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Navigator News- 1st Quarter 2009
Views, perspectives and innovation from Project Navigator, Ltd.
Do you have an Emergency Response Plan?
In this edition:
PRPblog.com - PNL's New Online Project Management Information System
To complement our client information storage and management system at www.projectoolbox.com, we have designed and placed into operation www.PRPblog.com. Here, project teams can geo-spatially store and view a wide range of information from project videos to presentations to data. The system is intuitive to use and has been well received by clients, especially with its ability to deliver video content. We are now using PRPblog.com content on many of our projects to assist clients with their decision-making.
Project Navigator is Performing Coordination and Data Analysis Services at a Major Northeast Site
Project Navigator–Atlantic (PNA) was selected as the Project Coordinator for a subset of the group of companies who received General Notice Letters. The Newark Bay Study Area is one of the most complex and challenging sediment projects in the U.S. Newark Bay is greater than 4,000 acres, and is influenced by two major rivers and multiple point and non-point sources. We are excited to be a part of the Newark Bay team!
To see additional services and information on PNA, please view www.PNL-A.com
A Safety 1st Culture - Staying Safe This Winter
Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, Project Navigator has some valuable tips to help you stay safe and warm this season. Please view our safety video clips and tips slide decks on a range of safety topics located at www.SafetyMoment.org.
We encourage you to explore this website and upload your own safety clips!
Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL), in partnership with Bryan A. Stirrat & Associates (BAS), has been awarded two Brownfields municipal contracts
PNL, in partnership with BAS, has been selected by the City of San Bernardino and the City of Lynwood to provide environmental services related to EPA’s Brownfield Assessment Grant Program. Our team will be responsible for developing a GIS-based Brownfield Inventory Database (GBID), conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and supporting community outreach activities. Click here for more information on PNL’s Brownfield and GIS capabilities.
Applying New Technology to Environmental Sites
In a continuing initiative to apply creative solutions to environmental sites, PNL has recently employed wireless technology to improve the safety and efficiency of operations at two landfills in Southern California, the BKK and OII landfills, both of which involve remediation of hazardous waste in response to Federal or State actions. Potential benefits of wireless technology include:
Key References & Articles
2008 Sediment Training Speaker Presentations Additionally, PNL facilitated a 1-day Sediment Training Workshop in Houston, TX on August 28, 2008. The event was sponsored by the Best Practices Group and there were ~60 PMs in attendance from companies including BASF, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, FMC, Lyondell, Shell and Waste Management. The Workshop showcased experts in sediments assessment and remediation, as discussion leaders.
Accomplishment Over Activity
We pride ourselves on a strong track record of creative problem solving and cost avoidance in addressing environmental challenges, including remediation. Click here to view a summary of the projects that we managed in 2008. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2009! If you are not a client, consider us for developing and implementing solutions at your next challenging project.
2009 Environmental Conferences
Here are some conferences scheduled for the first half of 2009:
February 2-5, 2009, Jacksonville, FL
March 3-5, 2009, Atlanta, GA
March 9-12, 2009, San Diego, CA
March 9-12, 2009, Atlanta, GA
March 16-18, 2009, Sacramento, CA
April 18-22, 2009, Portland, OR
May 8-10, 2009, Dallas, TX
May 17-20, Las Vegas, NV
June 16-19, 2009, Detroit, MI
Top 10 Winter Driving Safety Tips
Please view www.SafetyMoment.org for additional safety info.
Visual Navigator Gallery Additions
VN has been busy helping you visualize your project solutions. Click here to view project visuals we created in 2008.
Emergency Preparedness: Do you have an Emergency Response Plan?
2009 Training Opportunities
EPA CLU IN Internet Seminars These are free, web-based slide presentations with a companion audio portion.
These courses are in multiple locations across the country.
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas L. Friedman
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is the glass-half-empty follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. While Guns, Germs, and Steel explained the geographic and environmental reasons why some human populations have flourished, Collapse uses the same factors to examine why ancient societies, including the Anasazi of the American Southwest and the Viking colonies of Greenland, as well as modern ones such as Rwanda, have fallen apart. Not every collapse has an environmental origin, but an eco-meltdown is often the main catalyst, he argues, particularly when combined with society's response to (or disregard for) the coming disaster.
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, by Elizabeth Royte
Royte (Garbage Land) plunges into America's mighty thirst for bottled water in an investigation of one of the greatest marketing coups of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As tap water has become cleaner and better-tasting, the bottled water industry has exploded into a $60 billion business; consumers guzzle more high-priced designer water than milk or beer and spend billions on brands such as Pepsi's Aquafina and Coke's Dasani that are essentially processed municipal water.
The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen
Rogers and Kostigen address the fact that Americans endanger the balance of the ecosystem by the amount of waste we produce, the amount of water we use, and the amount of energy we consume. Rogers and Kostigen establish 12 aspects of our habitat, such as home, work, and school, and suggest better lifestyle choices in each arena. Small adjustments in the way we consume and dispose of resources add up to significant and positive environmental effects.
West Coast - Ian Webster firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulf Coast - Mark Landress email@example.com
East Coast - Elizabeth Schell firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note that Bob Piniewski is now based out of our Raleigh, NC office.
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