Tagged in Waste Management / SWM

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Kennedy Space Center Finds Value in Concrete Recycling

Employees and management at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have committed to maximizing reuse and recycling. KSC mission and support facilities contain vast quantities of concrete. During refurbishment or replacement, concrete that meets reuse standards can be processed and made available for a variety of applications. Causeway and shoreline applications In 2009,  a vital transportation route across […]

2017 update on the Florida recycling initiative

  Nine years ago, the Florida Legislature resolved to scale back the mountains of waste materials that are piled up or burned each year by cities, companies, and individuals. The legislature enacted an ambitious goal that by 2020, 75% of waste would be recycled or used in producing renewable energy. The table on the right, […]
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What is corporate America doing to be more sustainable?

What is corporate America doing to be more sustainable? Alexa highlights the efforts of a few large corporations that are making a difference:  

Workplace water-saving

Saving water deserves more attention as a sustainability initiative. In regions where shortages seem unlikely, the actual water’s actual value is likely to be far higher than its cost. One cubic meter of water may cost as little as $0.10 where it is plentiful and $15 in arid zones. Supply already exceeds demand. By 2030 […]

Recycling to improve health and save lives

When a plastic bottle is pelletized or a cardboard carton is shredded and pulped that recycling contributes to environmental health.  An international non-profit organization headquartered in Orlando, Florida goes beyond that. The recycling advocated, managed, and supported by Clean the World® contributes to human health. It often saves lives. Clean the World’s global mission begins […]

Clean and sanitize with electrolytes for safety and savings

It all can be done with salt and water. Cleaning a business or commercial facilities no longer requires exposure to harsh chemical cleaners. In fact, salt may be all you need. In the system we reviewed, an electrolytic system converts salt and water into alkaline cleaner (NaOH) and acidic sanitizer (HClO) solutions. This environmentally-friendly cleaner […]

Planning proves powerful for Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management (SWM) can begin with setting out a few recycling bins. That will capture some paper, plastic, and aluminum cans that otherwise piles up on a landfill. With planning, SWM offers a business far more than that. More recycling can reduce trash removal costs. Recycled material can be sold. Setting goals for waste […]
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Get greater returns from your recycling efforts

Video source and further information: http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org   Recycle Across America is a nonprofit organization, advocating for recycling efforts and finding ways to make it more valueable. Recycling could return even greater financial rewards if the labels used in recycling were standardized. Confusing and inconsistent labels result in garbage being thrown into recycling bins, and less recycling […]

Are my recyclable items really getting recycled?

Are my recyclable items really getting recycled? Alexa Stone talks with Damon Powell from Waste Management about single stream recycling:

Announcing endorser partnership with EPA WasteWise ®

By joining WasteWise as Endorsers we can demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and play a pivotal role in conserving our natural resources and preventing pollution. As a WasteWise Endorser, we commit to: Encourage our clients and recruit organizations to become WasteWise Partners Provide measurement and tracking tools to focus on waste reduction, recycling and diversion […]
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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.