An Intro to Arc Flash: Dangerous, Misunderstood, Overlooked, Preventable

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Due to the nature of their work, water and wastewater treatment plant operators are potentially at a higher risk for accidents and injury. They use chemicals, are exposed to hazardous energy sources, work in or around confined spaces, and face various environmental and health hazards. A safe work environment will promote practices that safeguard employees […]

Plume and Doom: The impact od household chemical disposal on groundwater

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Many believe that groundwater contamination is caused solely by commercial and industrial activity. However, this belief overlooks the fact that the activities of the average homeowner can also have a detrimental impact on our water supply. When improperly disposed of, gasoline, motor oil, paint, solvents, pesticides, cleaners, and other common household solvents can result in […]

Trends in assisted living design

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Within any industry, it is not uncommon to see the popularization of particular trends. The same holds true for assisted living facility design, which has seen an uptick in certain trends of its own. Currently, the most popular trend across the board is designated areas for recreation. No matter the kind of assisted living facility, […]

A cure for the common mold: From understanding it to abating it

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A common theme in some of our past newsletters has been preventing water leaks and water intrusion into your home. In this article, we will focus on mold and some of the issues you can anticipate when it is discovered in your home or business. What is mold? Truth be told, I had to look […]

A day in the life of an environmental scientist

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The environmental consulting industry is quickly evolving, as many of the baby boomers responsible for the emergence of environmental awareness and regulations such as the Clean Water Act are approaching retirement age. With clean water and resource scarcity on the horizon, the next generation of scientists and engineers must be ready to take the helm. […]

Bus to Work: My eye-opening experience with public transportation

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While parallel parking my car this past weekend, I noticed an unfamiliar sound when turning my steering wheel to the right. To save some money, I brought the car to my local mechanic instead of the local dealership. I admittedly enjoy the conveniences that come with having the dealership make my car repairs, like valet […]

Trash Becomes Treasure: Town of Clarkstown to convert landfill into solar field

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A decommissioned landfill in the Town of Clarkstown is about to become home to more than just decomposing trash. With construction expected to wrap up this fall, Clarkstown will become the first municipality in New York State to start up a large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar array system on a capped landfill. The cutting-edge “solar field” […]

Helping a family in need with Habitat for Humanity of Nassau

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We could not have asked for better weather this past Saturday when we took part in our Build Day with Habitat for Humanity of Nassau. Assigned to a home in Roosevelt that had sustained extensive fire damage, we set up the scaffolding and worked on the home’s siding, sheathing and window framing. A thanks goes […]

Small Spaces: Micro-unit housing and the shift towards cost-effective living

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You may have noticed a trend popping up in the media about “small spaces.” It is visible on TV with shows like Small Space Big Style, in books like “The Not So Big House,” and online with ApartmentTherapy.com. This rise in interest is driven primarily by young professional city-dwellers, who are taking on a “less-is-more” […]

Water conservation: It starts with your lawn!

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As we head into summer, thoughts of green lawns and lush landscaping come to mind. The warm weather months ahead will increase our outdoor activities—and our water use—dramatically. Daily residential water use in our area is approximately 140 gallons per person. Water utilization is typically relegated to indoor use during the cold winter months, with […]