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If Roofs Could Talk…

Installed data loggers on green
roofs incorporate sensors that
measure temperature, water
discharge rate and quantity, and Steve Menof on Waste Diversion and Conversion
soil moisture. These networks of
sensors and data loggers are used Steve, what is your role with NSWMA is the solid waste industry’s private
to measure temperatures outside, CEC’s Solid Waste Industry sector trade association focusing on advocacy
within and on the surface of the soil, q Consulting Group? issues that impact the solid waste industry
on roof membranes, on the ceiling and on technical, operational and safety
inside the building and in the air I work with Randy Bodnar to lead issues integral to the industry. Some of these
space below the ceiling. From these the Industry Consulting Group (ICG) issues have been interstate waste, fow
data, the heat fux through green A for solid waste, one of several ICGs control, technical standards for landflls, and
roofs and conventional roofs can that strategically focus on understanding the landfll gas management and air emissions
be calculated and compared. CEC business challenges and drivers of a specifc compliance.
also uses a network of rain gauges industry segment while collaborating with
and soil moisture sensors combined clients to meet and anticipate their service How is the waste industry
with direct measurements of roof needs. We work with CEC ofce directors and changing, and what are
drainage to determine how much solid waste leads to develop a business plan q the industry’s more
of the rainwater has been absorbed and provide strategic services to grow our pressing challenges?
by the roof. waste practice. Over the past 15-20 years, there
I understand that you serve has been a developing social and
CEC’s GIS team has designed a rich on the National Solid Waste A political agenda to increase waste
web application based on real-time q Management Association
data from the sensors and loggers (NSWMA) Board of Governors. What diversion, recycling and benefcial utilization
that provides a month-by-month are some of the topics the NSWMA as opposed to waste being directly landflled
summary of performance metrics. is addressing? or incinerated. We’ve seen a dramatic increase
The self-updating interpretive over that time period. According to EPA, in
application summarizes weather, I’ve served since 1995 as the 2010, more than 34% of the waste stream
soil moisture, water infltration, Chairman of the NSWMA Landfll was diverted from direct disposal, up from
temperature, and discharge rate A Institute. That role allows me 16% in 1990.
and quality. The real-time data to participate on the Board of Governors.
is accessible at any time using
an internet connection for use by
clients and facility managers or SERvInG THE COMMunITy
for educational displays. In The Good deeds
View an on-line example at
News opportunity that would help Camp CEC’s Greg Gerke, a biologist in the
alleghenycounty/ n Indianapolis ofce, recognized an

northern Indiana, add depth to its
+ CEC jumped 32 places from #192 to Bufalo, a local Boy Scout camp in
#160 on Engineering News-Record’s wildlife conservation program.
Top 500 Design Firms rankings in 2012.
+ CEC also climbed from #145 to #134 Greg fostered a relationship between the
on ENR’s 2012 Top 200 Environmental camp and one of CEC’s clients who wanted
Firms list.
to mitigate impacts to a wetland. The result
2012 was the creation of a 14.2-acre wetland
nEws-rEcord along the banks of the Tippecanoe River.
Greg’s connection helped expand the
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