CSR Spotlight: Forest Preserve Restoration Workday

Members of Roux’s Oak Brook, Illinois office took part in an office volunteer workday at a local wildlife center and forest preserve. Native seed collection and invasive species removal were conducted along trails at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center near the Roux Oak Brook office. The Center is home to a butterfly garden along with many nature trails and outdoor exhibits. In addition, the Wildlife Center helps to rehabilitate and release (when possible) injured or abandoned wildlife. Many of our Illinois employees utilize the local forest preserves for recreation.

The native species seed collection included wild bergamot, wingstem, sweet black-eyed susan, and giant hyssop. The collected seeds will be used at other DuPage County Forest Preserve (owner of the Wildlife Center) locations to establish and expand the native species populations in more local areas. In the first two photos, our team is collecting the native seed species in buckets, as the Forest Preserve prefers to keep the various seed species separate.

The Roux volunteers also performed brush cutting of invasive species within the area (third photo). “The invasive species removal we conducted was for honeysuckle,” said Sarah Bassett, Project Engineer. “We used large garden shears and gloves, and made sure to do our safe performance self-assessments.” Sarah was accompanied by other Roux workday participants, Danielle Petkunas, Sandra Walker, and Christine Pietrzyk.

In the past, Roux has donated to the Wildlife Center through their “Adopt an Animal” program. We have adopted three-legged foxes and a woodchuck, and this year we will be adopting a vision-impaired Barred Owl. Keep an eye out for more on the latest workdays, animal adoptions, and conservation efforts from our Oak Brook office.

Complimentary Roux Webinar: Renewable Energy Production on Contaminated Properties

Renewable Energy Production on Contaminated Properties

Monday, November 20th • 2:00pm (EST) • Meredith Harris, P.E.

 

Owners of contaminated properties are looking for ways to offset costs associated with long-term operations and maintenance. Renewable energy companies need land for new installations. Bringing the two together can create a win-win situation that results in cost savings, beneficial reuse of underutilized property, and green energy production.

This webinar, presented by Meredith Harris, P.E., Principal Engineeer, will provide an overview of considerations for both landowners and renewable energy developers, including the types of sites that may be appropriate for development, potential cost savings, engineering considerations, regulatory considerations, and the roles of the various parties involved in these sites. A case study will also be presented to demonstrate a practical application and important lessons learned.

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Roux Complimentary Webinar – Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality

Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality

Monday, November 13th • 2:00pm (EST) • Mitchell A. Wiest, P.G., LEP, Principal Hydrogeologist

 

Often the only environmental due diligence completed as part of property transfer deals are All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)/ASTM 1527-13 compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs). However, regulatory compliant Phase I ESAs often overlook environmental liabilities that may impact redevelopment costs and schedules, as well as tenant usability and desirability. Whether caused by the commodification of Phase I ESAs, time constraints, or inexperienced project teams, regulatory compliant Phase I ESAs may not only fail to identify environmental conditions that result in the reduction of property values, but also conditions that may result in unanticipated remediation, compliance, demolition, or constructions costs. Similarly, AAI/ASTM compliant Phase I ESAs that fail to consider state regulations may put both buyer and seller at risk by overlooking notification and reporting obligations.

This webinar, presented by, Mitchell A. Wiest, P.G., LEP, Principal Hydrogeologist, will provide a primer on the differences between compliant Phase I ESAs and what developers need to know to understand best case/worst case scenarios and the real-world implications of often overlooked conditions that are reported as simply “out of scope” data gaps, or even more vaguely as “Business Environmental Risks,” if at all. Case study examples will be used to highlight several common pitfalls and how these can be avoided.

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Upcoming Webinars at Roux Associates

Check out some of our upcoming webinars, along with events and exhibits.

 

Roux Complimentary Webinar: 
Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality
Monday, November 13th • 2:00pm EST 
Presented by Mitch Wiest, Principal Hydrogeologist

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Roux Complimentary Webinar: 
Renewable Energy Production on Contaminated Properties
Monday, November 20th • 2:00pm EST
Presented by Meredith Harris, P.E., Principal Engineer

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The Knowledge Group Webinar:
Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts in Business Bankruptcies: What Lies Ahead in 2018 
Wednesday, December 13th • 3:00pm EST
Presented by Marc Scarcella, Principal and Economics Practice Leader

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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