EI provides a comprehensive array of services for the development and execution of sustainability initiatives relevant to your business. We understand the competitive environment within which our clients operate and actively seek ways to improve sustainability performance while supporting near term business objectives and long term strategic goals. Whether you are at the beginning of your sustainability journey or pursing targeted areas of improvement, EI’s team of experienced professionals can help you achieve measurable results. With services ranging from sustainability program development to waste reduction and life cycle analysis, EI has the expertise to help you identify and leverage the unique opportunities within your organization.
Our team holds certifications from the USGBC for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Six Sigma Manufacturing Methods, Certified Energy Management from the Association of Energy Engineers and has specialized training in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and ISO 14000 and 14001 Environmental Management Systems. EI’s Sustainability services include:
- Environmental Audits
- Sustainability Program Development
- Waste Minimization Program Development
- Water Footprinting and Use Reduction
- Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainable Product Design
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting
- Green Certification Assistance
- Community Outreach and Engagement
- Energy Assessments and Carbon Footprint Reduction
Sustainability Program Development
EI’s sustainability experts will work with you to develop a sustainability strategy in alignment with your business goals. Starting with an understanding of key drivers and opportunities specific to your business, EI will guide you through the process of setting a clear vision and set of goals, development of a well-defined strategy and implementation of measurable sustainability improvements.
Effective sustainability initiatives begin with a clear understanding of how your business interacts with the environment. EI provides comprehensive sustainability audits that can be applied to your entire site or to a select process. After assessing resource uses, waste generation and purchasing practices, EI will deliver a baseline sustainability report that articulately summarizes key points of environmental impact and provides recommendations for improvement.
Waste minimization is a cornerstone of environmentally responsible enterprises. Whether you are looking to improve your recycling program, go landfill-free or lower the toxicity and persistence of wastes generated at your site, EI’s team of experienced professionals will provide the support necessary to ensure you reach your goals.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Sustainable Product Design
For companies looking to improve the environmental performance of a specific product or product line, EI provides LCA services and support. Our experienced staff can complete or support completion of a product LCA and provide guidance on how to leverage the findings to reduce your environmental footprint. Our team has extensive training and operational experience with SimaPro and the ISO Standards 14040 and 14044.
Considering that energy and telecommunications costs can make up as much as 25 percent of an organization’s overall operating budget – utility cost reductions, even the most modest ones, can significantly improve profitability. As energy costs continue to rise, EI is committed to managing those expenses and their associated environmental impacts. EI’s custom tailored assessments will help you pursue economical energy improvements that are environmentally responsible and provide a tangible return on investment.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting
CSR reporting is increasingly tied to the credibility and long-term viability of businesses. With a working knowledge of The Global Reporting Institute (GRI) guidelines, the EI team will support you in authentically reporting Company CSR performance, focusing on those areas most relevant to your operations.
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Phase Is are conducted per ASTM E 1527-13 and include several major components: a site reconnaissance, completion of a User Questionnaire, a regulatory database search, interviews with persons knowledgeable of the property, and a review of reasonably ascertainable and readily available historical sources to identify the use of the property back to 1940 or its first developed use, whichever is earlier. As such, the ASTM E 1527-13 Standard Practice provides specific guidance as to what must be addressed. However, there is no ASTM standard for Desktop Reviews (more commonly called Risk Search with Risk Assessments-RSRAs). Therefore, RSRAs differ from consultant to consultant and also do not provide protection on CERCLA.