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    Wednesday
    Jun222011

    Green Management & Planning

    Written by, Dr. Tyra Oldham

    It is evident in our growth that we work with green leaders and managers that promote sustainable  solutions, green build, energy, resource and greenspace utilization (greening-up)  as critical to a green environment. 

    The growing need to consider the environment and biodiversity, waste and energy among construction, owners, builders, cities and commercial enterprises can generate value with small-to-no-cost increases. The importance is to think in an integral manner to support economic, social, and infrastructural accommodations for vibrant healthy businesses and cities. Without these concerns being of utmost consideration the  socio-economic  balance to businesses and cities will produce dwindling economies, loss of jobs, less creative talent and innovation that spurs growth.

    Cities are not sustained by one sector or enterprise alone, but they are integrations of varied concernsseemingly separate but energetically connected by economy, state, city, economy, education, infrastructure and requirements. What undergirds all cities and large commercial enterprises is the supply chain that is deep, wide and organic and often invisible to the citizenry; and therefore, minimized and thus, misunderstood. Sustainable thinking and planning considers these elements and more and includes the web of connections and the identifies over the long-term.

    Traditional applications are driven by short-term valuation producing some products and projects that implode, reducing capital outflow, jobs that diminish the overall outcome of success with critical consequences. The relationship that sustainable thinking provides is the long-term effect on today’s decisions that reduce, carbon, emission, brownfields, pollution, poor air quality and waste. The outcome is environmental safety, resource optimization, water quality, smart grid, energy efficiency, infrastructural stability and innovation.

    It is becoming increasingly evident that the shift from traditional thinking to sustainable thinking is like jumping from one rock to the next. The movement is not difficult but the jumper must be willing, able and agile to traverse the stones.  

    Jeffrey Sachs stated, "In my view, there is an urgent need to communicate with the public and help to explain where there is consensus, and where are there doubts about the issues of sustainable development."

    Tuesday
    Jun212011

    The New Face of The Green Consultant

    Written by, Dr. Tyra Oldham

    Green Intelligence-It was asked of me why a construction company or owner would purchase green consulting services. Green despite the naysayers or hard-line traditionalists in the field will by choice or push realize the importance on developing projects that integrate energy, energy management, efficiency, environment and the impact the project has on biodiversity, resources, and community for sustainability.

    Green consulting offers and deliver value in developing green, sustainable or LEED projects to manage, develop, optimize resource, convert waste and identify opportunities to reduce utility and integrate clean energy.

    "Green Consultants produce a green footprint"

    LAND sds provides a miraculous job in managing these projects to sustainable conclusion that provides return on investment in the short-term with long-term results. Moreover, companies like LAND can offer the support in policy and funding to integrate and manage clean energy. LAND helps in the elimination of risk, project efficiency and increases of ROI by at least 5-15% with increases overtime.

    Green consulting will become more necessary as conglomerates and multinational firms such as Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Coke and Cummins push down and require their supply chains to report on carbon, pollution, waste and energy usage. As these businesses build new complexes integrating green will be key to the environment, and resource optimization (water, utility, and technology) to support human health, cost effectiveness, and value that produce a green builds and sustainability overtime inclusive of lifecycles.

    Green consultant work with the predevelopment team of A/E firms, developers and owner to manage the green aspects throughout the project. Green consultant work with the construction teams LEED APs during the project.  The question is with LEED APs on the construction team why is it necessary to have a Green Consultant? The LEED APs are not typically on the predevelopment side and work in the back ground and backend of the project. Further, the LEED AP on the construction team is not a dedicated member of the predevelopment team. The Green consultant is an equitable staked member that is invested as the other stakeholders dedicated 100% to the project as the sustainable team member assessing green content, sustainable aspect, energy, resources and more in flow, design, spec, process and value, and cost alignment.  

    Sustainability presents opportunities to innovate business models, implement high value process, human capital and technology changes and realize benefits by tackling business-related energy, emissions, natural resource and waste issues. Sustainability also carries with it regulatory requirements and shareholder expectations, that if addressed early and successfully, can provide you a competitive advantage. The companies that understand and act on sustainability are set to accelerate.

    The better result is to have a green consultant manage the green for green results. Contact LAND sds at land@landsds.com for green consulting.

     

     

     

    Monday
    Jun202011

    How to Identify Corporate Responsible Companies in the New Economy

     

    The new economy, environmental change, energy demand and waste have placed a spot light on companies to engage with corporate responsibility.

    When seeking a corporate responsible company there are 8 factors to consider: 

    1. Identifiable Sustainability Plan. A sustainability plan incorporates the method, process and systems of how the company manages it resources, energy, and waste its impact on the environment.
    2. Corporate Sustainability Report. The CSR reports on the established standards, benchmarks and measures the company sets to gauge their impact on the environment, society and climate.
    3. Energy Efficiency and Energy Management Conversions. Corporate responsible companies respond to environment by producing energy efficient facilities that integrate energy management systems within their facilities to control utility usage, water and systems.
    4. Environmental Actions that are Measureable. Companies engaged in sustainability are dedicated to environmental change that produces a positive impact on the environment such as, planting, clean-up, building and/or producing systems that support healthy communities.
    5. Investment(s) in the Environment.  Sustainable companies use capital and reinvest back into the environment to reduce pollution, carbon footprint, waste or energy that effect population, food, energy, environment, climate, biodiversity and more.
    6. Social Interaction Promoting Positive Change. Companies as a part of their mission and vision identify specific values of interest to support, enhance or develop society, community, and environment or change world views.
    7. Dedicated Sustainable Agent. Companies that believe and are dedicated to a philosophy assign an agent, team or individual to manage, grow and support the effort effectively. This person has commitment of resources, and staff from the top such as, President, CEO, COO or Vice President.  New rollouts must have commitment from the leadership, organization and stakeholders to be successful implemented.
    8. President and CEO are Committed Sustainability. Last, the leadership of the organization will commit to the progress of sustainability and have written goals and measurements within their leadership’s plan. The leadership will convey their ideas of sustainability to the overall company and convey that that sustainability is a companywide focus for all. The leadership assigns budgets, resources, staff and time commitment for the implementation of sustainability throughout the organization, companywide.

    Identifying these key factors are the first steps in determining corporate and sustainable companies. Next, review the culture of the organization, their employee management, and the healthiness of the facility in which they operate. It is good for companies to source clients and partners that operate sustainably.

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