December 2018 - PHE Staff Recognized by SAME

 Paul DiPaolo (Left) Receives Young Member SAME award from San Diego Post President, CAPT Dan Cook, USN, CEC

Paul DiPaolo (Left) Receives Young Member SAME award from San Diego Post President, CAPT Dan Cook, USN, CEC

PHE would like to congratulate Paul DiPaolo for winning the 2018 "Gaslamp Award for Outstanding Leadership and Accomplishment in support of the SAME Mission by a Young Member" for the San Diego Chapter of SAME!  We are incredibly proud of Paul’s efforts and contributions this year.

Looking forward with 30 years of perspective

Looking forward with 30 years of perspective

The last 30 years have transformed the way we understand and address human impact on the environment, and have increased emphasis on conducting business in an environmentally sensitive manner. Since its founding in 1988, PHE has been helping businesses and government agencies achieve a balance between mission-effectiveness and protection of our natural resources. With three decades of hard-earned experience, PHE’s commitment to helping our clients navigate complex environmental requirements – and address new environmental and societal challenges – is stronger than ever!

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PHE Wins 5-Year BPA with GSA Public Building Service

PHE Wins 5-Year BPA with GSA Public Building Service

PHE was awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with the General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service (PBS) Great Lakes Region 5 to provide environmental support services at GSA facilities within the region.  The Great Lakes Region supports federal agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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July 2018 - Top 5 Things Facility Managers Should Know About New Refrigerant Management Requirements

July 2018 - Top 5 Things Facility Managers Should Know About New Refrigerant Management Requirements

Managing refrigerant and refrigeration systems can be a challenge for facilities and facility managers due in part to expanding regulatory requirements.  Section 608 (Refrigerant Management Requirements) of the Clean Air Act was updated to expand requirements for managing ozone-depleting substance (ODS) refrigerants to now also include ODS substitutes.  ODS substitutes which are now regulated include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) (e.g., R-410A, R-407C and R-134a), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) (e.g., R-116), and hydrofluoro-olefins (HFOs) (e.g., 1234YF).  These are collectively referred to as “non-exempt ODS substitutes.” 

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May 2018 - PHE Staff Helps Out SAME at the Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair

May 2018 - PHE Staff Helps Out SAME at the Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair

Melissa Secor volunteered as a Sponsor Judge for the SAME Pittsburgh Post at the 2018 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  About 1,000 students from more than 100 schools across western PA competed at the fair for over $1M in cash prizes and scholarships.  Awards from the SAME Pittsburgh Post were for projects that involved improvements in infrastructure, emergency preparedness, or national security. 

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April 2018 - Overview of Most Common Environmental Compliance Violations from 2017

April 2018 - Overview of Most Common Environmental Compliance Violations from 2017

Navigating compliance with complex environmental regulations is an ongoing and challenging process that facility operators must plan for and manage daily.  Nonetheless, violations do occur, and are growing more expensive. In 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency again raised the cost for violations for several of its programs, after also raising penalties in 2017.  For example, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste violations were increased to $72,718 per day, per violation.  Keeping apprised of current trends in environmental compliance is one approach to help prioritize the management of your own environmental liabilities and avoid violations and fines.

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March 2018 - Comprehensive FOG Study for the Army Recognized In Public Works Digest

March 2018 - Comprehensive FOG Study for the Army Recognized In Public Works Digest

PHE was recently recognized in an edition of the Army’s Public Works Digest for a project that PHE completed at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  The Public Works Digest is a publication of the U.S Army Installation Management Command.  PHE performed a detailed study of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) management to inventory and assess current FOG management infrastructure, make detailed recommendations for improving FOG management and reducing costs of the program, and develop standard operating procedures and training materials to aid in the implementation of the program facility-wide.

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