Long Island Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Saturday, November 4 Join Coastal Steward Long Island (CSLI) in Endeavour Hall at Stony Brook University for the 3rd Annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS). Attendees will hear from keynote speaker William Wise, the Director of New York Sea Grant and former Associate Director of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; develop plans for projects and mini-grant applications to improve the marine environment; and much more. The first 50 student registrants will receive a free book.

For additional information, please click here or download the event flyer

Long Island Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Long Island Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

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CSR Spotlight: Unexpected Rescue

One of our many Northeast Brownfields Sites has been home to redevelopment, as well as an unexpected rescue. The Site is approximately 12-acres—the future home of a large enclosed regional mall with four above-grade retail levels and two sub-grade parking levels. Since the project award in 2013, Roux has completed multiple phases of soil and groundwater investigation and developed a Remedial Action Plan (RAP). The RAP consists of a large-scale excavation with off-site disposal or reuse of approximately 70% of soil, with the remaining 30% placed under the new mall to render the impacted soil inaccessible and environmentally isolated. Recently, Roux’s field work has consisted of a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP), excavation oversight, off-site disposal management, and endpoint sampling.

There is one thing that all of our Roux field staff can agree on: no two days are the same. Whether they’re supervising, taking samples, or performing maintenance activities, each day brings new hazards to watch out for, tasks to complete, and data to collect. A new, seemingly typical day at this same Northeast Brownfields Site led the Site’s Field Manager, Nick Palumbo, to make a surprising discovery while performing excavation oversight.

Nick, a Staff Engineer from our Islandia, New York office, began his day watching excavation and site preparation activities unfold. The Site was still full of brush, tall grass, and bushes. While walking up a hill to get a better vantage point of an excavation, he saw a black cat jump out and run off into the woods. On his way down the hill, he then discovered three small kittens under a bush.

“Knowing excavation was going to proceed through this area, I went to the police officer who was working road duty that day and asked him if he knew of any rescue facilities that could pick up the kittens,” Nick said. It turned out that the officer (pictured above) had a contact who rescues stray animals. The rescuer arrived outside the Site within ten minutes, informed Nick and the policeman that the kittens were approximately five weeks old, and safely transported them back to her home nearby.

In effort to reunite the kitten’s mother with her young, Nick later set up a cage trap. Sure enough, the mother cat was in the cage shortly after, and was promptly brought to the rescuer’s home. The woman who rescued the cats kept in touch with Nick, letting him know the kittens were weaned onto kitten food and fully vetted before they were put up for adoption. They now have all been adopted into new homes, while the mother cat is still living with her rescuer. “Excavation ended up occurring in the kitten rescue area later that week,” explained Nick, “so it was a good thing we found them.”

Inspired in part by Nick’s efforts, Roux has been getting more involved with non-profit animal rescue organizations, including our recent hurricane relief fundraiser. Since many of our field staff encounter wildlife daily on our sites, animal protection has been identified as a meaningful and uniting cause for the members of our firm. At each of our offices nationwide, we look forward to partnering with more animal organizations as part of our future CSR efforts.

Roux Associates Health and Safety Newsletter: Issue 11, 3Q

As environmental consultants, it is our goal to provide the highest quality environmental services to our clients. In order to provide the best service, it is paramount to ensure the continuing health and safety of our employees and subcontractors. The health and safety success of our team assures the success of our projects. At Roux Associates, we are dedicated to promoting a positive safety culture in the field, within our offices, and throughout our personal lives.

In our quarterly newsletter below, some of our partners highlight safety tips and protocols on the following subjects:

  • Using Stop Work Authority
  • Ecological and Biological Hazards at Sites in Rural and Wilderness Areas
  • Excavation Safety
  • Working Around Heavy Equipment

NYU’s Master’s in Hospitality Lecture – Roux to Present

Tuesday, October 24 Christopher Proce, Principal Hydrogeologist, and Daniel Sihksnel, Business Development Associate, will be guest lecturing at New York University. Mr. Proce and Mr. Sihksnel of Roux’s Islandia, New York office will be teaching Environmental Law as part of a Legal Issues in Hospitality Graduate class Tuesday evening from 6:20pm to 8:50pm.

Topics for discussion include Lead-Based Paint, Tanks, Cooling Towers, Environmental Due Diligence Prior to Purchase, Operating the Hotel in Keeping with Environmental Concerns, Hazardous Chemicals, and Asbestos.

Click here to learn more about NYU’s MS in Hospitality Industry Studies.

NYU Hospitality

Roux to Present at Railroad Environmental Conference

Tuesday, October 24 – Wednesday, October 25 Roux’s Timothy Adams, Principal Hydrogeologist, will be speaking at the 19th Annual Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On Tuesday, Timothy will present on “Remediation of 1,1,2 TCA via Soil Blending and Direct Injection at a Rail Car Cleaning Facility” with Dave Modrowski of Union Tank Car Company. The presentation will discuss chlorinated organic compounds (CVOCs) and how they were treated at an active rail car maintenance facility.

RREC 2017 will feature presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics, and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. Over 500 people attended the conference last year; this year’s conference is expected to be the largest gathering of the railroad environmental community.

For more information, click here or download the event program.

Railroad Environmental Conference

Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 22 The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use, and natural resources law. The 26th annual conference is hosted by The State Bar of California, and brings top environmental professionals, lawyers, and officials together for educational programs and receptions. Some topics for this year’s conference include climate change, CEQA, water resources, groundwater contamination, air pollution, and much more.

Click here to download the conference brochure, and read more here.

Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite