ecoPreserve to support Central/North Florida Resilience Hub

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Written by: Mital Hall

Press release

ecoPreserve, a certified women owned sustainability and resilience consulting company, signed an MOU with Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) to support Resilience Hub Implementation in Central and North Florida. The goal of the MOU is to align around the comprehensive approach to Resilience Hubs and to ensure local communities develop Resilience Hubs in a manner that prioritizes and serves intentionally marginalized populations.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports confirm that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption and affecting the lives of billions of people. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hit hardest. Urbanization and climate change create complex risks, but local governments also provide opportunities for action including development of resilient structures, renewable energy, access to water, and sustainable transport systems. Most of these core initiatives can be part of or in support of a neighborhood-based Resilience Hub.

According to USDN’s framing and guidance, Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities that support community members year-round and are grounded in five foundational areas: resilient services and programing, communication, buildings and landscape, power systems, and operations. Hubs are intended to provide support before, during, and after disruptions but are focused on holistic year-round resilience. These efforts help to reduce the burden on local emergency response teams, improve access to health initiatives, foster community cohesion, and increase the effectiveness of community-centered institutions and programs.

“When Kristin Baja, USDN Director of Direct Support and Innovation, described the value of neighborhood-based Resilience Hubs, I knew that this was a meaningful way to support the communities that need support the most. ecoPreserve is delighted to collaborate on this mission along with USDN’s implementation partners across our region.” said Mital Hall, Vice President of ecoPreserve.

ecoPreserve was established in 2009 to help solve the complex problems affecting our environment. Our mission is to help our clients and community achieve their sustainability goals and create a low carbon future in an equitable manner. USDN is a non-profit with a mission to connect local government practitioners to accelerate urban sustainability in U.S. and Canadian communities. USDN works to create equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities by advancing the field of local government sustainability and equipping practitioners to be catalysts of transformative change.

Funding sources are available to help support the development of these Hubs. There are over 20 Hubs in the US, and more are being developed to support community needs and empower members. For more information about Resilience Hubs please see https://www.usdn.org/resilience-hubs.html or http://resilience-hub.org/ . If your Central or North Florida organization or local government is interested in developing a Resilience Hubs in your community, please reach out to Mital@ecoPreserve.net at ecoPreserve.

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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.