How the Biden Administration’s Plans for the Climate Crisis Could Shape the Future of Employment and Development

每当有权力过渡时,我们就会在解决气候危机时呈现出新的挑战和机遇。这Biden-Harris管理最近发布了对气候变化的承诺,其计划旨在创造新的就业机会,建立和重建基础设施,并提供环境司法承诺。你能期待什么?

这Biden-Harris管理Climate Commitments

作为执行的一部分行动ions that President Biden took there were numerous climate change-aimed orders. The actions as a result of the Executive Order included:

  • 重新加入巴黎协议
  • Hosting a Leaders’ Climate Summit on Earth Day
  • Focus on the security implications of climate change
  • Establishing the first-ever National Climate Advisor and Deputy National Climate Advisor
  • Establishing a National Climate Task Force
  • Create clean energy jobs
  • Developing plans to increase the resilience of national security facilities to the impacts of climate change
  • Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies
  • Creating jobs in construction, manufacturing, engineering and the skilled trades while ensuring that federal infrastructure work is aimed at reducing climate pollution and accelerating clean energy and transmission projects
  • Prioritizing environmental justice

这将如何改变事情?

这push by the Biden administration to create new jobs in construction and manufacturing with a green building focus is great news for our industry. USGBC has praised his plans to use green buildings as a centerpiece of creating jobs for America’s recovery and moving us forward in climate policy. The current intended building targets are:

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of US building stock 50% by 2035
  • Upgrading 4 million buildings and weatherizing 2 million homes over the course of his term, which he estimates will create 1 million jobs
  • Kickstarting the construction of 1.5 million sustainable housing units and homes

It’s clear that President Biden sees buildings as a key piece of combating climate change, and the groundwork already in place thanks to the USGBC community will be instrumental in ensuring this momentum does not go to waste. Doo Consulting is excited to be part of this sweeping change in the construction industry and use our past experience in LEED projects to continue our work. The historic investment in energy upgrades of many buildings, including housing, offices, warehouses, federal buildings and public buildings, bodes well for our industry and the future of the planet. If you looking to create a building for your business with LEED certification or if you are looking to upgrade or certify an existing building, Doo Consulting is here to help.

这Year of the Metal Ox, 12 Feb 2021

Happy New Year! If you were concerned that the beginning of 2021 was no better, or even worse, than 2020, take heart. According to the Chinese calendar, the new year doesn’t begin until February 12 this year!2020 was the year of the Rat据我们在去年的博客中所说,这是,

“…it (Year of the Rat) is considered a time of new beginnings and renewal, a time to turn one’s back on the past. Globally, we shall see whether the characteristics of the ingenious rat will lead us to solutions to the many challenges before us politically, socially and environmentally or if inadequate preparation will deny us the opportunity of the moment.”

你怎么看?所有令人难过的机会丢失或澄清我们面前以前隐藏的(对许多人)挑战吗?

Oxen are work animals and the metaphor could not be clearer. We have a lot of hard work before us in 2021. Perseverance in struggle is a quality of the Ox. The Ox is also calm, going about its business with peaceful determination.

Can we expect a calmer, more diligent approach to 2021? We shall see.

For more information and to see what your potential is in 2021, click这里

Doo的消息:

Doo Consulting.has survived 2020. During the early days of the pandemic,Gizmo那our Wellbeing Compliance Officer, reminded us not to stress too much. In the end, 2020 turned out okay allowing us to add a new member to our staff in November. We hope you will be able to work withAndrew Koenings在不久的将来。和许多人一样,我们正在雷莫tely and are missing the company of one another. In July, we joined together for a virtual Escape Game and in October we held an in-person badminton “tournament” as this seemed like an appropriately distanced activity. But, maintaining a company culture while working remotely is a challenge. Here are a few suggestions.

主持所有手中的聚会。我们周一早上进行一次团队会议每个凌晨k. This is definitely work related but we frequently start with some general conversation. It’s a chance to hear about what is going on in the office as well as to catch up with colleagues.

发送定期脉冲检查看看人们是如何做的。有人指出,大流行的压力会影响人们的情绪和士气。Internal surveysare one way to check in on your staff and are easy to conduct. We haven’t done this yet, but this is easily done with Microsoft Teams, Slack and other tools.

Send internal newsletters.For offices as small as ours, a simple email to share news such as compliments from clients, project milestones, staff accomplishments and other good news may be enough. For larger offices and companies with multiple locations, the newsletter can be an important tool in building and maintaining the company culture.

Office Activities.Our virtual逃脱游戏and badminton challenge was fun. Volunteering can also be a way to share values and build common experiences. Be careful! Our gathering in October was outside and less than ten people. I’m not sure I would do it now. Assess the level of risk. Follow CDC guidelines. Allow staff to opt out if they are uncomfortable.

Here are a couple links to other articles on the subject.

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-maintain-company-culture-while-remote-working-5083958

https://www.lucidchart.com/blog/how-to-maintain-company-culture-with-remote-workers

AIA Cote + R系列

在2020年的夏天,由于黑李ves Matter movement, the AIA Baltimore COTE+R asked itself how the committee might educate itself on matters of social justice. A series of presentations having to do with the planning and design of our built environment and social and environmental justice issues evolved. In January, Peter Doo moderated a presentation on pollution, healthy housing and environmental justice. This presentation is available on theAIA Baltimore YouTube channel。On February 23rd,彼得将更加适度的介绍Food Insecurity in Baltimore。计划第三个演示文稿。所有人都是为了大大提供社区,所以我们可以更好地了解,并意识到我们的行为和他人的行为如何影响我们在城市中寻求的同胞和股权和繁荣。

Just

We are in the process of updating ourJUSTlabel. Shared in a previous blog, JUST is a transparency platform for organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments. JUST is a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. Whether you choose to share your information or not, JUST is an excellent tool to evaluate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and contribute to a full Environment Social Governance (ESG) assessment.

Commitment to Climate Change and Resilience

我们仍然致力于工作一样重要dressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. As the fires and storms of 2019 and 2020 have demonstrated, the need to adapt to an already changing climate is upon us. But, if there is any possibility that we can stem greater impacts of climate change, we must. This is not simply an environmental challenge, this is a financial and social challenge; People, Planet, Prosperity – Economy, Ecology, Equity. However one chooses to label it, we put all at risk by ignoring any of the three pillars of the sustainability triad.

“Integrating ESG practices has been shown by many studies — including ones fromBank of America摩根士丹利(PDF)JPMorganand Deutsche Bank — to produce competitive or better risk-adjusted performance compared with so-called mainstream peers.”

-Julie Gorte

From the Morgan Stanley report:

“A holistic approach to sustainability—with respect to disruptive change, financial strength, environmental and social externalities and governance (also referred to as ESG)—helps us identify investment opportunities.“

Featured Project

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School

Waldorf, MD

Owner: Charles County Public Schools

Architect: SEI Architects

MEP: Alban Engineering

CM: Scheibel Construction

这Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School is a new state-of-the-art project that included the renovation of the existing 40,383 SF existing elementary school and the construction of a new 34,895 SF on-story addition, creating a 75,278 SF community educational resource. The project included expanding and updating the core-learning spaces to a 21stCentury learning environment capable of accommodating the growing student population in the area.

提供一个高质量和现代化的空间the students and administrators was the top sustainability goal. The design team utilized as much of the original Sam Mudd ES building in order to take advantage of existing infrastructure. Sitting on a 14.2-acre site, the design team was able to maximize the amount space with thoughtful consideration and placement of the new addition. This enabled the team to incorporate multiple new play areas as well as the inclusion of an outdoor science lab.

Sustainable design features include improving the building envelope performance, utilizing only LED lighting, and installing a highly efficient HVAC system, all resulting in a 38% annual energy cost savings. The team was also able to maximize natural daylight and views in classrooms; this combined with the installation of low/no VOC finishes provide an optimal indoor learning environment for students.

这project earned a LEED GOLD Certification.

Trusting Science to Address Climate Change

What Truths Can We Trust?

In this period of distrusting data while simultaneously facing challenges whose solutions depend on reliable data, we have a responsibility to critically consider all of the data and its sources这challenges we face include Covid, the economy, political divisions, social justice, and climate change. While distrust of information sources is problematic for each of these challenges, debate over the facts surrounding climate change and climate science have been simmering for decades. As the new administration in Washington turns its attention toward climate issues once again, one can be certain that these debates will re-emerge along with fake news intended to confuse the public and the policy makers. It is important that we face the climate challenge with reliable information, as the timeline is short, and the decisions we make affect the future of our communities, our economy, and our environment.

这Reality of Climate Change

Many articles have claimed that “97% of scientists agree” that climate-warming trends over the past century are due to human activities. According to a2016 articlewritten by a Mr. Earl Ritchie in Houston, Texas, the often cited 97% consensus among scientists is debatable. Mr. Ritchie is a retired energy executive. I liked this article because it seemed unbiased to me. In his article, Ritchie is fact-checking, rather than arguing for one side over another. Several studies are cited, including the source of the 97% statistic. He cites equally numerous results, but concludes that the majority, somewhere above 80%, of scientists agree in anthropogenic climate change. Though this audience probably doesn’t need convincing that climate change is real or human-induced, I wanted to re-establish scientific consensus as afactfor anyone who might read this blog.

Once one accepts the scientific consensus that the current warming trend in our climate is the direct result of human activity, the climate disruptions we observe and experience today can be put into that context. Now we find ourselves in a situation where we must face the science of climate change or face the consequences.

Decarbonizing Our Future

Science tells us we need to decarbonize our future. In the US, our target is to halve 2017 emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This means continuing to develop and deploy clean energy technologies, accelerating the energy efficiency of buildings, addressing agricultural emissions and deforestation.

A good summary of what needs to be done and why is presented in an article on “How to Decarbonize America and the World”. It’s a critique of the Green New Deal – but don’t let that put you off. This is a long, but good, article so make yourself comfortable before you click这里。Each strategy requires an assessment of the facts and it will take more than one or two articles to be able to draw conclusions, but the overall goal of decarbonization seems well established in the scientific community. The Carbon Budget illustrated here results in a 2° C rise in global temperature. More aggressive reductions would be required to limit global warming to the Paris Climate target of 1.5° C.

In our 2020 Annual Blog, we addressed the building sector citing several actions architects and building owners should take to improve building performance. This is one of the priority actions to decarbonize our future. We continue to recommend:

  1. Performing energy models for all projects.
  2. Joining the AIA 2030 Commitment and reporting.
  3. Supporting responsible businesses.

ESG Assessments

我们还鼓励各种类型和规模的企业通过开始或审查其环境,社会,治理(ESG)评估来参与环保实践。一个绿色的商品说,“企业即将意识到将ESG担忧融入核心业务和财务决策将产生新的数据流,这些数据可以用于提高增长和可持续性。”我们进行ESG评估的业务的一些推荐步骤是:

  1. Define your vision.
  2. Identify the key performance indicators (KPI) for your industry.
  3. Prioritize, measure, and assess. No need to do everything at once.
  4. Develop a reporting framework.
  5. 设定目标并对齐团队。
  6. Tap internal resources.
  7. Get started!

If your business is ready to take the next step to be more sustainable in 2021, Doo Consulting isbob 体育平台下载 to help.

Stay Safe While Celebrating Halloween During COVID-19

2020年为许多家庭来说是一个困难的一年,全国各地的儿童都期待着在他们的万圣节服装外面来欺骗或治疗。虽然传统的万圣节活动很有趣,但在Covid-19安全和健康的情况下,您应该有很小的修改。

Trick-or-Treating

  • 不要直接接触捣蛋件。bob的那个彩票是相反,想想使用糖果滑道或其他创意方法来分发糖果,而不会在6英尺的儿童和家庭中。
  • 如果您在Covid-19期间庆祝万圣节时,请送出款待或希望看到服装,请将您的零食,而不是您家的内心。
  • 设立一个独立袋装或治疗的电台,以便孩子们可以从桌子上取下。
  • Always wear a mask and wash your hands regularly when handing out candy.

Choosing a Costume

  • Select a costume for Halloween during COVID-19 that uses a mask as part of the costume by decorating a cloth mask or choosing a character that already wears a mask.
  • Don’t layer a costume mask or rubber mask over a cloth mask, as it might make it difficult to breathe properly.
  • Any children under the age of 2 should not wear masks when trick-or-treating outdoors.

Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19 While Social Distancing

  • If your neighborhood is not trick-or-treating or you are uncomfortable doing so, start new traditions like decorating your home for Halloween or carving pumpkins as a family. The traditions that you start on Halloween during COVID-19 might even become a part of your life after!
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood to enjoy all of the festive Halloween decorations from a distance.
  • 附近有一个挑选的果园或南瓜补丁吗?参观,享受户外享受乐趣的季度庆祝活动。
  • Check your local haunted houses and outdoor events to see if they are still operating. Many traditional haunted houses have converted to drive-thru attractions this year that allow you to still get scared but keep you safe in your car and at least 6 feet from all performers and other guests.
  • If your children want to get dressed up but you don’t want the risk of spending time with other families and your neighbors, host a costume parade in your own home! Come up with prizes, like Most Creative Costume or Funniest Costume and give out small rewards, like Halloween candy or a gift card for a favorite online store.

这“Green” Stuff

  • Trick-or-Treat Bags.Use (and decorate) household items to collect candy in. A bucket, pillowcase, or old even an old bag can be decorated inexpensively at home – and reused year after year.
  • Pumpkins.Buy pumpkins from local farms or farmers’ markets. Better yet, grow your own — kids love to watch them grow!
  • Jack-o-lanterns.Don’t throw away all the goodies from inside your pumpkin.Toast the seedsfor tasty treats.Make pumpkin pie or muffins with the fruit-or compost it.
  • Transportation.Trick or Treat by walking around your neighborhood instead of driving to another destination. Get to know your neighbors, reduce your carbon emissions and help keep the streets safe for other walkers.
  • Compost and Recycle.From party food to treats to pumpkins, consider composting all organic matter and recycling other items.
  • Reuse!Reuse as much as you can from year to year. Instead of throwing away an old box or bag, use it to gather all your decorations and keep for next year. Plus, you can surprise your family and friends by quickly pulling out your box and throwing an impromptu Halloween party any time of year!

随着2020年的所有情况,让我们不要忘记气候变化

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year in many different ways—sustaining personal relationships with those we cannot safely see in person, working remotely, and coping with radical changes to our communities and our world. Unfortunately, in the midst of these changes, we are constantly reminded of another critical concern—climate change. Fires in the West, hurricane Laura in the Gulf, extreme flooding in Afghanistan, Sudan and China, and a heat wave in the Arctic are attributed, at least in part, to climate change.

Great Challenge Means Great Opportunity

In 2020,1% of the globeis so hot that it’s barely livable. By 2070, that number could rocket到19%。虽然这些数字是可怕的,他们也在场us with tremendous opportunities to alter our path and change the future of our world. One of the most remarkable developments in the wake of COVID-19 was seeing firsthand the radical impact that dramatically lowering our carbon emissions can have.全球排放量for 2020 are predicted to drop by 4% – 7%, even accounting for the gradual reopening of activity and commerce for the remainder of the year. But, what will the global recovery look like? In the words ofGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel那“Let me be clear: There will be a difficult debate about the allocation of funds. But it is important that recovery programs always keep an eye on the climate, we must not sideline climate but invest in climate technologies.”

记住打击气候变化的使命

在过去的二十年中,绿色建筑已经走了很长的路程,从能源角度来看,在未来几年中,继续进入零能量和零碳的进展。同时,健康和健康一直是过去五年的新兴建筑度量。全球流行病提升了对这些标准的关注;然而,重点关注这些标准分散注意力,有些人需要解决气候变化所需的注意力。具有讽刺意味的是,可以认为这是一种不断变化的气候,尽可能地加剧了我们的健康,随着温度的增加,哮喘越来越多的哮喘季节和更高的昆虫种群。我们不能允许气候变化在政策或人们的思想中休息。时间已经太短了。

We know that there are many things occurring at once right now and it’s difficult to prioritize all of them, but we are here to help you make your business wellness-focused, socially just and environmentally conscious.

We Can Change the Fate of Our World, Now

这是十年的倾向于倾向于。气候变化的影响已经从次要到戏剧性。如果他们还没有,一些变化可能很快就是永久性的。和renewable energy costs现在比化石燃料便宜,碳自由的未来就在我们的掌握中。我们的政府在过道的两侧,谈论重要性,需要投资基础设施。投资我们的能源基础设施解决了气候变化,能源负担能力,公共卫生和无数的其他潜在问题,如气候迁移。

Progress is happening globally and, within the US, in red and blue states alike. Did you know that seventy percent ofnew electricity generation安装在世界上是清洁能源,加利福尼亚州solar energy plus storageis cheaper than natural gas,Texashas the most installed wind energy in the US and thatDFW.(Dallas Fort Worth) is the first carbon neutral airport in the country and the largest carbon neutral airport in the world?

Let’s not take our eyes off the ball. We must continue to focus on climate change solutions even while addressing health, equity and the economy. I’m confident that we can walk and chew gum at the same time, but we need to remember where we are going.

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由Rebecca Gullott.

Photo: Clean Water Action

Over the past few weeks, Americans and global citizens alike have been reflecting on our role in the creation of a more just society. The inequities that have long permeated our culture have been exposed more profoundly than in recent decades. The increased availability of an abundance of online educational resources to help combat systemic and inherent racism is a constructive response. The advancement of social equity to lift up vulnerable communities is an issue to which each of us has an opportunity to contribute every single day in our professional, personal, and community lives.

Nearly all definitions of environmental sustainability reference the social equity component of the triple bottom line approach. Ensuring social, environmental, and economic prosperity are integral pillars of our work as sustainability professionals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definesenvironmental justiceas, “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” Over the past several years, green building rating systems have implemented a more tangible focus on social impact assessment as a key feature of sustainable development. It is our responsibility, as sustainability professionals, to ensure that best practices pertaining to environmental justice in the built environment receive as much consideration as the steps we take to maximize energy efficiency and transparent building material sourcing. Fortunately, there are many tools and resources at the disposal of today’s sustainability consultants and project managers. We must now commit to understanding and integrating them into our daily practice.

While the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) mission “To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.” has always emphasized social responsibility, in 2019, USGBC®took this a step further by providing more specific resources for action. USGBC introduced several enhanced programs as a part of itsEquity Initiative那including newLEED.®pilot creditseducational resources那expanded state and federal leveladvocacyefforts, the Advance Campaign to connect community organizations with experts and resources, and这Living Standard说明人德的优先级signing our built environment. Just as corporate human resource professionals institute policy and practice for inclusion and diversity in the workplace, professionals involved in building development should implement systems to ensure that their projects are serving communities in an equitable manner. This is part of our social contract.

In 2012, theInstitute for Sustainable Infrastructure(ISI) introduced the预见®rating system, a framework that “encourages systemic changes in the planning, design and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure.” As both urban and rural areas expand in density and land coverage with the growing human population, the need for investment in infrastructure is ubiquitous. Infrastructure is all around us. It is our roads, bridges, and tunnels; our energy and water supply and distribution systems; our sewage, wastewater, and material waste removal; and our parks and recreation areas. While fundamental infrastructure components serve entire communities, cities, and regions, the burden of the negative impacts of poorly planned development are disproportionately felt by already vulnerable minority and low-income communities.

Practices directed toward assessing impacts of infrastructure development on surrounding neighborhoods and involving local community members in decision making discussions through engagement activities are central to a substantial portion of the Envision rating system credits. In several different ways, Envision asks – will this infrastructure project make its host community stronger and more resilient? What are the human health impacts? Will there be more opportunity for jobs and training programs for neighboring residents as a result? To what extent do community members have input in the details of the development? Will the development maintain or improve the quality of life of area residents? This system echo’s the 2017 words of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres when he stated, “Infrastructure investment will be crucial. The world should adopt a simple rule: if big infrastructure projects are not green [sustainable], they should not be given the green light. Otherwise, we will be locked into bad choices for decades to come.” A project can’t be “green” if it does not consider impacts to all people.

Photo: Google Maps

My home city of Baltimore, Maryland has its share of experience with poorly planned infrastructure. A well-known example is the “Highway to Nowhere” that divides an urban community and has made it poorer over time. Another is the waste incinerator with which I have some personal experience. Other, mostly white, communities have been threatened by ill-conceived and poorly planned infrastructure projects but eventually spared. Unsurprisingly, the communities negatively affected by these two infrastructure developments are black communities.

According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, theasthma rateamong children under 18 in Baltimore is more than twice the national average. Within the city, it is the south Baltimore communities that suffer most profoundly as evidenced by asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations which are highest in the area’s 21223 zip code. Not surprisingly, this neighborhood is directly adjacent to Baltimore’s largest stationary air polluter, Baltimore Refuse Energy Systems Co. (BRESCO), the waste incinerator that is responsible for 36% of all industrial air pollution in Baltimore according to theChesapeake Climate Action Network(CCAN).


Operated by New Hampshire-based Wheelabrator Technologies, BRESCO’s health, environmental, and economic impact on Baltimore residents has long been the subject of significant study and intense discussion. Controversy over the facility’s expired air pollution permit,financial incentives for area hospitalsthat treat south Baltimore’s asthma patients, and the Baltimore Clean Air Act persist. We should also consider the snowball effect that occurs when sick children miss school, parents miss work, and families lose income and opportunity as the result of hospitalizations and treatment from environmentally exacerbated illnesses. This is how the unjust impacts of irresponsible development are perpetuated in our system, leaving minority and low-income residents with little opportunity to improve their resilience, financial independence, and quality of life. The question remains, how do we stop locating potentially harmful infrastructure projects in vulnerable communities and perhaps even help these communities to prosper?

Energy Answers Internationalmet with the perseverance of south Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood when the corporation was granted a permit to build a new waste-to-energy incinerator within one mile of Benjamin Franklin High School and near several area elementary schools. After years of permit renewals, hearings, and protests in the streets by community members, non-profit organizations, and local students, the Maryland Department of the Environment determined, in 2016, that the Energy Answer’s 2010 permit had expired and wouldn’t be renewed. In affiliation with non-profit, Clean Water Action, I joined students in discussion, protest, and advocacy efforts against this incinerator project. I felt so proud and hopeful that these young people took action to protect their community; to fight for their basic human right to clean air and clean water; for their right to breathe.

But here’s the thing. It shouldn’t be that hard. Keeping all people healthy and safe from harm shouldn’t require mass protests from children after permits have been issued. Providing opportunities to strengthen and increase resilience in communities shouldn’t be optional. The evaluation of the appropriateness of development within any particular community should be as integral to the site assessment process as the geotechnical survey. The green building industry and its associations have worked diligently to provide development, design, and sustainability professionals with the tools to engage communities in the conversation about what happens in their own neighborhoods. These assessment practices should be a compulsory step in the permit application process. Think about this for a minute. The1973年濒危物种法案

requires federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the NOAA Fisheries Service, to ensure that actions they authorize, fund, or carry out are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat of such species.


It could be argued, that for the last 47 years, the health and well-being of endangered species’ habitats have been granted more consideration than human beings in minority and low-income communities. In lieu of federal action that is not likely any time soon, it falls to us in the development industry, to encourage project teams and municipalities to use every tool at our disposal to fully evaluate the impact and appropriateness of projects to all communities, but especially those most vulnerable. That is what we can and must do every day to help build a better and more sustainable world.

Rebecca Gullott received her Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of London and is a LEED®Accredited Professional and an Envision®Sustainability Professional. Rebecca is a Project Manager and Business Responsibility Specialist at Doo Consulting, LLC.

Resilience in Building and Infrastructure

Over the course of 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cataloged14 separate eventsin the United States, including snowstorms, hurricanes, drought and wildfires. The total cost of those events was awhopping $91 billion。As severe weather becomes more common and the climate becomes less predictable, resilience is growing in popularity when considering construction. What is resilience, and why is it so vital to the success of your green building project?

Resilience in Green Building

这Resilient Design Institute provides the following definition:

Resilient designis the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in order to respond to natural and manmade disasters and disturbances—as well as long-term changes resulting from climate change—including sea level rise, increased frequency of heat waves, and regional drought.

One might also include health related risks, as some experts believe thatZoonotic diseasesare related to an increase in deforestation and the subsequent increase in contact between humans and animals. Insect-born diseases are also thought to be an increasing risk as the climate changes. Sustainable infrastructure can have conserving and restorative outcomes.

While different, resiliency and sustainability have much in common. LEED encourages many resilient strategies such as choosing a site with care, using durable materials, planning for the collection and reuse of rainwater and grey water, prioritizing energy conservation and installing renewable energy systems, for example.

评级系统如预见™, for infrastructure projects, andRELi™, for building projects, require assessments of potentialhazards那andthreats。在弹性的语言中,危害是指天然存在的自然存在的条件,而威胁是指人类诱导的情况,例如破坏或恐怖主义行为。一个项目的vulnerabilityis the extent of disruption to normal operations for a building or system.Riskis a measure of the probability that a particular hazard or threat will exploit a project’s vulnerability.

恢复力规划涉及考虑项目抵御这些危害和威胁的能力。USGBC于2015年推出了弹性设计学分,以帮助促进绿色建筑内对抗力的认识,包括:

  • Assessment and Planning for Resilience: Identifying risks and vulnerabilities associated with climate change, like extreme heat, sea level rise or winter storms.
  • Designing for Enhanced Resilience: Collecting risk-related information and coming up with methods to address the risks when constructing and designing buildings.
  • Passive Survivability and Back-Up Power During Disruptions: Exploring ways that buildings can protect occupants during power outages and disruptions.

As has already been mentioned, entire rating systems have been created to assist

业主正在评估其项目的弹性。

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What Can Resilience in Your Project Look Like?

这USGBC profiled numerous successful profiles of resilience in green building这里该档案突出了LEED认证建筑能够适应全球气候和天气状况的创造性方式。例如,2013年在2013年在San Juan,Puerto Rico进行了一套办事处,并考虑到恢复力。在2017年飓风玛丽亚的后果中,该办公室能够在几天内返回全功能工作空间,凭借太阳能照明,备用发电机,卫星互联网,雨水蓄水池等。当事情仔细设计时,它可以帮助您尽可能快地恢复工作和生活。

适用于可持续基础设施,US Climate Resilience Toolkitis an excellent resource allowing you to search for case studies of resilient projects by region and type. Searching for “transportation projects”, one can see how the Maryland State Highway Administration is identifying which of its highways and bridges are vulnerable to climate related events. A search for “extreme events” yields case studies such as how the Manchester-by-the-Sea waste water treatment plant is addressing operational resiliency in the face of potential flooding or how middle school students in St. Marys, Georgia, participated in a public outreach effort to increase their community’s flood resilience and earn the city a 25% reduction in their flood insurance premiums.

How Are Sustainability and Resilience Different?

While you might think the words, sustainability and resilience, are interchangeable, there are key differences between the two. For example, sustainability focuses on energy and water reduction, while resilience explores the need for multiple energy and water sources. Sustainability thinks about things like indoor environmental quality and locally sourced materials, while resilience places an emphasis on passive systems and designing in harmony with the project’s site and location. However, they have a lot in common, including energy independence, water independence, renewable resources, integrative design process, and community engagement and support. When considering resiliency for your next project, check out these resiliency rating systems.

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Doo Consulting为业主和项目团队提供可持续发展咨询服务。bob竞猜它们是认可的,设想可持续发展专业人员(Env SP)。

Chinese New Year: Year of the White Metal Rat

这Year of the White Metal Rat began on January 25, 2020. The rat is the first of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. Rats are known to be quite clever so, as the story goes, the Jade Emperor had called all beasts to court to select twelve to be his guards. The earlier one went through the Heavenly Gate, the better rank one would have. The rat had hitched a ride on the back of the ox to get across a river. When they arrived at the Heavenly Gate, the rat jumped off of the ox and was the first to enter. So, the cycle began with rat first and the ox second and each of the other animals as they arrived. These twelve animals are the guards of the Heavenly Gate and appear in Chinese art as symbols of good luck. As the rat signals the start of a new astral cycle, it is considered a time of new beginnings and renewal. Now is a time one can turn one’s back on the past without regret.

Ingenious in finding solutions to difficult problems, the Metal Rat has a hard time accepting and learning from its failures. In Chinese culture, the metal element symbolizes autumn and a time of harvest. For those who have invested wisely in their projects, their business or themselves, 2020 should yield a positive return. Conversely, poor preparation will be revealed.

Globally, we shall see whether the characteristics of the ingenious rat will lead us to solutions to the many challenges before us politically, socially and environmentally or if inadequate preparation will deny us the opportunity of the moment.

Predictions for your personal fortunes in the year of the White Metal Rat may be found这里

Doo的消息:

2019 was a good year at Doo Consulting. Our markets are expanding westward with new projects in California and Nevada. With knowledge and experience with California Title 24 and Cal Green we are able to work wherever our clients and opportunity take us. Locally, we are working on a number of K-12 schools, university projects and multi-family residential buildings in DC and Maryland.

Doo Consulting.proudly accepted the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region’s (USGBCNCR) 2019Innovative Project of the Year Awardfor New Construction/Commercial on behalf of the THEARC West project team. The award was presented to the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus West (THEARC West) at the USGBCNRC’s annual Midsummer Night’s Green event at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest DC.

这THEARC West was constructed to serve the underserved. Through the nonprofitBuilding Bridges Across the River(BBAR) and a collaboration of partner organizations, this LEED Gold Certified®project, provides access to high quality education, health, cultural, recreation and social service programs to the Anacostia River community in Washington, DC.

Mudhar Aldurra已晋升为高级项目经理,并导致我们在西方的努力。Mudhar拥有来自加利福尼亚州圣地亚哥国立大学的Amman,Jordan,Jordan,Jordan,以及可持续发展设计和管理硕士学位的土木工程学士学位。Mudhar于2015年加入Doo Consulting,一直致力于简化我们的项目流程并与客户合作,以​​提高整体项目绩效。他的项目经验包括33 N街的Belgard公寓,位于华盛顿特区,DC,MCHENRE,MD,MD,以及在Camden院子里的奥莱奥公园的体育场和仓库的协助。

Doo Consulting.continues to contribute to可持续的马里兰州assisting municipalities throughout the State address sustainability policy to meet desired goals. We are happy to present information at municipal and community sustainability workshops and assist in the Sustainable Maryland certification process. This work aids in the development of strategic plans addressing climate, resiliency, and conservation in Maryland’s cities and towns, engaging communities in action.

Trends: Focusing on Climate Change

We believe that the overriding trend for 2020 will be Focusing on Climate Change. As we move into a new decade, attention will be turning to what we’ve accomplished in the last one and what we need to accomplish by 2030, a significant date according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as many other organizations including those that inform our industry.

While we laud achievements toward greater environmental and social responsibility, both small and large, we also observe losses in environmental policy locally and nationally.

In Maryland, we are trying to protect verified green building standards for State funded construction. Given that the Maryland has long been a leader in sustainable design and construction, that we should have to do this at this particular moment in time is confounding. The Federal government has been rescinding environmental protections for clean water and air that open the door for greater emissions as well as increasing the risk to public health.

这Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we have ten years to act to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. Let’s be clear about the timeline and warming targets. If we miss these targets, we do not fall off a cliff. However, the consequences become more severe. This is an economic as well as an environmental and social justice issue. People/Planet/Profit, the three legs of the sustainability stool are all impacted.

As overall global warming increases, the risk of severe impacts also increases.FloodingAND热相关的压力will be occurring simultaneously around the world. Financial and insurance institutions understand this. Financial incentives have always been key to getting things done. According to the GreenBiz 2020 State of Green Business Report, 86% of U.S. companies now publish a sustainability report. U.S. and global companies recognize the current and future risks the climate crisis poses to their business assets, especially natural capital, and are engaging with suppliers to address the contributing behaviors and mechanisms throughout the supply chain.

…the need to curb global warming has spurred the creation of insurance policies that provide incentives to policyholders to contribute to these efforts. These include discounts on auto insurance policies for driving fewer miles and policies for green building construction.

-from a November 2019 Insurance Information Institutearticle.

Doo Consulting.那we and many companies like ours, choose to focus on reducing the carbon contributions from the built environment which is estimated to contribute nearly 40% of global carbon emissions.

Architecture 2030 establishes a path to reduce GHG emissions from buildings. By 2030, the goal is for buildings to be designed and built to be net zero carbon. Starting in 2020, buildings are to be 80% more energy efficient as compared to a 2003 CBECS baseline. According to a recent AIA 2030 Commitment Report, the average weighted EUI reduction for 2018 is 46%. Every five years, the target energy savings increases by 10%; 90% in 2025 and 100% (net zero) in 2030.

Looking at the “upper extreme” the following graph shows that most buildings are able to meet the 2030 targets for 2020.

国际代码委员会(ICC),美国Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) are all in lockstep on this with net-zero energy codes anticipated to be adopted in 2030. Already there is a net-zero energy appendix approved for the 2021 energy code. States, such as California, Massachusetts and Vermont and municipalities such as Ithaca, Seattle and Washington DC, have adopted zero energy performance targets in advance of the 2030 date.

What you can do.

Energy Models

One of the things architects can do is to is to incorporate energy modeling into their design process and to encourage clients to require models whether or not they are seeking a building certification. From AIA’s 2018 Report, energy models are shown to improve EUI reduction by an average of 25% when compared to non-modeled projects. The number of modeled projects has hovered around 50% since 2017 indicating a significant opportunity for improvement.

能源模型允许建筑师和工程师向客户提出建议的预期能源成本,而模型是评估设计决策对能源使用和成本影响的唯一途径。

Join the AIA 2030 Commitment and Report

If you are a member of the 2030 Commitment but are not yet reporting, take the next step to share your project data and understand the performance and impact of your portfolio. If you are not a member of the 2030 Commitment, join the firms who have committed to meeting the 2030 Challenge, report your project performance and build the movement toward a lower carbon future and greater client cost savings.

Support Responsible Businesses

在过去的一百年中,没有银弹策略扭转全球市场的盈利 - 以上的所有思维方式。我们作为消费者,投资者和公民应该支持对所有利益攸关方的后果而不是仅仅股东来最大限度地减少未来的气候风险,并确保全球健康的存在性能。

  • Ask your benefits manager or financial advisor how to support companies and funds with strong, integrated ESG reporting mechanisms and performance targets.
  • 做你的品牌研究在做出购买前to encourage responsibility in material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and end-of-life product management.
  • Share your concerns about the impact of business on quality of life on earth with corporate executives and legislators.
National Bike to Work Week

Celebrate National Bike to Work Week!

May is National Bike Month, and the most exciting week in the celebration is National Bike to Work Week! This annual week culminates in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17th。Whether you’re riding your bike to work or school, or riding just to save money and time, the impact that you are making is powerful.

有多少骑自行车的人去上班?

在全国各地,越来越多的人在早上戴着头盔,比以往任何时候都在工作。自行车推行的次数在美国2001 - 2009年的8年期间翻了一番,在自行车友好的社区,通过自行车上下船的工作人数从2000年到2013年增加了105%。

National Bike to Work Week Helps the World

40% of all trips in the United States are less than two miles, which makes bicycles a convenient and inexpensive way to get where you’re going without using fossil fuels. The transportation sector is currently responsible for over 70% of all United States petroleum use, and biking is a great way to radically lower that percentage. Increasing the mode share of all trips made by riding a bicycle or walking from just 12% to 15% would lead to fuel savings of a whopping 3.8 billion gallons a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 million tons! That would be the equivalent of taking 19 million traditional cars off the road and replacing them with hybrid vehicles.

这Benefits of Commuting to Work on a Bike

Biking to work is an awesome way to sneak more exercise into your day. While the amount of exercise you get will vary based on how fast you go and the topography of the area, you can expect to burn as many calories as you would while jogging without the negative impact on your joints.

通过节省一些钱庆祝国家自行车到工作周!2015年,美国普通家庭在汽油上花了1,962美元,这是自2009年以来的最低金额!一旦您增加了维护,保险,维修和停车费用,标准轿车的平均所有权成本攀升至9,000美元。一个全新的通勤自行车重量在250-1500美元之间,最多拥有1,950美元的第一年的平均所有权成本。一旦你拥有自行车,每年的成本可能会降至0美元。

Join Us on National Bike to Work Day!

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the entire country will be celebrating National Bike to Work Day. If you are communting in the Washington, D.C. metro area, you can also participate in additional festivities hosted by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association byregistering here。If you are commuting in Maryland, you can take part in dozens of activities throughout the state byregistering here

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Do You Appreciate the Value of Natural Capital?

Earth Day是一个完美的时刻,思考我们周围世界的美丽,但它也有机会反思这个世界的巨大价值以及我们的地球提供的生态系统服务的依赖。bob竞猜重要的是要记住,从撒布授予我们的食物供应的蜜蜂treesthat keep us healthy, the world has plenty of natural capital to offer. Many consumers and businesses radically underestimate the tremendous value of natural capital.

What IsNatural Capital

Natural capital is the term used to describe the natural resources present throughout the globe including air, water, living organisms, soils, geology and more. While it’s easy to assign values to manmade things, it cannot be overemphasized how much “free” service our planet provides for us. A well-maintained river or forest provides the surrounding area with fish, water, energy, lumber and more. Additionally, natural environments, even small urban parks, provide for physical and mental well-being. Many natural resources are renewable but, with abuse and misuse, they can be spoiled and the services they provide can be compromised. Eventually, permanent damage can be done.

In Baltimore, communities understand the impact of pollution on the health of its neighborhoods, the harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.Pollution affects the availability and safety of the local fish, crabs and oysters that we eat as well as compromising other recreational activities such as swimming and boating. The complexity of the Bay ecosystem is worth its own blog but that’s for another time.

这Give and Take of Natural Capital

One of the many reasons why Earth Day is so vital is to bring awareness to the give and take nature of natural capital. With financial capital, when you overspend, you accumulate debt. If that debt is left unchecked, it could result in bankruptcy. With natural capital, when you take too much away from the natural environment, you also accumulate a debt that needs to be repaid (allowing aquifers time to replenish, replanting forests, etc.). If we constantly withdraw from the value of natural capital without putting anything back in, there is a risk of local, regional, national or even global environmental devastation.

这Value of Natural Capital

How does the value of natural capital translate to financial terms? While nature is priceless, it is not valueless. Numerous studies have attempted to quantify the value of natural capital. In 2013,生态系统和生物多样性经济学(TEEB)的商业联盟published a地标报道that estimated the world’s current production and processing sectors are responsible for environmental externalities valued at $7.3 trillion every year. In other words, industry is not covering the cost of their emissions, water use, land use, pollution and other natural resource impacts that their operations incur. Anotherstudy在全球环境变革期刊估计全球生态系统服务的总价值超过全球总产值国内生产总值 - 每年124.8万亿美元。bob竞猜

Natural Capital in Practice

Comprehending the value of natural capital requires understanding the services that nature provides and how we benefit from them. For example, what if we had to pollinate all of our food producing plants manually? Placing a financial value on ecosystem services is a critical tool for policymakers, stakeholders and decision makers to appreciate the vital role of nature in business and the economy. While many ecosystem services continue to be taken for granted, corporations are increasingly taking responsibility for their environmental and social impacts.Earth Dayallows us all a chance to reflect on our use of finite resources and how appreciating their value enables better decision-making.