Sustainability and Climate Resilience

We partner with government organizations to develop sustainable communities and build their resilience to increasing climate risks.

Sustainability and Climate Resilience are more interdependent and critical to our future than ever before.

Government agencies understand the importance of building a sustainable and resilient future. However, they have limited resources to address their increasing challenges on sustainability and resiliency. That is why, at ecoPreserve, we partner with government organizations to advance both. Our sustainability solutions focus on economic viability, environmental responsibility, and social equity, while our resiliency services address increasing climate risks through adaptation planning, policy development, disaster response, and mitigation.

Sustainability

Our sustainability experts guide the planning and implementation of comprehensive sustainability programs, and they can also provide customized sustainable development solutions for specific focus areas including:
  • Energy and water efficiency
  • Waste reduction and diversion
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Green buildings
  • Renewable energy
  • Electric fleet and EV infrastructure
  • Air quality
  • Health and wellness

Climate Resilience

In response to unprecedented and increasing climate challenges, we collaborate with federal and state agencies, local governments, community leaders, and private organizations to plan, prepare, respond, and mitigate disasters from extreme weather events. Our services include:
  • Climate risk and vulnerability assessments

  • Life cycle cost assessments, business case, and project finance
  • Decarbonization planning and implementation
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation and inventory accounting
  • Climate action policy development
  • Grant funding identification, writing, and administration
  • Stakeholder engagement and training
  • All-hazards planning, strategy, adoption, evaluation, monitoring
  • Emergency preparedness grant management, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program management, Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Threats and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), Continuity of Operations (COOP), and Continuity of Government (COG)
“I truly enjoy working with the ecoPreserve team. Their ability to effectively communicate sustainability, gain support, gather data, analyze, and move to action, is remarkable. The entire team tirelessly and passionately promotes sustainability in design, construction, and operations while exhibiting a refreshing honesty and understanding of the practical needs of business leaders.”
– Aviation Professional

Organizations we serve

We’ve partnered with some of the largest organizations in the United States to achieve their sustainability and resiliency goals.

Sustainability and Climate Resiliency Projects

Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Planning, Documenting and Reporting

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)

Orlando, Florida

In the Southeastern U.S., The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) is a forerunner in sustainable airport operations. In 2013, a time when few of the nation’s big airports were paying much attention to sustainability, GOAA leadership resolved that economics alone would not outweigh environmental and community concerns.

ecoPreserve LLC participated in the development and implementation of GOAA’s original Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) which was unanimously approved by GOAA’s Board in 2014. This SMP created achievable goals for continuous improvement in operations, maintenance, purchasing, engineering, and construction.

To demonstrate transparency and accountability, ecoPreserve recently supported the development of SMP progress reports which address the following areas: quantify the Authority’s reduction in greenhouse gases, waste reduction, water conservation, energy, procurement, alternative transportation, environmental impact, green buildings, and leadership.

Project recap

Services: Stakeholder engagement, staff interviews, gap analysis, metric definition, goal development, program planning, implementation, reporting, and ongoing assessments

Dates: Initiated 2013; updates reported for 2014-2020

Reach: 47 Million Annual Passenger 

Sustainability and Climate Resilience

In partnership with GAI Consultants Sustainability Action Plan

Orange County Government

Orlando, Florida

Important journeys begin with a map. Community improvements begin with a plan. In 2019, Orange County leadership committed to developing an “action plan for the future”. The plan would be achieved in partnership with the community. Areas of focus would include best practices for energy use, water conservation, purchasing, and solid waste management. The plan would also target improvements in buildings, infrastructure, and transportation.

In 2020, ecoPreserve was contracted to develop a roadmap to resiliency for Orange County’s municipal operations.  The 2030 Orange County Sustainable Operations & Resilience Action Plan:

  • Identifies standards for high-performance buildings
  • Details strategies to achieve greater accessibility and mobility 
  • Addresses methods to decrease waste while ensuring sustainable supply chains 

In developing the plan, ecoPreserve facilitated discussions with Orange County staff. After wide-ranging participation and support, goals were set, envisioning a more prosperous, healthy, and livable community in 2030. By checking pre-established metrics in 2025, the program’s trajectory toward its goals can be verified.

Orange County progress in sustainability has already earned national recognition. In 2020, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation selected the county to receive a LEED for Cities and Communities grant. This provides an exceptional opportunity for sharing best practices while benchmarking progress with 20 other world-class communities.

Project recap

Services: Sustainability plan analysis and documentation

Dates: Orange County, Florida has 1.4 million residents plus 75 million annual visitors

Reach: 2019 – 2020

Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Zero Waste Plan

DFW international Airport

Dallas, Texas

As the first carbon neutral airport in North America, Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) has a lot to be proud of. By switching to renewable energy and implementing programs to use less energy, they have dramatically reduced their greenhouse gas emissions and operational costs.  Driven by the value that actions today impact the quality of life tomorrow, environmental impacts are continuously evaluated. Although the airport had reduced energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, the existing solid waste management (SWM) strategies needed some improvement.

ecoPreserve was contracted to conduct a comprehensive solid waste management assessment and develop a plan to achieve Zero-Waste.  Development of the plan required extensive interdepartmental collaboration, engagement, and training.  The result was a Roadmap to Zero-Waste by 2040 detailing the steps required to address challenges, evaluate options, and pursue strategies to reduce waste production, increase waste diversion, and achieve Zero Waste.  The multifaceted solution is based on a systemic material flow process change. Managing materials from upstream (policies and purchasing), midstream (preventative maintenance programs, reuse, repurposing, donations, food recovery) and downstream (recycling, composting, and energy recovery) provided the foundation for the Zero Waste program. ecoPreserve is also contracted to support DFW in the development of its sustainability plan. 

Growing responsibly is a business imperative, and the implementation of sustainability practices demonstrate DFW International Airport’s enduring commitment to the community and the environment.   

Project recap

Services: Development of the Roadmap to Zero-Waste by 2040; a comprehensive plan including financial feasibility and cost-benefit analysis of multiple options.

Completion: October 2019

Property: 17,207 acres (27 square miles), DFW is the second largest airport by land area in the United States.

Recognized: By the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program at “Level 3+ Neutrality”, the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports. 

Our mission is to empower organizations with solutions that reduce environmental impact, increase operational performance, and improve quality of life.
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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
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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.