The US Green Building Council remains at the helm as a model of good practices, earlier this year releasing four pilot credits to target the spread of infectious disease. Collectively named the Safety First Pilot Credits, these credits could be pursued by projects pursuing LEED certification or used as a guideline for all others:
Fall has arrived, and along with it, more temperate weather across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The shoulder season, as we call it in facilities operations, exists between peak cooling season (late May through mid-September) and peak heating season (mid-October through March). With decreased demand for cooling, and only mild heating demand, the forthcoming weeks bring an opportunity to curb energy consumption by taking advantage of favorable outside air temperatures.
Eighteen organizations, comprising of businesses, colleges, and universities, have signed a letter to the Pennsylvania general assembly urging lawmakers to support policies that combat climate change, including investing in renewable energy and pollution reduction measures.
We are proud to announce that our very own Alex Popp is officially certified as a TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Advisor! TRUE Certified facilities set a high bar for sustainability and sustainable practices. TRUE does not focus on the amount of materials diverted from landfills, but emphasizes the importance of upstream policies and practices that make true zero waste possible.
Schools have always been known to conduct quantitative assessments to understand their student's grasp on the curriculum, while simultaneously pushing students to be creative. Assessing the qualitative aspects of creativity has always been challenging.
Our Managing Principal, Larry Eighmy, served as Moderator for the YWCA's "Great Decisions" preview panel on October 16th. Members from each of the Lehigh Valley's biggest cities, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, spoke about what each of their municipalities are doing to tackle the largest problem facing the global population today.
What comes to mind when you hear the term "energy audit"? If you're like most facilities managers, nothing good. The idea of closely examining your building's energy needs and operating efficiency seems bound to stir up trouble, especially if things are going smoothly as-is.
Part III of a three-part sustainability series by Managing Principal Larry Eighmy. Published by The Huffington Post and Maria Rodale's Farm Country Kitchen website.
Part II of a three-part sustainability series by Managing Principal Larry Eighmy. Published by The Huffington Post and on Maria Rodale's Farm Country Kitchen website.