Tagged in Waste Management / SWM

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Saving expense while generating renewable energy

Most food waste is heaped onto landfills. Some is composted. We’re now seeing results from a third option which converts the waste into renewable energy. An Orlando, Florida initiative enables businesses to send food waste for processing at a Walt Disney World biogas plant. Participating businesses place organic waste in a “green bin” rather than […]
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Indonesia innovates to reduce plastic waste

Of the 3.5 million tons of plastic waste Indonesia produces each year, 1.4 million tons end up in global waters. That’s 10 times the amount attributed to the U.S. Only China deposits more plastic into the world’s oceans. They more than double Indonesia’s marine pollution.[1] The acute, visible problems are being addressed in creative ways. […]

Imaging Department Skills Fair held annually at AdventHealth Apopka

The Imaging Department at AdventHealth Apopka must keep current with new procedures, new equipment, and best practices. One strategy used by the department is an annual Skills Fair. The 2018 Skills Fair was held on Monday, September 10th. This year, approximately 87% of staff completed all of the learning experiences. These experiences included games showing which […]

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 […]

Seven Deadly Sins of Facility Management

Facilities Management (FM) brings together people, systems, and processes to optimize the building environment. As costly challenges arise throughout the asset lifecycle, the seven deadly sins can impact operating costs, materials management, workplace wellness, and human performance for the asset. HVAC Sin: Neglecting the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance will shorten the asset lifecycle. The frequency […]

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 […]

How smart is your waste bin?

Each year brings another 1.3 billion tons of waste to this planet. That annual amount may more than double by the end of the century. The 4% of the world’s population living in the United States produces more than 30% of its waste. Americans, on average, produce 4.6 pounds per of trash every day. In […]
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What happens when China rejects the world’s recycling?

In 2016, the United States imported $462.6 billion in goods from China. When shipped back, many of the containers were filled with scrap and waste, America’s sixth largest export to China. Paper and cardboard from the U.S. sourced 24% of the 63.3 million tons of waste paper pulp produced by China in 2016. Looking ahead […]
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Recycle, with an eye on the budget

The U.S. EPA presents a compelling case for recycling. Looking back a decade, their 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report found recycling and reuse activities that produced 757,000 jobs while contributing $36.6 billion in wages. For every 1,000 tons of recycled material, 1.57 jobs were created. Construction and Demolition waste provided the greatest employment benefits. […]
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Orlando International Airport achieves 1000-ton recycling

Orlando International Airport (MCO) recycled extensively in 2016. [mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”200″ size=”18″ bg_color=”#4397e0″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]The volume of paper products recycled equated to 14,000 trees.[/mks_pullquote] 60 tons of metal 20 tons of tires 326 tons of wood pallets 664.5 tons of cardboard and shredded paper Part of the airport’s recycling success may be attributed to the standardizing […]
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Solid Waste Management brings greener skies

The airline industry, which led in reducing its carbon footprint, is now taking leadership in Solid Waste Management (SWM). The waste generated through air travel exceeded 5.7 million tons in 2016. Most went to landfills or was incinerated. The amount, estimated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is roughly equivalent to the combined weight […]
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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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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.