Earth Day and I are about the same age, as we were both born in 1970. No matter which resource you look at, we’ve lost a significant amount of biodiversity and forest in my lifetime. I can’t explain why it’s so painful whenever I hear “since 1970” with all the environmental loss stats, but it feels personal. And as someone who has done Phase I ESAs for years, I’ve witnessed the increasing development and sprawl in the aerial photos we review from 1970 to the present… for pretty much every site we look at… so I feel like I have seen it for myself to some extent. I also feel like the fireflies and birdsong of my childhood have diminished quite a bit.
On the other hand, I know people need places to live, and I’m more reminded than ever these days about how important it is to have a thriving economy. Taking all those interests into account, I’m encouraged by the research of organizations like the Urban Land Institute which focuses on how we can improve our approach to development going forward.
So ….. How are we, at AEI Consultants, making a difference? Well, I take pride in the way we have an influence on the built environment with our work. The built environment produces up to 75% of greenhouse gas emissions in cities, with office buildings accounting for almost 20% of our emissions nationally. We are becoming increasingly urban as a society so the way we live in the built environment has a huge impact on our environmental footprint.
Whenever we identify a site that needs environmental cleanup through our due diligence or site mitigation divisions or help a building operate more efficiently through our BA divisions, we are helping. Whenever we work for a renewable energy developer, we are helping. There is no doubt we can do more and I’m on the look-out for ways to do that. We’re working with some of our national lender clients to include climate risk modeling in our environmental consulting services. This would involve the ESA side initially, and then the BA group to help with improving the building resilience. I know many of these lenders are beginning to look at the ways their lending practices influence climate change. So I take heart with what we do, while looking for ways to do more. If you have ideas, please reach out to email@example.com!
Some pics from our Outdoors Team Site, Corinne Dougherty shared a photo at Aoraki/Mount Cook in New Zealand.
And Ben Friedman shared a photo of a flower from his passionfruit vine. He has an extensive tropical garden going.
Some shared these ideas for activities with your kids: