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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Universities, Colleges Can Avoid Costly Tier II Compliance Fines & Audits with Help of New Tier II Express Service

Needham, Mass. -February 17, 2009 – Many colleges and universities are required by law to submit a Tier II report, a report used to identify the nature and amount of hazardous materials the institution uses or stores onsite, to state and local authorities by March 1st of each year. Failure to comply with these rules can result in fines, civil actions, or a targeted audit. Tier II Express, a service offered by Environmental Health & Engineering Inc. (EH&E, www.eheinc.com) to help educational institutions manage Tier II compliance requirements, can help to avoid these potential problems.

“If this is your first time preparing a Tier II report, you may want to consider having EH&E help. The Tier II Express service expertly guides you through the site evaluation and reporting process so that you can avoid costly mistakes”, said Kevin Coghlan, M.S., C.I.H., Director of Operations at EH&E, a Needham, Mass. based environmental engineering and consulting firm.

For colleges and universities wishing to perform the site inspection themselves, Tier II Express is a valuable service that consists of:

  • The client completing an initial questionnaire supplied by EH&E.
  • EH&E personnel conducting a telephone interview in order to determine the site-specific information required for filing. EH&E then develops a site-specific questionnaire.
  • EH&E performing data analysis and calculations for the filing and providing the client with spreadsheets including explanations of calculations in easy to read formats for future use.
  • EH&E filing electronically with the state and local agencies, which includes writing the required submittal letters for the State Emergency Response Coordinator (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Coordinator (LEPC0 and/or the local fire department, if applicable.

Tier II Express provides a “guided” self-inspection and reporting service for Tier II reports. This service benefits colleges and universities that have not filed, or have not filed in a number of years. Once a proper filing is performed, the yearly filing process becomes very easy for an institution’s personnel to perform themselves.

To learn more about the Tier II Express service, visit www.eheinc.com/tier_II_express.htm or call, toll free, 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E
EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

White Paper Details How Financial Tools & Resources Make Sustainability Profitable for Universities

Needham, Massachusetts – January 28, 2009 –For Universities sustainability initiatives may impose a greater or lesser degree of costs upon the annual budget, but a truly integrated college sustainability program often results in favorable long-term returns, whether they are in the form of economic, environmental, or social benefits.

A new, free, white paper details how university and college administrators can utilize tools to maximize capital investment strategies for a college sustainability program and is available for download at http://www.eheinc.com/sustainfinancewp.htm.

The whitepaper, “Profiting through Campus Sustainability: Financial Tools and Strategies”, provides an overview of key financial tools and resources you can use when developing capital investment strategies for a Climate Action Plan or overall campus sustainability program.

“In times of economic downturn and recession, successfully integrating sustainability into campus operations can stabilize operating costs and provide a solid foundation for long-term economic planning” says Michael Crowley, M.S., LEED AP, author of the white paper and Program Manager, Pathways to Campus Sustainability of EH&E.

“Campus sustainability programs can be highly profitable. To achieve this end result, capital and operating budgets need to be integrated through the use of tools such as life cycle costing analysis,” Michael Crowley said.

The free white paper provides an overview of how leaders in campus sustainability programs can develop capital investment strategies including:

  • Basics of sustainability finance
  • Life cycle costing in practice
  • Utility rebates
  • State regulatory policies
  • Tax credits
  • Solar incentives
  • Economic recovery bill and tax deductions
  • Revolving loan funds
  • Federally legislated incentives

To download the free white paper, “Profiting through Campus Sustainability: Financial Tools and Strategies”, visit http://www.eheinc.com/sustainfinancewp.htm.

About EH&E
EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com/pr-boston-public-relations/


Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

White Paper Shows How Universities Can Develop a Successful Climate Action Plan

Needham, Massachusetts – December 16, 2008 – In the absence of nation-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction regulations, universities are on the forefront of the issue. Many dedicated to mitigating GHG emissions on their own campuses are initiating their efforts with the creation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to serve as the cornerstone of their commitment.

A new free white paper, “Striving for Climate Neutrality on Campus: 7 Steps to Writing a Climate Action Plan for a Reduced Carbon Footprint,” details the key attributes required in a good CAP as well as outlines the steps necessary for University presidents, administrators, and sustainability program directors to follow in creating and implementing a successful CAP. The white paper is available for free download at: http://www.eheinc.com/7stepscap.htm.

“There are a number of distinct elements required for the creation of a university or college campus based climate action plan. To be successful, the CAP itself must not only be consistent in its overall approach in addressing their specific needs and goals, but also flexible enough to allow institutions to adopt and benefit from best practice initiatives undertaken at other campuses,” says Michael Crowley, M.S., LEED AP, author of the white paper, and the Pathways to Campus Sustainability Program Manager at EH&E.

While CAPs must be tailored to the needs and opportunities of individual campuses, the whitepaper identifies and details the elements required for the successful implementation of a CAP at any campus. These include:
· Assemble a stakeholder-based committee to approach sustainability
· Develop a GHG inventory and conduct an energy analysis
· Prioritize GHG mitigation opportunities
· Set GHG reduction targets and develop a climate neutral strategy
· Conducting educational, research, community outreach efforts
· Identify and implement financing strategies
· Track progress and course-correct

To download the free white paper, “Steps to Developing a Successful Climate Action Plan for a Reduced Carbon Footprint” visit, http://www.eheinc.com/7stepscap.htm.

About EH&E
EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com/pr-boston-public-relations/


Monday, November 24th, 2008

FREE Webinar: Leadership’s Role for Administrators in Establishing a Campus Sustainability Program

Leadership’s Role for Administrators in Establishing a Campus Sustainability Program

FREE Webinar: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sustainabilityleadership.htm
Sponsored by EH&E

Presenter:
John Spengler, Ph.D.
Former Co-Chair, Harvard Green Campus InitiativePrincipal, EH&E

Date & Time:
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Two sessions available:

  • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern and
  • 5:00 – 5:45 PM Eastern

Colleges and university presidents and chancellors are uniquely positioned to focus attention and resources in response to the growing threats that climate change poses on society and our world. Climate action provides a multitude of benefits for the institution itself, beyond greenhouse gas reductions, if pursued using a systems approach.

Click Here for More Information and to Register: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sustainabilityleadership.htm

This webinar will demonstrate, by example, how responding to the challenges of climate change creates opportunities to:

  • Foster a shared vision for promoting engagement of sustainability among the varied institutional stakeholders.
  • Build a management system that creates a supporting infrastructure to ensure programmatic goals can be achieved given available resources and incentives.
  • Promote the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability by incorporating curriculum development and experiential learning.

Register Now!: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sustainabilityleadership.htm

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com/services/public-relations


Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Free Webinar Dec. 3rd for College/University Administrators Will Detail Benefits of Establishing a Campus Sustainability Program

Needham, Mass. – November 20, 2008 — A free webinar, aimed at assisting college and university officials meet the challenges in creating and sustaining a Campus Sustainability Program, is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2008.

Intended for College and University Presidents, Chancellors, Sustainability Program Directors, and other officials, the webinar will detail the benefits, beyond greenhouse gas reductions, of implementing a Campus Sustainability Program.
The webinar will be presented by John D. Spengler, Ph.D., former Co-Chair of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative & Principal of EH&E, Inc. a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm on green initiatives in higher education.

The webinar, “Leadership’s Role for Administrators in Establishing a Campus Sustainability Program,” will be offered Wednesday, December 3, 2008.
Two sessions will be offered:

  • The first webcast is scheduled for 12:00 – 12:45 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), and
  • The second is set for 5:00 – 5:45 p.m., EST

Officials may attend either session by registering in advance on the Web at: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sustainabilityleadership.htm

In the 45-minute webinar, Spengler will demonstrate, by example, how responding to the challenges of climate change creates opportunities to:

  • Foster a shared vision for promoting engagement of sustainability among the varied institutional stakeholders.
  • Build a management system that creates a supporting infrastructure to ensure programmatic goals can be achieved given available resources and incentives.
  • Promote the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability by incorporating curriculum development and experiential learning.

For more information, or to register for EH&E’s free webinar, ”Leadership’s Role for Administrators in Establishing a Campus Sustainability Program,” visit: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sustainabilityleadership.htm

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry. The firm’s wealth of readily-accessible information is a powerful resource for its clients.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com/pr-boston-public-relations/


Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

EH&E Expands Campus Sustainability in Higher Education Services; Adds New Director, Formerly of Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative

Needham, Mass. — September 23, 2008 — EH&E (www.eheinc.com), a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has announced the expansion of its sustainability in higher education services to help colleges and universities meet their campus sustainability goals.

The company also announced that Mike Crowley, formerly of Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative, has joined EH&E to lead its Campus Sustainability program.

“Colleges and universities across the country are making public commitments to significantly reduce their campus carbon footprint by eliminating wasteful energy consumption” says John McCarthy, President of EH&E.

“EH&E’s demonstrated expertise in maximizing building performance to meet energy and investment goals, and our close ties to many of these institutions, puts us in a perfect position to help. Mike’s professional expertise, and particularly his experience as assistant director of Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative, will allow us to further enhance our program offerings supporting sustainability in higher education,” McCarthy said.

Crowley’s experience also forms the basis of EH&E’s launch of a four-part webinar series focused on sustainability in higher education issues, titled “Pathways to Campus Sustainability.” The series highlights key issues faced in the development of a campus sustainability program, and draws heavily both on Crowley’s own experience as well as colleagues at other institution to demonstrate how cultural differences within institutions can be used to influence, and benefit, from reducing an institution’s campus carbon footprint. (For more information on the webinar series, visit www.eheinc.com/news_workshops.htm).

College and universities are realizing tangible benefits from establishing campus sustainability programs to reduce their campus carbon footprint, which not only result in significant energy and resource savings, but have positively impact recruitment, campus morale, and public relations. Recent initiatives, such as the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), have significantly raised the bar on these programs, McCarthy noted.

About EH&E
EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry. The firm’s wealth of readily-accessible information is a powerful resource for its clients.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com/pr-boston-public-relations/


Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

New “Pathways to Campus Sustainability” Webinars Tackle “Green” Challenges Facing Colleges, Universities

Needham, Mass. – September 3, 2008 — A series of webinars aimed at uncovering solutions for the challenges facing colleges and universities in meeting campus sustainability goal is planned by EH&E Inc, a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm on green initiatives in higher education.

Colleges and universities across the country are making public commitments to significantly reduce their campus carbon footprint by eliminating wasteful energy consumption. EHE’s four-part “Pathways to Campus Sustainability” Webinar Series directly addresses the issues involved in making good on those commitments.

The seminars run September through October. Each webinar will include one hour of presentations followed by one half-hour of live Q&A. The series features:

* Charting the Path to Campus Sustainability, September 17, 2008, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Learn about and discuss the most up-to-date tools and knowledge necessary to manage a successful campus sustainability program. Presenters:
o John Spengler, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Harvard Green Campus Initiative and Principal, EH&E, (Moderator)
o Michael Crowley, LEED AP, Pathways to Campus Sustainability Program Manager, EH&E , and former Assistant Director, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
o William Nelligan, Associate Director Environmental Health & Safety, Wesleyan University.

* Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Methods and Best Practices, October 1, 2008, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Discuss the emerging standards, regulatory frameworks, and the pros and cons of various existing calculator tools and methodologies for GHG Inventories. Presenters:
o Michael Crowley, LEED AP, Pathways to Campus Sustainability Program Manager, EH&E and former Assistant Director, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
o Denise Sheehan, Regional Director, East, The Climate Registry. * Writing a Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, October 15, 2008, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Learn about the tools and templates necessary to develop an effective greenhouse gas reduction plan that can be tailored to your institution, with a particular focus on the Climate Action Plan requirements of the ACUPCC.
Presenters:
o Michael Crowley, LEED AP, Pathways to Campus Sustainability Program Manager, EH&E , and former Assistant Director, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
o Robert Bland, P.E., Director of Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Office, Cornell University.

* Financial Mechanisms for Campus Sustainability, October 29, 2008, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Discuss how tools such as life cycle costing and third-party financing are helping institutions to meet their sustainability goals while saving money.
Presenters:
o Michael Crowley, LEED AP, Pathways to Campus Sustainability Program Manager, EH&E, and former Assistant Director, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
o David Newport, Director Environmental Center, University of Colorado at Boulder

Cost is $99 per webinar. AASHE members and eH&E-compliance support site subscribers are eligible for special discounts. For more information, or to register for any, or all, of EHE’s four-part “Pathways to Campus Sustainability” Webinar Series, visit: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops.htm.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry. The firm’s wealth of readily-accessible information is a powerful resource for its clients.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/


Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Retro-Commissioning Is First Step In Campus Sustainability Plan; White Paper Provides Details

Needham, Mass. – July 10, 2008 – Retro-Commissioning, as the first step in a campus sustainability strategy, can reduce energy use in college and university buildings by 10% or more, making it an essential ingredient for meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The details of retro-commissioning are discussed in the new white paper, “The First (Big) Step to Reducing Your Campus Carbon Footprint,” from EH&E Inc, a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm. It’s available for download at www.eheinc.com/recxcampus.htm.

“We often find that while existing building systems may be operating in a fashion that maintains comfort and air quality, they are rarely performing to their designed effectiveness and efficiency without a periodic optimization, or commissioning, process,” says Mike Della Barba, Director of Commissioning Services, EH&E, and author of the white paper.

“Since building energy use is such a large proportion of overall campus energy consumption, this optimization represents some immediate and significant energy savings.”

“Colleges and universities across the country are making public commitments to significantly reduce their campus carbon footprint by eliminating wasteful energy consumption” says Della Barba.

“Retro-Commissioning, a ‘tune-up’ of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, provides the right context for energy conservation measures that are part of any campus sustainability plan,” he said.

In the white paper, Della Barba discusses:

  • How to improve building performance
  • Performance improvement vs. energy reduction
  • Prioritizing buildings for retro-commissioning
  • The 3-phase retro-commissioning process
  • Campus retro-commissioning strategy

Download the new white paper, “The First (Big) Step to Reducing Your Campus Carbon Footprint,” at www.eheinc.com/recxcampus.htm.

Or, for more information, contact EH&E directly on the Web at: www.eheinc.com/ or by phone at: 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E
EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry. The firm’s wealth of readily-accessible information is a powerful resource for its clients.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com


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