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Continued From Page 14 and regulations impacting organics recycling in New Jersey . Riker Danzig attorney Matthew Karmel serves the NJCC as a founding Trustee and the first Chair of its Advocacy and Market Development Committee . With Matthew ’ s support and leadership , this Committee is engaged in advocacy efforts before both the New Jersey Legislature and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection .
Valley Health System
Valley Health System , under the leadership of President and CEO Audrey Meyers , has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices . During 2020 a multitude of initiatives were implemented to further decrease the organization ’ s carbon footprint . Sustainably made , reusable patient-belonging bags continue to replace single-use plastic bags . Valley Dining switched from Styrofoam plates and clamshell food containers to compostable products . The addition of the Stericycle CsRx controlled waste disposal system ensures that inappropriate waste does not enter the community ’ s watershed . Using Emerald Brand tree-free products saved 947 trees and 325,296 gallons of water and avoided creating 102,772 pounds of landfill waste . The purchase of 20 reusable patient grounding electrodes is drastically reducing the number of disposable grounding pads used . A reduction in the amount of instruments housed in the surgical instrumentation trays led to a reduction in the amount of water and enzymatic cleaners required to reprocess instrumentation
Montclair State University
Montclair State University ( MSU ) is situated on 486 acres in three different towns ( Little Falls , Montclair , and Clifton ), with 22 residential buildings that house 5,200 students where the majority of the water use takes place . In 2019 , the MSU Facilities Green Team randomly selected sinks and showers throughout the buildings and measured the flow rates of the original aerators and showers as well as three alternative treatments , analyzed the data , made recommendations , and calculated a return on investment of approximately 63 days for 0.5 gpm aerators and 1.0 gpm showerheads . The Green Team calculated an expected savings of $ 313,334 and 39.2 million gallons of water over five years by switching to more-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators . Facilities is replacing the fixtures now and implementing resident education . They will be analyzing
“ The Green Team calculated an expected savings of $ 313,334 and 39.2 million gallons of water over five years by switching to moreefficient showerheads and faucet aerators .”
water usage data for the spring and fall 2020 to determine actual savings compared to the previous year ' s usage .
Remington & Vernick Engineers
The City of Woodbury was impacted by Perfluorononanoic Acid ( PFNA ) contamination in two of their five potable water wells . The wells were shut down until a treatment process could be pilot tested , designed , permitted and installed . A feasibility study was completed to identify various treatment methodologies that would treat the specific potable well constituents while also considering operational requirements . The feasibility study indicated that the best method for
PFNA treatment was through the use of Granular Activated Carbon ( GAC ). The carbon was pilot tested using the well water from the two wells to be treated , and the pilot test indicated that the PFNA would effectively be removed . In addition to the ability to treat the PFNA contaminant , the GAC units would require little backwash and waste of water during operation of the units . The treatment process was designed , permitted and construction is complete .
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EAI , Inc .
Through partnership with the developers , EAI has been actively involved in the redevelopment of two New Jersey properties : the old Honeywell site in Jersey City and the Harrison waterfront redevelopment . EAI ’ s proactive design / build approach to Vapor Intrusion Mitigation allows for fast-track redevelopment , while helping to avoid future litigation and contaminants migrating into the buildings . This is accomplished via an air-tight gas vapor barrier and sub-slab gas collection system being integrated into the buildings ’ foundations , protecting both indoor air quality and human health . We are proud to be part of these projects from start to finish and to be able to ensure a safe and habitable dwelling for New Jersey residents .
During a recent due diligence project to identify environmental risks and liabilities in advance of a property acquisition , Envision Environmental , Inc . had to complete Phase I and II ESAs on a 70-acre industrial facility within 30 days . Typically , such activities take anywhere from 60 to 90 days to complete .
Rather than throwing significant resources at this project to complete the work , we limited
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Installation of low-flow showerheads and faucets has proven successful in reducing water use .
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