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A Small Business Guide to Sustainability

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Going green can be a daunting process for many small businesses. By creating a sustainability plan, your business can adopt changes over time and eventually see the results on the bottom line.

 

 

 

Denson Honored for Contributions to Environment and Commerce

MACEJennifer Denson, executive director of Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP), will be honored by The Mobile Area Council of Engineers as Individual of Special Recognition at MACE’s Annual Award Banquet Jan. 26.

 

 

Dunn Building Company Purchases Assets of Keith Mosley Construction

Dunn Building Company CroppedDunn Building Company, a design-build general contractor which opened its Mobile office three years ago, has purchased the assets of local company Keith Mosley Construction to assist in handling continued growth with current and new clients’ building needs.

 

Industrial Application of Drones

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In addition to saving time and money, industrial uses for drones can save lives and prevent injuries, says J. Cory Hitchcock, a drone consultantto Southern Companies, which includes Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power.

 

 

 

McFadden Engineering's Innovative Water Treatment Solution

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For many PEP members, simply satisfying environmental laws or regulations is not enough; wherever possible, they choose to surpass regulations through innovation. This philosophy is what drove a local environmental engineering firm and PEP member, McFadden Engineering, to introduce an innovative patent-pending water treatment solution designed specifically for small- to mid-sized businesses that removes 98% of contaminants. Learn more. 

 

HONEYWELL UOP Recycling & Refurbishing Initiative

Honeywell UPOThe Honeywell UOP Mobile Plant recognized that a significant portion of their solid waste generation is due to discarded pallets, cardboard and super sacks, and a team was formed to establish an aggressive recycling program to concentrate on tackling these three areas. Additionally, partnerships were formed with local recyclers to refurbish used pallets and recycle paper and plastics that would otherwise be sent to the local landfill. Learn more about how Honeywell UOP has eliminated approximately 15,000 yards of material from the landfill. 

CITY OF MOBILE Map for Mobile: Framework for Growth

City of MobileThe PEP Board of Directors is happy to name the City of Mobile as its 2016 Community Partner in recognition of the planning, research, design, and implementation involved in the Map for Mobile, the City’s comprehensive plan.
Through extensive citywide input, the project established seven principles (strong neighborhoods, functional roadway corridors, strategic infill and redevelopment, a connected community, high quality design of the built environment, a strong downtown, and greater opportunities to enjoy natural and recreational assets) to address as it moves toward the goal established by Mayor Sandy Stimpson: for Mobile to be the safest, most business and family-friendly city in America by 2020. Learn more.

 

PROJECT DESIGN GROUP, INC. Boiler MACT Standards Compliance

Project Design GroupProject Design Group, Inc. was retained by a major Forest Products client to provide engineering and project management to bring one of their production facilities in the Southeast into compliance with Boiler MACT standards by 2016. Learn more about how PDG, Inc. assisted their client in reducing carbon emissions by 30% by the year 2030.   

 

VOLKERT, INC. Fairhope Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) Improvement Project

VolkertVolkert, Inc., partnered with the City of Fairhope in the Fairhope Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) improvement project, which protects the environment by treating wastewater collected from the City’s customers and discharging treated effluent into Mobile Bay. Learn about their project. 

Fox10 News Interview with Honeywell UOP and Cam-Air, LLC

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FOX10 News hosted Jennifer Denson, Brad Franks (of Honeywell UOP), and Chris Thompson (of Cam-Air, LLC) last week to discuss member environmental awards. Take a look at their interview and learn more about the projects that led to their awards.

 

CAM AIR Energy Efficient Light Integration for Merchants Transfer

CAM-AIRCAM-AIR was chosen to consult and integrate a state-of-the-art lighting solution within the Merchants Transfer Western Warehouse to combat their largest energy consumer: inefficient lighting. By integrating energy efficient fixtures and installing smart dimming motion sensors, Merchants Transfer was able to reduce its light-related utility consumption by nearly 75 percent. Learn more here

ENVIROCHEM Blighted Homes Demolition Project

EnvirochemEnviroChem was selected by the City of Mobile to provide environmental services for the city’s “Blighted Homes Demolition Project,” which involves inspections and testing to address potential asbestos and lead-based paint worker exposure and waste disposal issues encountered during demolition of condemned and blighted homes. Learn more about how this will positively impact property owners in Mobile.

 

Waste Heat Integration with Solvent Process for More Efficient CO2 Removal from Coal-Fired Flue Gas

Alabama Power - Plant BarryFollowing the success of their Carbon Capture and Sequestration project (which was recognized by PEP in 2012 and also received several national awards), Alabama Power – Plant Barry, is being recognized again this year for successfully completing a pilot project that makes the state-of-the-art process more efficient. The High Efficiency System aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s goals related to carbon dioxide capture and electricity cost. The system also lead to a 50 percent reduction in water consumption. Click here for full project details!

Arkema LED Fixture Replacement

ArkemaLast year, the Arkema chemical manufacturing site in Axis, Ala., replaced a significant number of high pressure sodium, metal halide and fluorescent lights with more energy efficient LED light fixtures, resulting in an immediate improvement in light quality to create a safer working environment for employees. Not only are LED lights more efficient, but they require less frequent change out of bulbs, many of which are located in areas with difficult access. Read more about their energy saving project here.

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Outokumpu Presents Stainless Steel: A Renewable Product

Alabama Power - Plant Barry driving innovation with Carbon Capture

 

 

PEP Member Awards Recap: Thompson Engineering

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PEP Member Awards Recap: Driven Engineering

PEP Member Awards Recap: Rain for Rent

Thompson Engineering's project to dry dock the IP Casino has been named Engineering News Record's (ERN) Project of the Year. This project received the top award out of more than 100 entries in the Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi region. In 2011, Thompson Engineering began work to design a first-of-its-kind solution to create a stable foundation and graving dock for the 32-million-pound IP Casino vessel, essentially turning the floating building into a land-based structure without moving it. "This is one of those projects that excites engineers because there were no limits except our imaginations," said Henry Seawell, Principal Engineer with Thompson Engineering. "We had to think big and bold to find the right solution."

Thad Hendrix, P.E., project manager for Project Design Group (PDG) was named Chairman of the Mobile Area Council of Engineers. MACE is a voluntary organization of seven different engineering societies with three main focuses: support the engineering program at the University of South Alabama through scholarships; recognize outstanding professionals within the engineering community; and facilitate the continuing engagement of engineering in the Mobile area.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors are celebrating 20 years in business. Starting in 1995, in Mobile, Hargrove E+C now has 11 offices in Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. The company offers engineering, procurement, construction management, and technical services in the industrial, commercial, and government sectors. Hargrove’s key operating principle is to provide the Right People, in the Right Place, at the Right Time.

Congratulations to Long’s Human Resource Services for 65 years in Business! Since 1948, this family- owned business has placed long-term, temporary and direct-hire employees along the Gulf Coast. While serving professional, technical, clerical and industrial employment needs, Long’s owners and staff are dedicated community leaders and volunteers in a variety of organizations including United Way, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and PEP.

The Mobile office of Terracon Consultants Inc. has won the latest Airbus A320 final assembly line contract at Brookley Aeroplex. Terracon will provide construction material testing and special inspections for the $600 million project’s Package A which includes the final assembly line hangar, logistics building and service building.

Congratulations to Watermark and Thompson Engineering for being awarded the contract to design the first Airbus support facility – the AIDT training center at Brookley. November 2012

U.S. Green Building Council Alabama Chapter recently elected 2012 directors and officers, including, three from the Mobile area: Neil Johnston with Hand Arendall LLC; Tammy Clark with Terracon; and Green Suttles with Gulf States Engineering. Fall 2012 

Employees in four Evonik Degussa sections at the company’s Mobile site have worked more than 3 million hours with no Lost Time Accidents (LTA) – a work-related injury or illness resulting in time off from work. Fall 2012 

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors ranks number 175 nationally in Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms, a first for the firm. Fall 2012

White-Spunner Construction was recently ranked ninth out of the top 26 Alabama-based construction firms by Business Alabama magazine. Fall 2012

Waste Management was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a business ethics think tank, as one of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The fifth such recognition for the company. Fall 2012Project CATE began in 1990 as a collaborative effort of Neil C.