Sustainability has become a common theme, from business schools to board rooms. While the concept has been discussed for many years in the context of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same, society's current concerns about energy and climate change have focused renewed attention on the topic. CEC has over 20 years of practical experience providing services that help to meet current needs while being sensitive to the needs of the future.
Whether your project involves enhancement of the natural environment by restoring wetlands and improving water management practices; improvements to the built environment through brownfield redevelopment or LEED® consulting; implementation of facility-specific environmental management programs; source-specific GHG management; or incorporation of renewable energy strategies, CEC's project managers and senior leaders bring practical experience to the table.
Community Context and Site Selection
Materials Re-Use and Repurposing
Site Water Resources
Our in-house ecologists and biologists can plan, design, and implement watershed restoration plans. CEC can design wetlands and waters enhancement, implement restoration and replacement mitigation measures, and prepare the necessary construction documentation, drawings, and specifications to support the overall project.
Our landscape architects and ecologists specialize in the use of native plant species to greatly reduce or eliminate irrigation and maintenance demands while achieving aesthetic appeal and order. CEC can develop site design plans that incorporate high efficiency irrigation systems using captured rain water that reduce water use and over-spray loss.
CEC has extensive experience with brownfield issues and the legislative and regulatory requirements of the state programs within the northeastern and Midwestern states. We have worked with various community and economic development agencies, as well as commercial and industrial clients to assess, remediate, and redevelop properties. Four of the projects CEC has provided services for have received national and regional recognition as a National Phoenix Award, Regional Showcase Site or other awards.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is the fastest growing practice area in the engineering and architectural consulting industry. CEC landscape architects are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED® Accredited Professionals. This certification enables CEC to offer our clients up-to-date and efficient consulting and design services for site selection, brownfield and urban development, erosion and sedimentation control, stormwater management, landscape design, and other site elements required for LEED® certification.
CEC supports clients with environmental management system selection and development, planning, goal setting, implementation, training, and evaluation. The rewards of successfully implementing and maintaining an EMS are numerous and include improved environmental performance, mitigated environmental risk, and improved efficiency often resulting in reduced costs.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the ISO 14001-2004 Standard as a tool for effective establishment, implementation, and continual improvement of a standardized EMS. CEC employs RABQSA recognized lead auditors to provide your organization with the objective and impartial auditing required by the standard.
CEC has expertise in air emission inventory development and is prepared to assist you to estimate or measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using established protocols and EPA guidance, CEC can estimate emissions of GHG based on fuel use and other process-specific information. CEC also has the capability to perform direct measurement of GHG emission sources. CEC maintains an inventory of state-of-the-art testing equipment and its testing personnel are knowledgeable in most U.S. EPA methodologies. With detailed knowledge of your GHG sources, CEC's experts can assist you to evaluate options to manage your carbon footprint.
USGBC LEED project certification requires thorough and accurate calculations and support documentation for each requested criteria point. CEC's LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) and design team prepare the necessary documentation and assist our clients in the certification review process to achieve the maximum number of available points including innovation credits for creative proposals and design solutions.
CEC's Renewable Energy Practice combines the technical capabilities of our staff with our client-specific experience. Our goal is to address each unique project and assist in the development of the project from the planning and design phases to the permitting and operational phases, and, to accomplish this in a cost and time efficient manner. CEC has demonstrated project experience for a variety of renewable energy projects throughout the United States including Coal-to-Liquids, Biodiesel, Wind Power, and Landfill Gas-to-Energy.
The first step in the LEED rating process is site context and community connectivity. CEC sustainable site consultants can evaluate properties for public transportation and community density parameters, existing building and site condition surveys, brownfields, remediation and tax increment financing opportunities, wetland and habitat restoration, site footprint and green space analysis and site master planning.
The cost of off-site disposal and the cost savings from recycling of useable existing materials such as concrete, bituminous paving, structural steel, brick and other products normally considered waste can be part of the LEED point system. CEC's team can inventory existing properties for potential re-purposing of site materials and prepare demolition and materials handling plans for re-use within the infrastructure of the client's new LEED project as paving, sub-strate, and landscape architectural site features.
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