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Sustainability & the OS&H Professional. Jim Morris Assistant Director, Environmental & Energy Management School Plant Services Virginia Beach City Public Schools Regional Vice President, ASSE Region VI. It IS Easy Being Green! . Google “Global Warming”. Politics, Activism, & Environment.

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sustainability the os h professional

Sustainability & the OS&H Professional

Jim Morris

Assistant Director, Environmental & Energy Management

School Plant Services

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Regional Vice President, ASSE Region VI

politics activism environment
Politics, Activism, & Environment

"Economics and politics are the governing powers of life today, and that's why everything is screwy."-Joseph Campbell, Author

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Politics, Activism, & Environment

“I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible and constructive and substantive manner. I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op. “-William Baldwin, Actor (sort of…)

has it helped or hurt
Has it Helped or Hurt?
  • Polarization Effect (raised money, but…)
    • Streisand – “The Streisand Effect”
    • Crow
    • Gore
  • Pushback from Other Groups (follow the $$$?)
    • Cooler Heads Coalition
      • An “on-going coalition of market-oriented national and state-level policy and activist groups “
    • Science & Environmental Policy Project
      • “sound, credible science must form the basis for health and environmental decisions that affect millions of people and cost tens of billions of dollars every year”
realities
Realities
  • Scientific
    • Pollution
    • Warming
      • Cause and Solutions seem to be controversy
  • Economic
    • Fuel Prices
    • Energy Rates
    • Food Supply
    • <gasp> Bottled Water!
cause and effect
Cause and Effect
  • Paper Companies
    • Owned land to grow new trees for paper production
      • Recycled paper – reduced demand
        • Selling land formerly used for trees to developers
        • IP – Sold 218K acres for $300 M to Nature Conservancy
  • Ethanol in Gasoline
    • Effect on fertile lands to produce more corn
    • Use of fossil fuels to maintain crops
    • Ethanol plants use 4.5 gallons water for every gallon of ethanol produced
    • Consumer Reports: E85 provides fewer mpg than gasoline
  • Hybrid Vehicles – new studies
sustainability
Sustainability
  • Definition: a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely
  • “Going green” is good business
    • Less waste produced
      • Example VBCPS – recyclables (800 TONS last year!)
    • Lower Energy Costs
      • Energy Conservation
    • Reduced Maintenance
    • Happier Work Force
      • 4 10-Hour Day Discussion
    • PR Factor – setting an example
small steps to start consumables
Small Steps to Start - Consumables
  • Paper
  • Disposables Versus Long-life Products
    • Pens
    • Cups & cutlery
    • Office supplies
  • “Waste Audits”
small steps to start recycling
Small Steps to Start - Recycling
  • Setting up an aggressive program
    • Reduce waste – direct costs for many businesses
  • “Clean your Files Day”
    • US Council of Mayors
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Work with a provider
  • Computer & Other Equipment – e-cyling
    • Cell phones – often used as a fund-raiser
small steps to start vehicles
Small Steps to Start – Vehicles
  • Think function, not fashion for your fleet
    • Review the needs of the vehicle in regards to the work that will be done
  • Proper maintenance
  • Reduce Travel
    • Carpooling
    • Consolidating Trips
    • Teleconferencing
  • Preferred parking spots for carpoolers
    • Install bike racks!
  • Organize carpooling efforts to & from work
small steps to start chemicals
Small Steps to Start - Chemicals
  • Green cleaning chemicals
    • “Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calendar” (EPA) http://www.ofee.gov/janitor/buildinginfo.asp
  • Pesticides
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
    • EPA: http://www.epa.gov/epp/index.htm
small steps to start water
Small Steps to Start – Water
  • More efficient equipment
    • Industrial
    • Laundry
    • Restrooms
    • Faucets (e.g., aerators)
    • Power washing
  • Restrooms – low-flow, waterless, dual-flush
  • Look at usage with maintenance & cleaning
  • Landscaping – use rainwater & mulching
  • Water hoses do not have to be brooms!
  • Report leaks immediately!
small steps to start energy
Small Steps to Start - Energy
  • Lighting
    • TURN ‘EM OFF!!!!!
    • More efficient lighting
      • Energy Policy Act of 2005
        • T-12 fixtures being phased out (2009)
    • Compact Florescent Bulbs
      • Actual life cycle costs!
      • Great, but disposal questions
        • Home Depot & Lowes recycling
    • Numerous Resources
    • Lighting changes save money!!!
      • Performance Contracting Example
  • Lighting & HVAC ~ 75% of energy usage
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Small Steps to Start - Energy
  • HVAC
    • Equipment
      • Properly sized
      • Demand Control Ventilation
      • Variable Frequency Drives
    • Schedules
      • Controls
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Small Steps to Start - Energy
  • Equipment
    • “Leakage”
      • Equipment that is plugged in, but not in use
        • Estimated to be 5% of energy usage
    • Mandatory shut-off
      • “Sleep” mode does not save as much as “Off”
      • Can set computers to automatically shut down
    • Energy Star Equipment
    • Data Centers
  • Summer Schedule Changes
    • VBCPS Example
big steps new construction
Big Steps – New Construction
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Payback estimated within 10 – 12 years
    • Occupancy rates, rental & sales rates higher
  • Innovative products
      • Recycled building materials
      • Ex: Pervious concrete
  • Look @ whole process
      • Demolition
case study renaissance acad
Case Study – Renaissance Acad
  • Virginia Beach – Alt Ed Facility
  • “Green roof” (less runoff)
  • Cisterns (save >1 Million gallons/year)
  • Geothermal
  • Daylighting
  • Solar Panels – teaching tool

http://www.vbschools.com/school_renovation/schools/renaissance_academy.asp

other tips
Other Tips
  • Every cause needs a champion, but you don’t have to do it alone (nor should you)!
  • Communication
  • Develop a team
  • Get buy-in from management
  • Share the results
  • Don’t bite off too much
    • One bad result can set everything back!
  • Get the children involved!
    • Poster contests, etc.
  • Buying “Green Energy”
resources
Resources
  • Recycling
    • http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/onthego/program/index.htm
    • http://www.nngov.com/public-works/sw/recywork/?searchterm=recyclables
    • http://www.tfcrecycling.com/commercial.htm
    • http://www.usmayors.org/recycle/
    • http://www.epa.gov/e-Cycling/basic.htm
    • http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/hardware/page5496.cfm
    • http://www.collectivegood.com/
    • http://www.eco-cell.org/
  • Waste Audits
    • http://www.tfcrecycling.com/wasteaudit.htm
    • http://envhonolulu.org/solid_waste/How_to_Conduct_a_Waste_Audit.html
    • http://solidwastedistrict.com/projects/waste_audit.htm
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Resources
  • Green Cleaning
    • http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/products/cleaner.htm
  • Energy Conservation
    • Data Center Report to Congress: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/prod_development/downloads/EPA_Datacenter_Report_Congress_Final1.pdf
    • Energy Star: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_index
    • http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/products/energy_smart.htm?cid=l120
    • http://www.dom.com/customer/efficiency/bus/easysavers.jsp
    • http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf
  • New Construction
    • US Green Building Council: http://www.usgbc.org/