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2020 recycling update

Dig Deeper articles share highlights and source links from recent reporting. Topics for this series focus on the environment, workplace wellness, sustainability, and smart technologies. Curbside program changes An online tool at WasteDive.com reports the how China’s several restrictions on scrap imports have impacted each state. After a state is selected from a drop-down list, […]
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Looking ahead to 2020

The environmental and resiliency events planned for 2020 will offer education and inspiration in all four seasons. Some events may not require much travel! Relevant conferences and expositions will be held in several regions of the U.S. as well as internationally. FEBRUARY GreenBiz Phoenix/Scottsdale — February 4-6 More than 1,500 business, government, and academic leaders […]
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Progress in 2019

This year, a better environment and solutions to climate change were pursued locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2019, more lands were protected, more renewable energy was generated, and improvements in environmental design were experienced by more people than ever. MARCH A new law extends protection to more land and waterways The John D. Dingell, Jr. […]
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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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Digging deeper into container deposit laws

This edition of Dig Deeper explores beverage container recycling laws and the benefits they bring. The third section describes reverse vending machines, a deposit return convenience found in many states. Links to relevant information are provided, including 25 sources for reverse vending machines. Where are beverage container deposits required? These 10 states, plus Guam, have […]
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Sharing the secret…

I honestly think that I have found the secret to happiness and I want to share it with you. I just returned from Bhutan which is a tiny Buddhist Kingdom in the Himalayan mountains. Bhutan is nestled between India in the South and China in the North. With a population of 850,000 people, that’s smaller […]
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Climate action update

This edition of Dig Deeper covers recent events and actions that focused on climate change. Links are provided for exploring the Global Week for the Future, Climate Week NYC, and the UN Climate Summit even deeper. Global week for the future September 20-27, 2019 Protests and strikes held at 4,500 locations in 150 countries  voiced […]

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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Insights from greenhouse gas research

Scholars at leading universities are studying, quantifying, and predicting the impact of climate change. They are also publishing fresh ideas for limiting and mediating that impact. Transition to renewable energy recommended Research project at the University of Michigan In the United States, 28% of greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions are the result of generating electricity from […]
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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.