and celebrate green building best practices

Each year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) brings education and inspiration to the sustainable buildings community through its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The 2019 event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, on November 19th through 22nd. Conference sessions will explore green building best practices, resource conservation, and strategies to […]
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Major coffee chains commit to resiliency

In one year, hot beverage purchases at one coffee chain left 3.85 billion paper cups in the global waste stream.[1] That company, along with other large coffee shop and restaurant chains, has set Solid Waste Management (SWM) goals and is implementing improvements. SWM of coffee cups, lids, stir sticks, and more is an industry-wide problem. […]
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Wish-cycling sends needed glass to the landfill

Only a third of the 11 million tons discarded glass in the U.S. is recycled. If clean, most of it could be crushed into cullet particles, blended with sand, soda ash, and limestone, then melted to be reformed new glass containers. Instead, much of it is crushed and used as day cover at landfills. In […]
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Report shows progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

A recent report documented how more than 100 major metropolitan areas are progressing toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along with comparison rankings, the report shows where further action is needed to reach goals by 2030.[1] The SDGs were adopted unanimously at the United Nations in 2015. The 17 wide-ranging goals address human needs and […]

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.