Tagged in Waste Management / SWM

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to optimize material use

Optimized material selection and use extends product value, promotes sustainability, and reduces costs. It is essential to better buying. REDUCE Almost all organizations can reduce packaging waste. Best practices for packaging apply to purchases as well as products being shipped. Set standards with vendors When selecting a vendor, consider how goods or materials will be […]
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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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Reusable packaging brings sustainability home

Brand-name food, household, and personal care products are now widely available in reusable packaging. TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company in partnership with major consumer products companies, is delivering brand-name products to grocers and pharmacies in Washington D.C. and four Northeastern states.[1] Through pilot studies, almost 300 products are being sold in reusable circular packaging. […]
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10 ways data is making cities smarter

Smart city innovations begin with data, sometimes gathered through high-tech sensors or other inventive ways. That data is sent or retrieved (pushed by a sensor or pulled by a remote system) through a digital network. The data may be stored in a database or used real-time in computer dashboards, simple displays, and reports. In recent […]
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City of Orlando to consider replacing single-use plastic at events

A policy soon to be reviewed by Orlando City Council would reduce the use of single-use plastics and styrofoam products at large-scale events. Styrofoam and other plastics currently make up about 30 percent of the landfill volume in the United States. These products are NOT biodegradable meaning that a single use cup or tray can […]

Plants vs. plastic in food service and packaging

Innovative, plant-based materials are a proven Solid Waste Management (SWM) strategy. The sustainable alternatives disintegrate rather than accumulate in landfills. They can be composted rather than hauled for disposal. Plant-based materials won’t be seen on beaches or in the ocean where, by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish.[1] These six plants have been […]
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Recycle Right Quiz

Try this short quiz to see what you know about recycling right! [watu 2]

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, […]
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Conference addresses recycling industry challenges

In recent months, the recycling industry has faced significant challenges as China accepts far fewer recyclables. Materials must now be less contaminated and additional markets must be found. The 32nd Southeast Recycling Conference (SERC) and Recycle Florida Today Winter Summit, both held last month in Orlando, addressed those challenges.[1] More than 40 exhibitors[2] offered innovative […]
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New Orlando ordinance provides recycling at more properties

A new ordinance, unanimously approved by the Orlando City Council, will make recycling available at commercial and apartment properties citywide. That aligns with the city’s commitment to Beyond 34, a US Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative to boost the recycling rate nationwide from its current 34%. The new ordinance also supports Orlando’s goal to become […]

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 […]
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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.