Central Florida Workplace Challenge Engages Businesses in Friendly Competition

Workplace Challenge

[L-R] President of ecoPreserve Alexa Stone; Jane Gregory, pollution prevention coordinator at Orange County Government; Jeff Benavides ecoPreserve Program Manager; Jeff Daniels, assistant director of maintenance operations, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Ian Jurgensen, sustainability project manager, City of Orlando encouraged business to participate in the Central Florida Workplace Challenge at the 2016 Economic Summit.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs helped officially kick off the Central Florida Workplace Challenge, a friendly competition that will help local businesses save money, create healthier workplaces, reduce their environmental impact and enhance our community through volunteer service.

“In addition to being economic drivers, our workplaces are critical in shaping our quality of life and impacting our community in positive ways,” Mayor Jacobs said during her remarks at the 2016 Economic Summit launching the initiative. “Achieving a more diverse, resilient, and thriving economy, while protecting and enhancing our environmental and cultural legacy, requires businesses to be leaders of change.”

Alexa Stone, founder and President of ecoPreserve, an organization with a mission to help organizations improve operations, reduce costs and achieve sustainability, assisted with outreach at the Economic Summit.

“After the announcement, businesses registered for the Workplace Challenge on the spot,” Stone said. “Central Florida businesses want our region to be a prosperous, healthy and lively place to live, work and visit.”

The six-month long challenge will provide businesses with the opportunity to earn awards and recognition, enjoy educational and networking socials, and compete to be the best in one or more of the three categories: Green, Healthy and Involved. The competition will be based off of online scorecards where participants can earn points for completing a range of tasks designed to improve their workplaces. Those competitors who score enough points will be recognized at an award ceremony at the conclusion of the challenge.

“Central Florida is on a mission to become the most robust region in the country,” Orlando, Inc. Executive Vice President José Fajardo said. “Participating in the Central Florida Workplace Challenge is a great way for local businesses to accomplish this vision by strengthening the business climate through enhancing our workplaces and our community.”

Orange County is partnering with the City of Orlando, the City of Winter Park and Green Destination Orlando, a local non-profit, to administer the Central Florida Workplace Challenge. Opportunities to sponsor the competition are available, with either monetary or in-kind sponsorships being welcomed.

Every day, more than 700,000 individuals go to work in Orange County. Many people spend more time at work than any other place. Workplaces make a big difference in our lives both individually and collectively. Healthy workplaces make for healthier, more productive and happier employees. Workplaces where colleagues volunteer together to make a difference in the community helps build teamwork on the job.

Green workplaces typically reduce operating costs while decreasing environmental risks and liabilities. Pursuing the triple bottom line of profit, people and planet is good for business and good for our community.

To join the challenge, visit www.greendestinationorlando.org.

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Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
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    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
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AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

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A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

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