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Sustainability with both eyes open

Sustainability returns value to organizations of all types. A sustainability assessment can reduce costs and minimize waste. It also bring market advantage. A recent survey found that 88% of respondents preferred brands that helped them, as consumers, to be more environmentally friendly. Greater sustainability can bring the benefits of  improved environmental management to manufacturers as […]
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Keeping recyclables three steps away from landfills

Approximately 4.5 trillion pounds of trash is generated annually, and it’s getting worse. Annual trash accumulation is expected to reach 7.5 trillion pounds by mid-century. Landfill trash pollutes water supplies and the atmosphere. Methane emissions from landfills are often overlooked yet they emit more Greenhouse Gas than 21.6 million passenger cars. To achieve the nation’s […]
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Boost your cart smarts at this year’s Waste Expo

Waste Expo®, North America’s leading solid waste and recycling event returns in-person with health protocols in place on June 28-30, 2021. The Las Vegas Convention Center is this year’s venue. Spotlight sessions will discuss the future of reuse (and how that is being transformed!), plus refuse fleet electrification, and more. A Wednesday session, Cart Smarts: Changing Behavior […]
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Better Solid Waste Management (SWM) in a circular economy

In a circular economy, recycling keeps waste materials out of landfills. Instead, the materials are available for valuable repurposing and reuse. Plastic packaging is seen along grocery store aisles, worldwide. One of the largest consumer products companies, Unilever, brings familiar brands to about 190 countries. In the U.S., their Dove, Hellmann’s, and Seventh Generation brands […]

Airports innovate as waste management challenges grow

The number of people travelling by air increased 4.2% worldwide in 2019. A further 4.1% increase is expected this year.[1] That increased population will bring more than tickets and luggage to airports. The food and packaging they carry, along with all that is consumed in-terminal, means inevitable waste management challenges. Major airports are finding solutions. […]

A strategic approach to sustainable purchasing

When an organization buys sustainable products and services, it has a positive impact on human health and the environment. Better buying can and should also be cost effective. These five best practices make sustainable purchasing possible without compromising price, performance, or quality:[1] 1) Look beyond the first cost Items with the lowest purchase price may […]

Recycle right at work and home

Today, the need to recycle right is greater than ever. The supply of recyclable materials is growing even as demand for reclaimed materials shrinks. As much as 30% of recycling was once sent to China.[1] That has been reduced to 3 to 5 percent of its former volume. Simple, inexpensive strategies can reduce hauling costs, […]

Airlines explore alternatives to single-use plastics

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that more than 6.2 million tons of cabin waste was generated in 2017. Within that waste, cups, cutlery, coffee stirrers, packaging, and more are single-use plastics. IATA estimates that if no action is taken, cabin waste could double within fifteen years. 1 Fortunately, action is being taken! Among […]

10 airport water conservation strategies

Airports rely on available potable and reclaimed water during construction and in daily operations, on the airfield and in the terminals. Ways to conserve that water are as varied as the properties and facilities involved. Some of these strategies may seem familiar. Other strategies are innovative and were developed with critical thinking on how to […]

Passengers pitch in to divert landfill waste

The latest Airports Council International rankings place Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 11th busiest in the United States. It also is the 3rd fastest growing U.S. airport. MCO and Orlando Executive Airport are administered by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). Challenge can bring opportunity. Size and growth expand environmental impact, but also increase the […]

The essentials of effective green cleaning

Some of the largest nationwide and franchised cleaning services, including Jan-Pro, Majestic, and Vanguard now offer green cleaning. The benefits of effectiveness, improved indoor air quality, reduced-pollution, and workplace wellness make green cleaning a compelling service. A service may limit their definition of green cleaning to their preferred natural or environmentally friendly cleaning products. That’s a […]

Catch the value before it goes to a landfill

Substantial dollars and — sometimes — even lives can be saved by knowing the materials and supplies that an organization uses, then making productive use of items that are routinely discarded. Value claimed off the housekeeping cart For example, organizations which offer lodging, maintain public restrooms, or provide locker rooms may routinely discard materials that […]
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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.