10 Online resources for Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020 online

April 22nd will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

This year, people will gather online rather than in parks. Information will be shared through teleconferences, not classrooms. People who wish to respond to this year’s theme, climate action, will participate and plan in remote sessions.

Other resources in this list include suggested activities for after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. There are also searchable databases of worldwide virtual events and volunteering opportunities.

CLIMATE ACTION DURING A PANDEMIC

#CLIMATEACTION

Participants will reassess current habits and learn about new ones that are better for the planet.

EARTH DAY AT 50 TEACH-OUT

#TEACHOUT

This education program will focus on the meaning of sustainability, and the ways that it varies in different sectors and disciplines. The University of Michigan is providing the content. Enrollment is free.

EARTH DAY LIVE

#EARTHDAYLIVE

The US Climate Strike is sponsoring three days of online teach-ins, musical performances, and more.

EARTH DAY WEEK

#WEDONTHAVETIME

This conference program from WeDontHaveTime.org features expert-led discussions of climate crisis solutions.

EARTHRISE 2020

#EARTHRISE

Experience how the power of the internet can mobilize and connect millions for transformative action.

ECOWATCH

@ECOWATCH

The environmental news website, EcoWatch, suggests three ways to celebrate Earth Day while on lockdown.

EVENTBRITE EARTH DAY EVENTS

@Eventbrite

Choose between hundreds of free online events, learn the details, sign-up and share with friends.

FIND A DIGITAL EARTH DAY EVENT

#EARTHDAY

This site offers a searchable database. Choose from even types that include activism, citizen science, conservation, faith, film screenings, and teach-ins.

VIRTUAL 2020 EARTH DAY CONFERENCE

#NELSONEDC

On Monday, April 20, the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will present a mix of webinars, pre-recorded sessions and interactive discussion. All events will be online and free.

WEHERO EARTH MONTH

#EARTHMONTH

It’s possible to become an advocate for the environment, even at a distance. This searchable database brings up online opportunities for volunteering and generating awareness.

News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s newsletter, Sharing Sustainability. Several issues of the newsletter can be previewed here.

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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
    • Placement for social distancing
    • 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.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

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.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.