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FIRST ENVIRONMENT VERIFIES FIRST EVER AVIATION-BASED CARBON CREDITS

 

February 14, 2012, Boonton, NJ: First Environment worked with Pratt & Whitney as one of two independent third parties to validate the methodology used to calculate the CO2 savings that Hawaiian Airlines achieved as a result of using EcoPower® engine wash. First Environment used the guidelines of the Verified Carbon Standard (www.v-c-s.org) to ensure the methodology was sound and would result in quality-assured Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions – which paved the way for the first aviation-based carbon credits.

 

Speaking about First Environment’s role in reviewing the project, president, Dr. Tod Delaney said, “Many industries are looking into ways to reduce GHG emissions. Pratt & Whitney and Hawaiian Airlines have taken a significant step that demonstrates to all industries that reducing GHG and fuel consumption is possible and practical.”

 

“We are proud to be the first airline to receive verified carbon credits for reducing emissions,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian. “Importantly, engine washing with EcoPower is helping us mitigate rising fuel costs and significantly reduce Hawaiian’s carbon footprint at the same time.”

 

Since 2005, Hawaiian Airlines has saved more than 2.5 million gallons of fuel and 26,000 gallons of water, eliminated potential soil and groundwater contamination, and reduced its CO2 emissions by 22,000 metric tons as a result of its continued use of the environmentally-friendly EcoPower engine wash.

 

Rick Deurloo, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Sales, Americas said, “It is appropriate that our first EcoPower customer, Hawaiian Airlines, is also the first customer to be awarded Verified Carbon Units as a result.”

 

Delaney continued, “Every step taken to decrease greenhouse gases today will have a cumulative impact in the future. We are impressed with the leadership and commitment of Hawaiian Airlines and Pratt & Whitney who are having a positive impact on the environment.”

 

Established in 1977, First Environment is a full service environmental engineering firm. As an accredited Validation and Verification Body (VVB) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the firm helps companies and governments develop strategic responses to adapt to climate change, as well as manage sustainability and reduce GHG. For more information contact Barbara Thomson at btp@firstenvironment.com or (917) 687-5298.

 

Now in its 83rd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ) and the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets. Learn more at http://www.hawaiianair.com/.

 

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

 

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VOTED BEST VERIFIER IN NORTH AMERICA FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

Boonton, NJ, December 14, 2011 For the fourth consecutive year - Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance Annual Market Survey has ranked First Environment as the Best Verification Company in the North American Mandatory markets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This survey continues to be the most closely watched survey of leading participants in the carbon, US emission, weather risk management, and US emissions markets. This year, over 1000 readers participated and First Environment came out on top again.

 

“We are very grateful to our customers for recognizing our efforts,” said Tod Delaney, President of First Environment, “and we are very excited about the carbon market California is building. We understand the importance of integrity and consistency when measuring GHG emissions and are pleased to be a part of what California is doing.”

 

“The findings come as the successful outcome of the Durban climate talks has provided a much-needed shot in the arm for carbon trading,” said Mark Nicholls, editor of Environmental Finance. “With California and Australia both passing regulations to establish carbon markets, the concept is once more on the march.”

 

First Environment is an accredited third party greenhouse gas emissions Validator and Verification Body for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the California Air Resources Board. First Environment is also accredited by ANSI to provide verification services for fuel switching, renewable energy, energy efficiency, ozone depleting substances, livestock, and solid waste management projects. For more information contact Barbara Thomson at BTP@Firstenvironment.com or 917.687.5298. 

 

 

SOLUTIONS TO TACKLE CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE POSSIBLE

 

Durban, South Africa - November 30, 2011 Dr. Tod Delaney, P.E., President of First Environment and Chairman Emeritus of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) in Washington, D.C. is participating with business leaders urging the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to move forward with market based and regulatory policies to reduce carbon emissions. Dr. Delaney’s message is that carbon markets are already moving forward and countries are facing imminent and costly adaptation needs – adapting infrastructure for extreme weather conditions – that are now commonplace.

 

“Water levels and temperatures are rising and there are huge costs associated with the devastating storms that are happening every year instead of every twenty. The business community is advising governments to work in Durban to harness the innovation, investment, and drive of the private sector to meet these urgent adaptation needs,” said Dr. Delaney.

 

While the world watches the conference in Durban, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has already adopted a Cap-and-Trade system to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This market-based solution will take effect in 2013 and will be the second largest carbon market in the world. First Environment is a Verification Body for CARB – measuring the accuracy of GHG emissions based on the world’s best practices – making sure there is consistency and integrity in the market.

 

First Environment is also providing adaptation solutions to New Jersey Transit – the largest State-wide public transit provider in the United States. First Environment is assessing the potential impacts of climate change on vulnerable, at-risk infrastructure and is developing cost-effective strategies for adapting to climate change. This past summer, Hurricane Irene exemplified the need to re-think planning for major infrastructure investments, as flooding from Irene washed out railway lines and roadways, crippling the state.

 

About First Environment

Established in 1977, First Environment is an international leader in emerging environmental and climate change issues. We help companies and governments develop strategic responses to adapt and mitigate climate change as well as manage sustainability and GHG projects. We also perform third party GHG validation and verification services. For more information contact Barbara Thomson at btp@firstenvironment.com or (917) 687-5298.

 

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) PRESENTS LESSONS LEARNED FROM 13514 IMPLEMENTATION AT THE GREENGOV SYMPOSIUM IN WASHINGTON, DC

 

Washington DC - October 31, 2011 Leo Gumapas, P.E., Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Manager at NIH will be presenting the lessons learned from NIH’s experiences in their first year of reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the GreenGov Symposium Panel 5 Session: Implementing Agency Wide Sustainability Plans on Tuesday, November 1st from 1 to 3 PM.

 

Last year NIH commissioned First Environment to support the agency’s efforts to implement Executive Order (EO) 13514 by developing a GHG emissions inventory and reporting system. The undertaking was a complex and a challenge. NIH is the nation’s medical research agency – supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health with 27 individual medical research institutes and centers, and employing 36,000+ employees at its seven campuses and other locations around the United States. The agency has many different types of facilities, including offices, laboratories, hospital/clinic facilities, a vivarium, and an electricity generation plant. It also own and operates 740 vehicles – all of which generate GHG emissions. This past year, the question for NIH was: what is the amount of GHG emissions each year from its buildings, facilities, vehicles and employee activities?

 

The First Environment team, working directly with NIH, used the Council on Environment Quality’s (CEQ) categorization of sources and methodologies from the Technical Support Document (TSD) to help find the answer by establishing the base year for fiscal year (FY) 2008 and complete the FY10 inventory. NIH and the First Environment team identified the GHG boundary for each campus, interviewed data stewards for each source, and interviewed facility managers to determining reporting needs. The result: NIH knows the contours of its big picture GHG landscape, i.e., its GHG sources, locations, and amounts in absolute and comparative terms. The outcome: the agency’s GHG source data collection, analysis, management, and reporting efforts met EO 13514 reporting requirements, helping to position the agency to reduce its GHG emissions.

 

With the big picture in mind, the question for NIH becomes: what is the best strategy to realize GHG reductions in the coming? The next step for NIH is to deconstruct each major source category, such as electricity consumption, to determine how much different usage segments, such as servers, heating-ventilation-air-conditioning systems, and plug load from equipment, contribute to aggregate electricity consumption. The anticipated result is that NIH will know qualitatively and quantitatively the precise elements that drive energy consumption and GHG emissions. These data elements will empower NIH to develop insightful GHG reduction strategies and implement cost-effective measures that have measurable and verifiable impacts on costs, energy savings, and GHG reductions.

 

Organized by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the 2011 GreenGov Symposium brings together leaders from the Federal, state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit and academic communities, and the private sector for this 3-day conference with the goal of educating participants on best practices as they reflect on this past year of EO 13514 implementation and strive to reduce GHG emissions 28% compared to 2008 by the year 2020.

 

First Environment is a full service environmental engineering firm established in 1977 and is an accredited Validation and/or Verification Body (VVB) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as well as The Climate Registry, the Climate Action Reserve, and the Voluntary Carbon Standard. The firm is ANSI-accredited to validate/verify emissions from fuel combustion projects for Renewable Energy Combustion, Energy Efficiency Improvements, Transportation, Land Use and Forestry, Livestock, and Waste Handling and Disposal.
 

For more information contact Barbara Thomson at btp@firstenvironment.com

 

 

 

U.S. DELEGATE SPEAKS ON ISO REPORTING STANDARDS FOR FUTURE LOW CARBON ECONOMY

 

Boonton, NJ - October 20, 2011 Dr. Tod Delaney, President of First Environment is speaking today to a conference of environmental scientists and businessmen on the benefits of using the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - carbon emission reporting standards - as a building block for the future world low carbon economy.

 

The conference, sponsored by Low Carbon Earth Summit (LCES) and titled "Leading the Green Economy, Returning to Harmony with Nature," is taking place in Dalian, China - a city that has dedicated itself to implementing best practices for a Low Carbon in every industrial sector.

 

The first of its kind conference has over 2,000 scientists and businessmen registered from nearly every nation on the globe and some of the largest US businesses, such as Citibank and General Motors are keynote speakers. Forums include topics such as: World Low Carbon Economy, Low Carbon Nations in Action, Emission Trade Toward Green Economy, and Low Carbon Finance and Global Strategic Alliances. The purpose of LCES-2011 is to provide a world-class meeting place for information exchanges and trade fair for promoting Low Carbon Economy.

 

Dr. Delaney's speech focuses on the benefits of using the existing and internationally accepted ISO standards (14064, 14065 and 14066) to ensure consistency in reporting carbon emissions and to ensure the value of emission credits for financial trading worldwide in these emerging markets.

 

Dr. Delaney said, "The ISO 14000 series of standards were created by business for business. No matter what economic model is chosen, we must start with reporting standards that are clear, transparent and verifiable. We must have confidence in the reporting of carbon emissions data to ensure our responses are appropriate."

 

Dr. Delaney provides strategic direction and management oversight at First Environment, an environmental engineering and consulting firm that delivers greenhouse gas management, environmental management system, and corporate sustainability services. Dr. Delaney is also a chemical and environmental health engineer with over 30 years of industry experience. Dr. Delaney also participates in the development of the ISO 14000 Series of Standards, including standards for life cycle assessment and greenhouse gas management. He currently serves as the International Convener for the new ISO 14066 standard involving competency requirements for validators and verifiers.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT VOTED BEST VERIFICATION COMPANY IN VOLUNTARY CARBON MARKETS

 

Boonton, NJ - February 17, 2011 Environmental Finance’s annual survey of the voluntary carbon markets declares First Environment voted as the Best Verification Company in Voluntary Carbon Markets. Environmental Finance is the only global publication dedicated to covering the impact of environmental issues on the lending, insurance, investment and trading decisions affecting industry.

 

“By engaging in the voluntary carbon market, our clients are, by definition, progressive and forward looking. We are delighted that our commitment to integrity in verification has been recognized by our clients and partners,” says Tod Delaney, President of First Environment.

 

Environmental Finance defines voluntary carbon as “carbon credits bought or sold to help organizations or individuals offset carbon emissions where they are not required by regulation to do so.” This may be to meet voluntarily assumed targets or to prepare themselves for mandatory reporting.

 

According to Environmental Finance, companies were contacted in December 2010 and asked to nominate leading firms working in the voluntary carbon markets via an online survey. Voters were asked to make their judgments on the basis of: efficiency and speed of transaction; reliability; innovation; quality of service provided and influence on the market, not just the volume of transactions handled. Around 500 completed responses were received.

 

The firm credits its success to its staff of highly competent verifiers and data management specialists, whose diligence in maintaining high quality service has kept the firm earning top marks for the past four years. First Environment was also voted Best Verifier in North American Mandatory Markets from 2008-2010.

 

First Environment is a full service environmental engineering firm established in 1977 and is an accredited Validation and/or Verification Body (VVB) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as well as The Climate Registry, the Climate Action Reserve, and the Voluntary Carbon Standard. The firm is ANSI-accredited to validate/verify emissions from fuel combustion projects for Renewable Energy Combustion, Energy Efficiency Improvements, Transportation, Land Use and Forestry, Livestock, and Waste Handling and Disposal.
 

 

 

VOTED BEST VERIFIER IN NORTH AMERICA FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

Boonton, NJ - December 16, 2010 Third consecutive year – Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance 11th Annual Market Survey ranks First Environment as the Best Verification Company in the North American Mandatory markets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This survey continues to be the most closely watched survey of leading participants in the carbon, US emission, weather risk management, and renewable energy markets. This year, over 1,200 readers participated.

 

“The winners of this year’s survey are those that have stayed the course through the tough times – they are well-positioned to grow their environmental markets businesses as conditions improve,” said Mark Nicholls, editor of Environmental Finance. “Time and again, survey respondents voted for those firms with a long heritage in what are still youthful markets, and rewarded commitment to helping their clients navigate often complex and fast-moving regulatory environments.”

 

“We, of course, thank everyone for this recognition,” said Tod Delaney, President of First Environment. “We continually strive to be ahead of the curve when it comes to verifying greenhouse gas emissions. We understand the importance of integrity and consistency when measuring GHG emissions and are pleased to be a part of the process. 

 

First Environment is an accredited third party greenhouse gas emissions Validator and Verification Body for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This year First Environment expanded its accreditation for fuel combustion projects for Renewable Energy Combustion, Energy Efficiency Improvements, and Transportation. First Environment is also ANSI-accredited for Livestock and Waste Handling and Disposal. For more information contact Barbara Thomson at BTP@Firstenvironment.com or 917.687.5298. 

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE CAPTURED IN AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

 

Boonton, NJ - December 16, 2010 The July 2010 edition of “Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) Magazine,” – a publication of the Water Environment Federation features the benefits and workings of the EPA award-winning Environmental Management System (EMS) First Environment developed with the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant in Westchester, NY. Charles Beckett, the Superintendent at the facility, provides insight to the development and implementation of their EMS and acknowledges operational benefits beyond those originally anticipated.  Read full article.

 

Superintendent Charles Beckett said, “We were able to capture decades of institutional knowledge in this EMS. The operations of wastewater treatment plants, water districts, and solid waste facilities are inherently environmental and encompassed our entire operation.”

 

As the first wastewater treatment plant in New York State to be certified to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 EMS standard, Yonkers documented its best practices in a structured process that:

  • prepared for transitions within the organization and integrated Standard Operating Procedures,
  • standardized their Electronic Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manual,
  • anticipated change and provided guidance for it, and
  • provided a corrective action process.

“The process began when Westchester County made a commitment to the environment. As Yonkers developed and implemented its EMS, they discovered that this tool helped to improve everything they do,” stated Betsy Delaney, VP First Environment.   

 

To learn more about creating an Environmental Management System for your organization please contact Barbara Thomson at btp@firstenvironment.com or call 917.687.5298.  

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT ANNOUNCES ARTHUR J. CLARKE, J.D.

Boonton, NJ - November 3, 2010 First Environment proudly announces that Arthur J. Clarke, J.D. has joined the firm as a Senior Associate in its Boonton, New Jersey offices directing First Environment's Litigation Support and Regulatory Services markets, including testifying and consulting expert witnessing services, due diligence, regulatory auditing and environmental permitting.

Mr. Clarke has 28 years of legal and environmental consulting experience. He has worked at several distinguished law firms in New Jersey representing a broad range of clients on environmental litigation, regulatory compliance and transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, land use and insurance coverage practice areas. Mr. Clarke also has ten years of environmental consulting experience working as an environmental chemist, project manager and manager of corporate regulatory affairs. He has assisted in the development and implementation of corporate regulatory compliance programs, analytical quality assurance programs and risk management programs. He has also worked in rehabilitating and redeveloping distressed properties and Brownfields sites in New Jersey and New York.

Before coming to First Environment, Mr. Clarke was Counsel to the law firm of Herold Law, P.A. in Warren, New Jersey where he worked extensively with expert witnesses developing technical arguments and supporting materials for the defense of clients at several large Superfund sites. He also worked on defending clients before the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and regulatory agencies in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Clarke has conducted corporate due diligence investigations at home and abroad including the support of corporate acquisitions in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. He also worked on environmental site assessments in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Mr. Clarke is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted in Federal District Courts in New York and New Jersey. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, the Stewart G. Pollack Environmental Inn of Court and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. He is co-chair of the Morristown Environmental Commission where he directs sustainability, open space and land use initiatives and he is a member of the Atlantic Health System's Bio-Safety Review Board.


Mr. Clarke holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. in Chemistry from Binghamton University. If you have any questions, you can contact Mr. Clarke at First Environment's Boonton, New Jersey office, 973-334-0003.

 

About First Environment

First Environment is a full service environmental engineering firm established in 1977. First Environment's litigation support services are renowned throughout the country for providing expert witnessing services to law firms and clients concerning the manufacture, use, fate and transport of industrial chemicals from prior to World War II to the present. First Environment's extensive historic database and expertise concerning the industrial uses and processes of chemicals such as trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene and other solvents has led to the successful defense of lawsuits at former Defense and Energy sites owned and operated by the United States government. It also has led to accurate quantitative allocations at numerous governmental and industrial sites in cases involving environmental cleanups, insurance litigation and toxic torts.

First Environment is also an international leader in emerging environmental and climate change standards and helps companies develop strategic responses to climate change, and manage sustainability and greenhouse gas projects.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT EXPANDS ITS ANSI ACCREDITATION
 
Boonton, NJ - October 25, 2010: - First Environment continues to bring order to the carbon markets in the United States by expanding its accreditations with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). First Environment has recently been accredited to perform validations and verifications of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from fuel combustion projects for all of the following areas:

  • Renewable Energy Production
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Transportation

Additionally, the scope of our accreditation was further expanded to include validation of GHG projects in the following sectors:

  • Livestock:
    • Methane collection and destruction
    • Livestock and other anaerobic digester operations
    • Agricultural methane emission reduction
    • Agricultural carbon emission reduction
  • Waste Handling and Disposal:
    • Capture and destruction of Landfill gas
    • Capture and use of Landfill gas (biodigestion, aerobic treatment)
    • Methane recovery in wastewater treatment
    • Avoidance of methane production in wastewater treatment
    • Coal mine methane

 

First Environment was previously accredited to perform verifications in the following project sectors: Land Use and Forestry, Livestock, and Waste Handling and Disposal. 
 
This accreditation provides confidence to firms seeking technically qualified Verifiers and Validators to perform audits on GHG reduction projects. ANSI and First Environment understand the value of providing an independent assessment of projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions. 
 
First Environment has been an ANSI-accredited 3rd Party Greenhouse Gas Verifier and Validator since 2008, and recently expanded its accreditation through a rigorous application: assessment, including four project level witness assessments, and a committee review process. To maintain the accreditation, First Environment complies with annual surveillance that monitors its continued fulfillment of ISO 14065 - Greenhouse gases - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation and other forms of recognition. 
 
ANSI coordinates the development and use of voluntary consensus standards among industry within the United States, and represents US industry stakeholders' needs and views around the globe.
 
About First Environment
First Environment offers engineering design and implementation services to meet your company's environmental, sustainability and climate change needs. Established in 1977, we are an international leader in emerging environmental and climate change standards and we help companies develop strategic responses to climate change and manage your sustainability and greenhouse gas projects. We also perform third party validation and verification services to meet your climate change goals. For more information contact Barbara Thomson at btp@firstenvironment.com or (917) 687-5298 or visit www.ansi.org. 

 

 

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PREPARES TO COMPLY WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER TO STRENGTHEN ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY, AND TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

 

Washington, DC - October 4, 2010 The US Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have committed to comply with Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 to strengthen environmental, energy, and transportation management practices for federal agencies as they relate to the recording and monitoring of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions beginning 2011. The federal government has set the goal of reducing GHG emissions of its agencies by 28% in 2020 compared to 2008.

 

The Executive Orders provide regulatory deadlines for federal agencies starting in January 2011 when they must establish and report to the CEQ Chair and OMB Director a comprehensive inventory of absolute GHG emissions, including scope 1, scope 2, and specified scope 3 emissions for 2010. In March 2011, they must start reporting emissions from all covered facilities with absolute emissions of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent GHG in calendar year 2010 using EPA’s Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT). This includes scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions that are from sources owned or controlled by a federal agency, also emissions resulting from generation of electricity, heat, or steam purchased by a federal agency, and sources not owned or directly controlled by a federal agency but related to agency activities such as employee commuting. 

 

NIH, an agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is primarily responsible for the US government’s biomedical and health-related research. NIH will lead the development and maintenance of a comprehensive GHG inventory for the department so that they achieve reductions in GHG emissions. 

 

Kenneth Floyd, Director of the Division of Environmental Protection within NIH’s Office of Research Facilities stated, “Reductions in GHG emissions are imperative to our ultimate mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability for all Americans.” 

 

First Environment was hired by NIH to provide expertise in the area of GHG accounting and reporting, guiding the creation of an emissions inventory and tracking its progress, and making sure NIH is meeting the established GHG reduction goals in the schedule set by the Executive Orders. The firm will also evaluate the potential impacts on emissions by implementing various monitoring and control strategies and prepare training and public outreach materials relating to these initiatives.

 

Dr. B. Tod Delaney, President of First Environment said, “The first step to reducing GHG is to put in place the measuring and monitoring capabilities that will allow for proper documentation of GHG inventories. Accomplishing this requires educating everyone on the process and finding out who needs to be involved. Once we are able to consistently monitor emissions, it will be easier to see what areas need improving.”

 

First Environment, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, is a full service Environmental Engineering firm that provides services throughout the country and the world.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT VOTED BEST VERIFICATION COMPANY FOR SECOND YEAR

 

Boonton, NJ - January 15, 2010  The Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance 10th Annual Market Survey – the oldest and best-established in the environmental markets - announced First Environment as the Best Verification Company in North American Mandatory Markets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the second consecutive year. 

 

“It’s been a tough year in environmental markets, as in finance and commodity markets more broadly,” said Mark Nicholls, editor of Environmental Finance Magazine. “However, those taking top positions expressed optimism that 2010 should see their fortunes improve.”

 

Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance is the most closely watched survey of leading participants in the carbon, US emission, weather risk management, and renewable energy certificate markets, according to Valerie Jones of Environmental Finance Publications. Over 1,500 readers participated in the survey.

 

“We are delighted to receive this award for a second year” says Tod Delaney, President of First Environment. “We have committed to assuring integrity and consistency in emissions reporting as this industry moves forward.”

 

First Environment is a full service environmental engineering firm established in 1977 and is an accredited Validation and/or Verification Body (VVB) for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as well as The Climate Registry, and the California Climate Action Registry. First Environment is also one of two verification bodies in the United States to receive accreditation from ANSI to validate and verify emission reduction projects under the Voluntary Carbon Standard and the only body to receive accreditation to verify projects listed with the Chicago Climate Exchange. 

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT COMPLETES CARBON NEUTRALITY GOALS

 

Boonton, NJ - December 3, 2009 First Environment - a Charter member of United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders - has raised the bar and achieved zero emissions in 2007 and 2008 – and has been recognized by the US EPA as one of the first firm in the United States to reach this goal. First Environment will be recognized at the Climate Leaders Partners Meeting on December 2, 2009 for this accomplishment. By recording all their emissions – including travel – and hitting their offset targets, First Environment is on track to continue this position through 2012.  

 

In a statement issued on December 2, Climate Leaders says, "First Environment's absolute emissions decreased by 100% from 2000 to 2008 as a result of their purchases of green power and offsets and have therefore met their Climate Leaders target to achieve net zero emissions by 2008. In addition, First Environment added business travel to their GHG inventory for both the 2007 and 2008 reporting years and offset those as well. First Environment has been carbon neutral since 2006, but 2008 represents net zero emissions using an approved Climate Leaders offset project."

 

“What First Environment has done can serve as a model for what other small businesses in the US can do to reduce or offset greenhouse gases (GHG). After all, 52% of the US workforce is small business and it is the fastest growing sector in creating new jobs,” says Tod Delaney, the president of First Environment. Even small businesses can achieve carbon neutrality and reduce global warming – without large capital investments. 

 

First Environment is a full service environmental engineering firm that specializes in preparing organizations for climate change. Email Bob Previdi at rwp@firstenvironment.com for more information.

 

 

 

CCX APPROVES FIRST ENVIRONMENT AS VERIFIER FOR COAL MINE METHANE AND OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCE DESTRUCTION PROJECTS

 

Boonton, NJ - August 18, 2009 On August 18, 2009, the Chicago Carbon Exchange (CCX) approved First Environment for a verification scope extension for Coal Mine Methane and Ozone Depleting Substance Destruction projects. This recent announcement adds to the already impressive list of CCX offset project types for which First Environment has been approved. 

 

First Environment has been approved to perform verification services for the following CCX offset project scopes:

  • Coal Mine Methane Capture and Destruction
  • Ozone Depleting Substance Destruction
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Landfill Methane Combustion and Destruction
  • Agricultural Methane and Combustion
  • Forestry

 

For more information email Bob Previdi at rwp@firstenvironment.com.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT - BEST VERIFICATION COMPANY IN NORTH AMERICAN MANDATORY MARKETS

 

Boonton, NJ - January 15, 2009 The Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance 9th Annual Market Survey - the oldest and best-established in environmental markets announced First Environment as the Best Verification Company in North American Mandatory Markets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. "Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance is the most closely watched survey of the leading participants in the carbon, US emissions, weather risk management, and renewable energy certificate markets," according to Valerie Jones of Environmental Finance Publications. Over 1,600 readers participated in this survey.

 

"We are honored to receive this award and thank Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance for the fine service they provide to the industry," says Tod Delaney, President of First Environment. "We have been in the industry from its inception and are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to assuring integrity and consistency in emission reporting."

 

First Environment is full service environmental engineering firm established in 1977 and is an accredited Validation and/or Verification Body (VVB) for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as well as The Climate Registry, and the California Climate Action Registry. First Environment is the one of two verification bodies in the United States to receive accreditation from ANSI to validate and verify emission reduction projects under the Voluntary Carbon Standard and the only body to receive accreditation to verify projects listed with the Chicago Climate Exchange.

 

 

 

 

BRINGING ORDER TO U.S. CARBON MARKETS

 

Boonton, NJ - January 8, 2009  With so much confusion regarding the validity of carbon credits here in the United States, First Environment recently completed a program to standardize the process for documenting and verifying greenhouse gas emissions. Working with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), First Environment has been accredited as a Validation and/or Verification Body (VVB). This program will facilitate the true reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the environment. 

 

ANSI coordinates development and use of voluntary consensus standards in the United States, and represents the needs and views of U.S. stakeholders around the globe. ANSI launched this pilot accreditation program in early 2008. Lane Hallenback, ANSI Vice President of Accreditation Services said, “This program marks a significant step forward in assuring integrity and consistency in emission reporting and reduction projects across industry sectors and geographical borders. The institute is pleased to join in strengthening consumer confidence and promoting best practices for the validation and verification of GHG emissions.”

 

As a result of ANSI’s accreditation, The Climate Registry and the California Climate Action Registry recognize First Environment as an accredited 3rd party verifier. In addition, First Environment is accredited for emission reduction projects under the Voluntary Carbon Standard and is the only verification body in the United States accredited for Chicago Climate Exchange. 

 

The benefit of this program is that buyers and sellers of carbon credits can be sure that firms verifying emission reductions possess the technical qualifications to perform such an audit. This will bring order to the marketplace of companies who are claiming to offer the technical expertise to document and reduce the six greenhouse gases that are the primary cause of climate change.

 

Tod Delaney, President of First Environment says, “We have been working in the industry for 30 years and are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to assuring the integrity and consistency in emission reporting. Standardizing this process and making sure it is transparent is critical to the success of any government regulatory scheme or marketplace driven solution that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”   

 

First Environment offers engineering design and implementation services to meet your company’s environmental and sustainability goals. Established in 1977 we are an international leader in emerging environmental standards and have built award-winning Environmental Management Systems for the Westchester County Airport as well. Email Bob Previdi at rwp@firstenvironment.com and for more information about ANSI go to www.ansi.org.

 

 

 

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY NY RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM DESIGNED BY FIRST ENVIRONMENT

 

Boonton, NJ - December 18, 2008 First Environment proudly announces that they helped to craft the first Environmental Management System (EMS) for wastewater treatment plants in the state of New York for the seven Westchester Wastewater Treatment Plants. Westchester County’s work on the EMS has met the prestigious ISO 14001 certification standards according to an independent 3rd Party verifier TUV SUD, America, Inc. 

 

These seven facilities operated by Westchester County have successfully met all the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001) requirements – that are very stringent in 17 specific areas including identification of all environmental impacts, setting targeted reduction goals, training, monitoring and emergency preparedness requirements. Independent 3rd Party verification is part of the 14001 certification process and ensures the integrity of the data and information reported.

 

ISO – or the International Organization for Standardization is a non-governmental organization, with representation in 157 nations and develops industry standards for both quality and environmental management. Working with public and private entities First Environment designs and assists in implementation of environmental, health and safety, and integrated management systems.  

 

Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano said, “This important recognition means we have in place the system to make sure that we do everything possible to continually improve plant management to protect the environment.”

 

Betsy Delaney, Vice President of First Environment said, “Westchester County is clearly setting the standard in New York for the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems. The Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant leadership and staff have shown dedication to getting the job done right and maintaining the goals as part of their daily work routines. Their demonstrated commitment to the environment is why they were so deserving of the 2008 U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award.” 

 

First Environment offers engineering design and implementation services to meet our clients’ environmental goals. Established in 1977 we are an international leader in emerging environmental standards and have built award-winning Environmental Management Systems for the Westchester County Airport as well. For more information email Bob Previdi at rwp@firstenvironment.com.

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA CLIMATE ACTION REGISTRY APPROVES FIRST ENVIRONMENT AS LANDFILL & LIVESTOCK PROJECT VERIFIER

 

Sacramento, CA - May 19, 2008 The California Climate Action Registry (California Registry) recently approved First Environment as a Landfill Project Verifier and Livestock Project Verifier. The Evaluation Committee has qualified First Environment to provide verification services under their reporting and verification protocols for landfill gas collection and combustion projects as well as livestock manure management methane capture and combustion projects registered with the Climate Action Reserve. The Climate Action Reserve is a new division of the California Climate Action Registry created to provide a high, accurate and measurable standard for the national voluntary carbon reduction market.

 

Verification is an integral part of climate change. “Verification supports the voluntary carbon market and has the potential to contribute greatly to the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere and to help curb climate change. Verification ensures environmental integrity, transparency, rigor and accuracy in this market. The Climate Action Reserve meets this need by setting a high measurable standard and by bringing more certainty about the carbon reduction projects for investors in this emerging market, project developers, the environmental community, and the public.” (http://www.climateregistry.org/offsets.html April 30, 2008)

 

Tod Delaney, President of First Environment said, “California is leading the environmental movement in the United States with their verifier requirements. We are proud of our strong history with the California Registry. We were the first firm to become an approved 3rd party GHG verifier and are pleased to provide verification services to their landfill and livestock projects.”

 

First Environment is a Strategic Environmental Management Consulting firm established in 1977 with headquarters in New Jersey and offices throughout the United States. We are a leader in emerging environmental standards. Our firm is carbon neutral. We participated in the development of the ISO 14040 series of standards for life cycle assessment and ISO 14064 series of standards for GHG inventories, projects and verification.  First Environment participates in two voluntary GHG reporting programs: as a Charter Partner of the US EPA's Climate Leaders program and as a Founding Reporter to The Climate Registry.  We are an approved verifier of emission reduction projects for the Chicago Climate Exchange.  Visit us as www.firstenvironment.com or email Barbara Thomson at btp@firstenvironment.com.  

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT JOINED FORCES ON WESTCHESTER’S GLOBAL WARMING ACTION PLAN

 

Boonton, NJ - May 1, 2008 First Environment announces Westchester County Executive Andy Spano unveiled the Westchester Global Warming Action Plan and is calling you to action. He invites you to take the challenge to sign up to do your part in reversing global warming. Upon the Action Plan’s unveiling, he proclaimed, “every resident, business, government and school in Westchester should strive to reduce its ‘carbon footprint’ by 20 percent by 2015. This is an important interim goal of an ambitious, but doable, countywide action plan to help combat global warming.”

 

http://climatechange.westchestergov.com/global-warming-action-plan

 

To make this happen, First Environment, an international leader in emerging environmental issues, worked with the Global Warming Task Force to put together the Action Plan for short-term and long-term steps for every sector: individuals, businesses, schools, and governments. The Plan acts as a guide for the entire county from individual households to multi-million dollar businesses to catalyze change and help achieve sensible goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

Recognizing the urgency and threat that global warming presents, Andy Spano, Westchester County Executive, convened the Global Warming Task Force in 2006. “Collectively… we can make a difference,” he said and brought together the formidable talent of public officials, subject experts, educators, and business leaders in the county. The 34-member Task Force identified countywide strategies for energy, transportation, land use, water resources, and waste and green purchasing. This has been a two and a half year collaborative effort that helps everyone understand the environmental impact of the choices they make every day; and when knowing the facts they can make choices that make Westchester a better place for our children and grandchildren.

 

Betsy Delaney, Vice President, First Environment worked with the Task Force to complete the final report and is very proud of the results. “This plan pulls together all sectors and provides answers for everybody who wants to do the right thing and remain prosperous in business,” said Betsy. “We focused on sensible and achievable tasks, such as using tap water instead of bottled water and businesses voluntarily joining and reporting their GHG levels to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) where they can make reductions and trade carbon credits. I believe that most people want to do the right thing but they don’t always know what it is. Furthermore, being green and prosperous are not incompatible.”

 

First Environment leads by example. It is a Founding Reporter of The Climate Registry and a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. First Environment was the first firm to be certified as a verifier for the California Climate Action Registry, the first consulting & engineering firm to become certified to ISO 14001, and as a member of the U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders, recently achieved its goal to become carbon neutral.

 

For more information, e-mail Bob Previdi at btp@firstenvironment.com.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT DESIGNS YONKERS US EPA AWARD WINNING ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

 

Boonton, NJ - April 24, 2008 First Environment proudly announces that EPA Region 2 has selected the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant to receive the Environmental Quality Award for its Environmental Management System (EnvMS). First Environment worked with the Westchester Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) and its Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant to design and implement the award winning EnvMS that supports the facility’s mission to protect the Hudson River and the communities of Westchester. 

 

Operated by Westchester County, they successfully met all the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001) requirements for their EnvMS. ISO is very stringent in 17 specific areas including identification of all environmental impacts, setting targeted reduction goals, training, monitoring and emergency preparedness. Working with public and private entities First Environment uses only the latest international standards to design and implement environmental management systems.  

 

Betsy Delaney of First Environment said, “Designing an environmental system is one thing – acting on it is another. The DEF and the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant leadership and staff have shown unfettered dedication to this certification by getting the job done right. All along they took each step very seriously and have demonstrated their commitment to the environment which is why they are so deserving of the 2008 U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award.” 

 

The Environmental Quality Award is the highest recognition presented by the U.S. EPA Region 2. To be selected, nominees must have significantly contributed to improving environmental quality and demonstrated results that are sustainable, reproducible and use established standards that can be verified.  For more information, e-mail Bob Previdi at btp@firstenvironment.com.

 

 

 

TOD DELANEY SELECTED AS ISO CONVENER FOR 14066

 

Boonton, NJ - February 25, 2008 Tod Delaney, President & CEO of First Environment is the 1st American in 12 years, and the 2nd American ever to be elected by the International Organization for Standardization (internationally known as ISO) as a Convener for the global working group that is meeting the new challenge of climate change - developing the new ISO 14066 standard for certifying green house gas verifiers and validators.

As the Convener, Tod’s job will be to lead the technical subcommittee in establishing a worldwide consensus by harmonizing the discussion of the qualifications and competency of validators and verifiers – thereby creating the ISO 14066 standard. They hope to complete this work in the next two to three years.

 

ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. It is a network of the national standards institutes from 157 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. It is non-governmental and forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.

 

Tod said, “I am honored to lead such a distinguished group of scientists from around the world to establish these standards for ISO 14066. These standards are critical to the future success of any system to reduce greenhouse gases.”

 

For more information please contact Barbara Thomson at 917-687-5298 or btp@firstenvironment.com

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT IS NAMED FOUNDING REPORTER OF THE CLIMATE REGISTRY

INDUSTRY LEADER TAKES ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Washington, DC - January 22, 2008 First Environment, a 30 year environmental firm with headquarters in Boonton, NJ has become a Founding Reporter of The Climate Registry by being among the first to join. The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization established to measure and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in a common, accurate and transparent manner consistent across industry sectors and borders. Thirty nine U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, three Native American tribes, two Mexican states and the District of Columbia are the founders of the organization.

 

“First Environment has demonstrated exemplary environmental leadership by courageously stepping forward to support The Climate Registry in its preliminary stages. We are deeply grateful for their integral support in helping to address the challenge of climate change,” said Gina McCarthy, Chair of The Climate Registry.

 

A forerunner in Climate Change, First Environment has demonstrated environmental stewardship on several fronts by voluntarily committing to measure, independently verify, and publicly report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on an annual basis utilizing The Climate Registry General Reporting Protocol. The protocol is based on the internationally recognized GHG measurement standards of the World Resources Institute and World Business Council on Sustainability.

 

“Our goal is to make documenting and managing CO2 and other environmental issues easy to understand and deal with, ” said Tod Delaney, President of First Environment.

 

Tod is the Chairman of the US Business Council for Sustainable Energy and recently participated in Bali at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The convention launched negotiations on a new climate deal to expand the Kyoto Protocol, which runs out in 2012.

 

Entities that join before May, 2008 are eligible to receive Founding Reporter status.

 

About The Climate Registry

Incorporated March 2007 in Washington, DC, The Climate Registry provides accurate and transparent measurement of GHG emissions and ensures consistency of measurement metrics across industry sectors and borders. The Climate Registry accounting infrastructure supports both voluntary and regulatory programs. For more information please visit, www.theclimateregistry.org.

 

About First Environment

First Environment, headquartered in Boonton, NJ has been a worldwide leader in climate change for 30 years. They are a charter member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders and the first member to reach carbon neutrality. First Environment was the 1st firm to be a certified (GHG) Greenhouse Gas verifier by the California Climate Action Registry. The California Registry also chose First Environment to provide “Batch Certification” for small organizations who are eager to participate but have limited resources. They are ISO 14001 Certified and are also an approved verifier of emission reductions for the Chicago Climate Exchange.

 

For more information please contact Barbara Thomson at 917-687-5298 or btp@firstenvironment.com

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT - AHEAD OF THE CLIMATE CURVE

 

Boonton, NJ - December 3, 2007 Tod Delaney, President of First Environment, and Chairman of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Energy (USBCSE) is on his way to Bali for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The goal of the convention is to launch negotiations on a new climate deal to expand the Kyoto Protocol, which runs out in 2012.

 

As a non-government official, Tod will participate in developing world-wide policy. "Our goal is to support and nurture our clients so that documenting and managing CO2 and other environmental issues is easy for everybody to understand and manage," said Tod Delaney.

 

Tod will be meeting with high-ranking government officials from around the world. "Since climate change is a global issue, tackling climate change and its impacts can only be successfully coordinated at the international level. The UNFCCC presents the appropriate forum to do this," said Yvo de Boer, United Nations Climate Change Executive Secretary.

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First Environment is a worldwide leader in climate change and leads by example. First Environment was the first firm to be a certified Greenhouse Gas (GHG) certifier by the California Climate Action Registry. The Registry is a non-profit public/private partnership that helps companies throughout the United States to measure, monitor and report their GHG emissions. The Registry also chose First Environment to provide "Batch Certification" for small organizations who are eager to participate but have limited resources. 

 

First Environment has earned an international reputation as a leader in emerging environmental issues. They are ISO 14001 Certified and are also an approved verifier of emission reductions for the Chicago Climate Exchange. 

 

For more information please contact Barbara Thomson at 917-687-5298 or btp@firstenvironment.com


 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT MEETS CARBON NEUTRALITY GOALS 2 YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 

Boonton, NJ - December 3, 2007 First Environment, a leader in climate change, and a Charter member of United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders, initially committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2008 and has already met its goal – two years ahead of schedule.

 

With the completion of the purchase of 400 tons of emissions reduction credits to offset all of its 2006 emissions, the firm has brought net emissions for the 2006 calendar year to zero. This is a position the firm intends to maintain through 2012, consistent with its Climate Leaders Commitment.

 

“What First Environment has done can serve as a model for what other small businesses in the US can do to reduce or offset greenhouse gases (GHG). After all, 52% of the US workforce is small business and it is the fastest growing sector in creating new jobs” says Tod Delaney, the president of First Environment. Even small business can achieve carbon neutrality and reduce global warming – without large capital investments. 

 

In achieving carbon neutrality, the firm relied on the draft guidance issued by the EPA. The key requirements include:

  • Develop a GHG inventory and management plan that includes employee business travel.
  • Implement GHG reduction measures.
  • Purchase alternative energy.
  • Purchase GHG offsets for remaining emissions.

At its headquarters in Boonton, NJ, the firm has taken simple, common sense measures to reduce energy needs and associated GHG emission. The firm installed skylights and large windows to increase natural lighting, upgraded insulation using a recycled material, developed a system for tracking thermostat settings to optimize temperature control and reduce energy consumption and installed carpet with recycled content. 

 

In March 2006, First Environment switched generation for electricity purchases to renewable sources at its corporate headquarters. Community Energy supplies electricity generated 50% from wind, 49% from low-impact hydro, and 1% solar through Central Jersey Light & Power to First Environment’s Boonton offices. This change reduced GHG emissions from purchased electricity to zero at its largest office.

 

Finally, the firm purchased offsets tons for its remaining emission from a landfill gas to energy project in Lancaster, PA. The project owned by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority went on line in December of 2005. The credits were verified by an independent third party registrar and registered with the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). 

 

Documentation of the purchase and business travel has been submitted to the EPA contractor that performs verification services to First Environment. The firm looks forward to EPA recognizing the position of the firm as the first Climate Leader to achieve carbon neutrality. 

 

For more information please contact Barbara Thomson at 917-687-5298 or btp@firstenvironment.com
 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT COMPLETES KODAK’S WORLDWIDE GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY FOR 2005

 

Boonton, NJ - October 1, 2007 First Environment, a worldwide leader in environmental management and sustainability, announced today that it has successfully completed the third-party certification process of Eastman Kodak Company’s 2005 global greenhouse gas emissions.    

 

Kodak reports their emissions inventory to the California Climate Action Registry, a non-profit public/private partnership that helps companies and organizations throughout the United States to measure, monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions publicly reported to the Registry are required to be certified by independent third-parties like First Environment to ensure accuracy. "First Environment is well-qualified to certify greenhouse gas emissions from multi-national organizations," said Robyn Camp, Program Director of the California Climate Action Registry.

 

Kodak has been using First Environment’s greenhouse gas reporting services since 2002 to verify their worldwide emissions that are voluntarily reported.  “First Environment’s experience and understanding of California and global standards allowed Kodak to receive third-party verification of our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide,” said Scott Summers, Kodak’s director of Health, Safety and Environment, Worldwide Manufacturing and Logistics.  

Kodak’s worldwide operations, with manufacturing plants in North America, Europe, Asia and South America, committed to improve energy efficiency by 20% as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% over five years.  

 

“Kodak has a longstanding commitment to environmental improvement,” Summers said.  “It is fundamental to Kodak’s values of continuous improvement.  Climate change is no different – we must continually look for ways to more efficiently design and operate our facilities.  Publicly reporting through the California Climate Action Registry, with First Environment’s capable assistance, represents another step in holding ourselves accountable for further progress.”

 

 “Our goal is to make documenting and managing CO2 and other environmental issues easy to understand and deal with, ” said Tod Delaney, President of First Environment.  First Environment has earned international recognition as a leader in emerging environmental issues.  They are ISO 14001 certified, and are also an approved verifier of emission reductions for the Chicago Climate Exchange.  

 

For more information please contact Barbara Thomson at 917-687-5298 or btp@firstenvironment.com

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS PARTICIPATE IN GREENBUILD 2006

 

Boonton, NJ - November 14, 2006   First Environment’s Peter Clarke and Catherine Bobenhausen participated in a lively panel discussion at Greenbuild 2006 on climate change and green building practice in New York. Invited panelists were Craig Kneeland, Senior Project Manager from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Laurie Kerr, formerly Chief of Research for the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Office of Sustainable Design. 

 

In keeping with the conference theme of taking green building practice to new heights of awareness, the session explored the implications of local and state initiatives for buildings relative to the goals and targets of a landmark regional energy “cap and trade” program, by looking at the quantitative impacts of New York State/New York City green building programs on greenhouse gas emissions.  Also discussed was the potential for allowing carbon trading from building-related energy efficiency improvements.

 

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is a cooperative effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas that causes global warming. The program will use a “cap-and-trade” system targeted at the supply side of energy…the power sector.

 

New York State is a participant in RGGI, and has numerous demand-side initiatives such as the New York State Green Buildings Tax Credit, NYSERDA technical and financial incentives, NYS Executive Order 111 and NYC Local Law 86, which will require all City-funded buildings to develop GHG emissions reductions profiles. 

 

For more information please contact Catherine Bobenhausen at 973-334-0003.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT WINS GOVERNMENT CONTRACT TO REMOVE CONTAMINATED SOIL AND TANKS IN SWEDESBORO, NJ

 

Boonton, NJ July 5, 2006 First Environment, Inc., is scheduled to begin work July 7, 2006 on a project to remove underground and above ground storage tanks, as well as lead-impacted soil, at the former NIKE missile base in Swedesboro, NJ. 

 

The project is the first government contract awarded to First Environment by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Services Schedule. GSA is the fifth largest procurement organization of the federal government. 

 

Tod Delaney, president of First Environment said, “First Environment is proud to have met the rigorous standards of the GSA. Our long track record of complex environmental remediation and management makes us the right firm to conduct the remediation activities at the NIKE base.” 

 

In selecting First Environment, the GSA/Public Buildings Service cited First Environment’s 20+ years of work with underground storage tanks, the company’s excellent references, and its status as a service-disabled veteran owned small business. First Environment will receive $94,594 for the work. 

 

The former missile base is located on approximately 30 acres on Paulsboro-Swedesboro Road and Route 322. Built during the Cold War, it was one of many military sites designed to protect the East Coast. The base was closed in 1972. 

 

For more information please contact Tom Bambrick, Senior Associate, at 973-334-0003.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT HOSTS SUNSET CRUISE AT ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FORUM IN AVALON, NEW JERSEY 

 

Boonton, NJ June 20, 2006 The 2006 Environmental Law Forum for attorneys involved in environmental issues will be held June 23-25, at the Golden Inn Hotel and Resort – Oceanfront in Avalon.

 

Highlights of the Forum include a sunset dinner cruise on Friday night, sponsored by First Environment, Inc., a global strategic environmental management consulting firm based in New Jersey. Tod Delaney, president of First Environment, said, “The cruise is a wonderful evening on the intercoastal when attorneys and other environmental professionals can spend quality time with their families and network with each other.” 

 

The Forum’s keynote speaker will be William Wehrum, EPA acting assistant administrator. He will discuss climate change, NSR and other Title V developments. Registrants also may attend seminars on varied topics such as the Brownfield Act and land use laws, ethics and conflict resolution between clients, and much more. 

 

The Environmental Law Forum is jointly sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Law Section and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Environmental Law Committee in cooperation with The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). ICLE provides credits for the professional development programs offered during the weekend. 

 

For further information on the Forum, call the ICLE at 732.249.5100 or visit the NJ-ICLE website for program and registration information.

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT COMPLETES VERIFICATION OF EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY CORPORATE GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY REPORTS

 

Boonton, NJ – April 17, 2006  First Environment has announced the completion of its verification of Eastman Kodak Company’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) reports to the California Climate Action Registry. 

 

Dr. Derek Guest, Kodak’s Director of Health, Safety and Environment Science and Technology, said, “The completion of verification of Kodak’s Registry report represents an environmental achievement for our company. We appreciate the verification services that First Environment provided to allow us to reach this milestone.”

 

First Environment assessed Kodak’s reports of GHG emissions that were produced at the company’s five manufacturing facilities as well as the corporation’s non-manufacturing and photo-processing operations. The reports covered the years of 2002, 2003, and 2004. First Environment also conducted a separate assessment which looked at emissions produced at Kodak facilities outside the U.S. in countries including Mexico, France and China. 

 

Robyn Camp, Program Director for the Registry commented, "This is certainly a complex and ambitious inventory and the Registry recognizes that First Environment did a thorough job in reviewing and assessing Kodak's GHG emissions reports."

 

 First Environment was the first company approved by the California Energy Commission to verify GHG reports for Registry participants. First Environment is also an approved verifier for emission reductions projects to the Chicago Climate Exchange. The firm has provided GHG verification services to several multi-national companies representing the manufacturing, metals, wood products, and waste management sectors.

 

About Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

 

For more information please contact Jay Wintergreen at 973-334-0003.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT PRESIDENT TO PRESENT ON INTERNATIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS STANDARDS

 

Boonton, NJ March 2, 2006 Tod Delaney, Ph.D., president of First Environment, Inc., a New Jersey based environmental and engineering consulting firm, is a scheduled speaker at two upcoming events addressing the issue of corporate greenhouse gas management and the environmental concern of global climate change. 

 

Delaney will first present at the Air & Waste Management Association’s (AWMA) conference “Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Inventories & Clean Energy Linkages,” March 7-9, in San Francisco. In early April, he also is a speaker at Globe 2006, an international environmental conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he will present in a session titled “GHG Management: Netting Profit from Sources and Sinks.”

 

The focus of his presentations is ISO 14064, an international standard for greenhouse gas (GHG) management. Delaney served as coordinator of an international expert team that was involved in establishing the ISO 14064 standard.  Delaney is a recognized expert in GHG management and has been involved in international environmental standards development for more than a decade. First Environment supports corporations with GHG management consulting services. 

 

In March 2006, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the new standard to provide best practices for quantifying and reporting GHG emissions in a consistent manner. “For companies that want to take action on climate change, the ISO standard offers an international consensus on the technical approach to GHG quantification and reporting,” explains Delaney. “Using this technical approach, companies, especially multinational organizations, can advance GHG management programs without confusion from political disagreements associated with the issue.”

 

In November 2005, Delaney presented at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Montreal, Canada. With nearly 10,000 participants, the conference was the largest intergovernmental climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. 

 

Delaney is chairman of the board for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a Washington, DC, based organization that promotes clean energy technologies as solutions to certain environmental challenges.  He is a chemical and environmental health engineer with more than 30 years of industry experience and a Certified Principal Environmental Auditor accredited by England’s Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Over the course of his career, he has worked for and consulted to hundreds of clients in the energy, chemical, manufacturing and services sectors as well as numerous public entities.


For more information please contact Jay Wintergreen at 973-334-0003.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT VERIFIES RECYCLED CONTENT OF MANNINGTON MILLS FLOORING PRODUCT

 

Boonton, NJ February 9, 2006 First Environment, Inc. (First Environment) has completed an environmental verification of a new line of flooring for Mannington Mills, a residential & commercial flooring company known for its environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes. 

 

First Environment assessed Mannington’s processes and operations related to this product for over four months, before verifying its Commercial Relay Homogeneous Sheet Flooring line as having a nominal 40 percent pre-consumer recycled content for 16 stock keeping units (SKU). 

 

According to First Environment President Tod Delaney, “Achieving third party verification of this product line will help Mannington differentiate itself from its competitors. The recycled content verification is another way that Mannington is able to meet the needs of its customers by providing confidence in their environmental purchasing decisions.”

 

Relay is manufactured in Mannington’s Salem, New Jersey, facility, using pre-consumer (also called post industrial) carpet trim waste from carpet produced in its Georgia facility. 

 

First Environment’s rigorous verification process included an examination of Mannington’s product recipe formulations, quality control procedures, and quality control testing data, as well as a site visit to observe the manufacturing process first-hand.

 

An industry leader in providing third party auditing, certification and verification services for manufacturing firms in the U.S. and abroad, First Environment’s environmental scientists and engineers have developed a proprietary system for verifying environmental attribute claims. The system is consistent with the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims and ISO 14024: Environmental Labeling Type I - Guiding Principles and Procedures.

 

In addition to verifying recycled content, First Environment verifies product and manufacturing claims related to the use of formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, ozone depleting chemicals, and the use of the “environmentally preferable” label.

 

For more information please contact Lauren Sandler at 973-334-0003.

 

 

BCSE DELEGATION TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL

 

Washington, DC November 23, 2005 A delegation of senior domestic and international energy leaders from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) will attend The Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11), the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), November 28 through December 9, 2005, in Montreal, Canada.

 

The conference is expected to be the largest intergovernmental climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997, with a projected attendance of up to 10,000 participants. In addition to being the eleventh annual meeting of the UNFCCC, the 2005 conference marks the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and the first ever Meeting of the Parties (signatories) to the Protocol (MOP-1). 

 

The BCSE and its sister organizations, the United Kingdom, European and Australian BCSEs, comprise one of the three organizations that intend to offer formal testimony to the Parties of the signed agreement, if selected. In addition they are sponsoring several private industry events including Business Perspectives on the Clean Development Mechanism (Thursday, December 1) and Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector (Tuesday, December 6). The BCSE organizations also are hosting the North American Clean Energy Reception.

 

“Climate change is one of the most important issues of the 21st century,” said Tod Delaney, BCSE chair and president of First Environment, Inc. “The BCSE is committed to worldwide discussion and decision-making about this critical topic. Through the COP, businesses, governments, environmentalists and academia from throughout the world are able to learn and share information important to identifying solutions to critical environmental problems.”

 

The BCSE has been involved in global climate change negotiations since it was created immediately following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

 

For more information contact Jay Wintergreen, jtw@firstenvironment.com.

 

About BCSE

The BCSE is an organization dedicated to implementing market-based approaches to reducing pollution and providing a diverse, secure mix of energy resources. Through its extensive national and international contacts, the Council works on issues pertaining to climate change, international financing, clean energy tax equity and global market development. BCSE’s membership includes companies on the cutting edge of efficient, economic and environmentally sound fuels and technologies, such as natural gas, wind, solar and geothermal power, combined heat and power, insulation and fuel cells.

 

About the COP

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual meeting of government representatives of countries who participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Formed in 1994, the UNFCCC sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. It recognizes that the climate system is a shared resource whose stability can be affected by industrial and other emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. 

 

In addition to government representatives, COPs are attended by diverse stakeholders in the process as observers. These stakeholders include business, environmental advocacy groups, and academia.  Participants in the COP:

  • gather and share information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices
  • launch national strategies for addressing greenhouse emissions and adapting to expected impacts, including the provision of financial and technological support to developing countries
  • cooperate in preparing for adaptation to the impacts of climate change

For more information please contact Jay Wintergreen, jtw@firstenvironment.com

 

Information about the events can be obtained at the UNFCCC website.

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT PRESIDENT TO PRESENT AT INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL

 

Boonton, NJ November 16, 2005 Tod Delaney, Ph.D., president of First Environment, Inc., will present at several side events being held at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11), the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

 

Delaney is a recognized expert in greenhouse gas management and has been involved in international environmental policy development for nearly two decades.  Greenhouse gas has been determined to be one of the major contributors to global warming and climate change. First Environment is a recognized specialist in emissions verification. 

 

In his role as chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Delaney will be the moderator at an event on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) reform. The Clean Development Mechanism is one the “flexible mechanisms” or policy tools included in the Kyoto Protocol that encourages developing countries to lower their greenhouse gas emissions through reduction projects. 

 

During the COP, Delaney also will join an expert panel that will discuss the new voluntary international standard series ISO 14064 for greenhouse gas accounting and verification. 

 

“Climate change is one of the most important issues of the 21st century,” said Delaney. “I’m pleased that the First Environment team and I will be able to make a contribution to the worldwide discussion and decision-making about this critical topic.”

 

Delaney and other senior executives from First Environment also will participate in a number of other special events sponsored by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and the Environmental Markets Association (EMA). First Environment recently joined IETA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of effective systems for the trading of greenhouse gas emissions by businesses. First Environment will be an exhibitor at IETA’s Carbon Market Days at the COP, Dec. 3-5. 

 

Delaney’s involvement in environmental policy and climate change includes helping to develop the standards for environmental reporting, the creation of standards for verifying greenhouse gas emissions, promoting renewable energy and sustainable practices that foster the “triple bottom line” for companies. The triple bottom line refers to a way of measuring corporate success by assessing financial, environmental and social performance. His recent efforts to promote clean development and emissions management include two speaking engagements. In August, he spoke at a conference on renewable energy, and in November, he gave a presentation in Brazil to industrial members of the Brazilian Standards Organization on the ISO 14064 Climate Change standards.

 

The COP 11, to be held in Montreal, Canada from November 28 to December 9, 2005, is expected to draw more than 10,000 participants, the largest number since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. The Kyoto Protocol went into effect this year, and the Montreal sessions also include the first Meeting of the Parties (MOP 1) involving the signatories to the treaty.

 

For more information please contact Jay Wintergreen, jtw@firstenvironment.com

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT APPROVED AS POWER/UTILITY GHG CERTIFIER

 

Boonton, NJ August 29, 2005 First Environment, Inc. has been approved to act as a power generation/electric utility certifier for the California Climate Action Registry. First Environment is one of the first firms to receive the Registry’s power/utility certifier designation.

 

As an approved power/utility certifier, First Environment will work with Registry members in the electric power generation, transmission and delivery sectors that are seeking independent, third-party verification of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. Registry members voluntarily measure and report their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the main contributors to global warming and climate change.

 

The power/utility protocols, which were under development for more than a year, were approved by the Registry’s board of directors in April ’05. Developed by representatives from government, industry, environmental organizations and the Registry, the new protocols will impact approximately one-quarter of the Registry’s membership.

 

The Registry was created by California legislature in 2000 to help companies and organizations throughout the country track, publicly report and reduce their GHG emissions. Although GHG reporting currently is voluntary, the Registry’s objective, uniform standards of measuring GHG emissions could be used to verify baseline emissions should GHG reductions be mandated in the future.

 

Independent organizations, including First Environment, are approved by the Registry to certify participants’ compliance with Registry protocols and standardization across industry sectors. 

“First Environment’s broad GHG verification expertise and experience make us highly qualified to serve the Registry’s power/utility members,” said Tod Delaney, president, First Environment. “We look forward to our expanded role with respect to the Registry and are honored to be approved as a power/utility certifier.”

 

Involvement in international greenhouse gas standards development, endorsement of the CERES principles, and designation as the first environmental consulting firm in the Western Hemisphere to obtain ISO 14001 certification for its own EMS, has earned First Environment international recognition as an authority on emerging environmental issues.

First Environment has been approved to provide technical assistance and general certification for Registry members since 2002.

 

The California Climate Action Registry is a non-profit public/private partnership that serves as a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) registry to protect, encourage, and promote early actions to reduce GHG emissions. Over 50 major companies, cities, government agencies and NGOs measure and publicly report their GHG emissions through the Registry. www.climateregistry.org.

 

For more information please contact Jay Wintergreen, jtw@firstenvironment.com

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT EMS WORK NETS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR FOR AIRPORT CLIENT

 

Boonton, NJ August 9, 2005 First Environment’s work on an environmental management system (EMS) for Westchester County Airport, Westchester, New York, has received a 2005 Environmental Achievement Award from the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). 

 

ACI-NA recognized Westchester County Airport (HPN) with an Honorable Mention for design and implementation of its ISO 14001 Airport-Wide Environmental Management System (AEMS). At the time the project was completed in late 2004, the Westchester County Airport was only the third airport in the United States to meet the internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.

 

“First Environment congratulates Westchester County Executive Andrew J. Spano and Westchester County Airport for receiving this honor and for its commitment to upholding ISO 14001 standards. All of us at First Environment are proud to have been a part of this important project,” said Betsy Delaney, vice president, First Environment.   

 

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard is an internationally recognized and prestigious standard developed under the auspices of the International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland. Acknowledged by government organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as corporate and environmental organizations worldwide, the ISO 14001 standard is an effective method to improve an organization’s environmental performance.

 

Westchester County Airport and other award winners will be recognized at ACI-NA’s 14th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Toronto, in September. 

 

Download the press release from Airports Council International-North America. 

Go to Airports Council International-North America’s website

Read Westchester County Airport’s Environmental Policy

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT AWARDED GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VEHICLE

 

Boonton, NJ – May 31, 2005

 

First Environment, Inc., announced that they have been awarded multiple Federal Supply Schedule Contracts for environmental services from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). First Environment, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, was awarded the following special item numbers (SINs): 899-1, Environmental Planning and Documentation Services; 899-2, Environmental Compliance Services; 899-3, Environmental Occupational Training Services; and 899-8, Remediation Services. 

 

For more information on First Environment’s contract schedule, please click here.

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT AUTHORIZED AS VERIFIER FOR CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE

 

Boonton, NJ – January 19, 2005 First Environment, Inc, a strategic environmental consulting firm, has been approved by the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) as a provider of verification services to CCX members. CCX, an international program for reducing and trading GHG emissions, is a self-regulatory, rules-based exchange. Members, from a variety of industrial sectors, legally pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

 

First Environment’s strong expertise in GHG verification is maintained by diverse verification and certification experience and deep involvement in international GHG policy. Members of the firm are engaged in the development of ISO 14064, an international standard for the measurement, reporting and verification of GHG inventories and projects, as well as the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The firm is also recognized as a state approved provider to California Climate Action Registry participants, and is a charter member of the US EPA’s Climate Leaders Program.

 

“First Environment is pleased to join in Chicago Climate Exchange’s efforts to provide powerful incentives for organizations to join this important program,” says B. Tod Delaney, Ph.D., P.E., President of First Environment. “We look forward to providing verification services to innovative organizations who are wisely protecting themselves and the future.”

 

Dr. Richard L. Sandor, Chairman and CEO of CCX, said, “We congratulate First Environment on its vision and leadership in taking part in CCX. First Environment’s technical expertise and credibility will significantly further the efforts to solidify the environmental integrity of CCX.”

 

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT ISSUES FIRST SUSTAINABILITY REPORT:

The firm leads the way in the reporting of environmental impacts of service-based organizations

 

Boonton, N.J., January 2004 First Environment, Inc., a strategic environmental management consulting firm, is pleased to announce the release of its first CERES Sustainability Report, which addresses environmental and social policies, systems and performance. The report was published in support of the firm's endorsement of the CERES principles, a commitment that the firm made in October 2001.

 

"First Environment's endorsement of the CERES Principles signifies that the firm is committed to learning by doing and leading by example", said Tod Delaney, First Environment's president. "The firm is proud to share its report with interested stakeholders and other service organizations that hope to take a similarly proactive position towards environmental management issues." 

CERES is a coalition of leading U.S. environmental, investor, and advocacy groups working together for a sustainable future. The CERES Principles are a ten-point code of environmental conduct that encourages companies to commit to continual improvement in their environmental performance. The CERES Principles, endorsed by more than 70 companies including American Airlines, Coca-Cola USA, General Motors, Interface Corporation, and Ben & Jerry's Homemade, represent a voluntary commitment to continual environmental improvement that extends beyond the actions required by government regulations.

 

As an office-based service organization, First Environment's report addresses small business issues and the environmental impacts associated with a typical service organization. The firm's report highlights First Environment's integrated management system, which is used to address environmental, social and other sustainability issues.  The report also describes First Environment's Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which is an internal effort to identify, measure and establish a baseline of greenhouse gas emissions associated with First Environment activities.  The report contains summaries of First Environment's greenhouse gas emissions inventory information for energy use, business travel and office supply consumption.

 

"While Wall Street tends to undervalue 'off-balance sheet' issues like firms' environmental management, CERES has always believed that what gets measured gets managed.  With this report, First Environment is leading the way in incorporating environmental indicators like water and energy use into the overall costs and impact of doing business," said Mindy S. Lubber, executive director of CERES.

 

The report was written, edited, and produced entirely by First Environments staff and printed on 20% post-consumer recycled material.  The compilation of information contained in the firm's first CERES report represents a major milestone in the firm's stakeholder relationship program.  See First Environment's 2002 CERES Report here.

 

 

TOD DELANEY BECOMES CHAIRMAN OF BCSE

 

Boonton, NJ - January 2004 First Environment president B. Tod Delaney, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, has become Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). BCSE is a member organization that focuses on the promotion of clean energy technologies as solutions to certain environmental challenges. The council works on climate change, market access, international financing, clean energy tax equity, and research and development issues.

 

BCSE, created in 1992 by leading companies in the energy efficiency, natural gas, renewable energy, independent power and electric utility industries, represents the first broad energy industry coalition committed to a sustainable energy future. 

 

For more information about BCSE, please visit www.bcse.org

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT LISTED BY NYSDEC AS QUALIFIED REMEDIATION CONSULTANT

 

Boonton NJ - April 2003 First Environment is pleased to be recognized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) as a qualified remediation consultant. As such, the firm has officially been added to the new 2003 Qualified Remediation Consultant List (QRCL).

 

Firms listed on the QRCL are considered technically qualified to perform remedial investigation and design engineering services to interested parties for the remediation of hazardous waste, chemicals and petroleum from contaminated sites. Additionally, First Environment was one of a few firms who's qualifications package scored highly enough to be invited to submit a proposal for providing investigation and design engineering services under a future request for proposal to be issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

First Environment's site investigation and remediation expertise is built upon years of experience and hundreds of projects ranging from simple preliminary assessments to complex groundwater remedial actions. As a result, we have developed the practical and working knowledge necessary to help clients navigate successfully through any type of complex environmental program. First Environment possesses competencies in all areas of site investigation and remediation and welcomes the opportunity to provide our services to both public and private organizations.

 

 

ANOTHER "FIRST" FOR FIRST ENVIRONMENT:

First Environment Becomes the First Provider of Greenhouse Gas Certification Services for the California Climate Action Registry
 

December 2002 First Environment is pleased to be recognized by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as the first official provider of certification services to participants of the California Climate Action Registry (Registry), which is the first voluntary state-based greenhouse gas (GHG) registry in the United States. First Environment welcomes the opportunity to help ensure quality and credibility as an independent third-party verifier of participant emissions reports. The firm has also been selected as a provider of technical assistance to the Registry participants. First Environment looks forward to providing guidance to Registry participants with regard to the design and implementation of GHG management systems. To ensure ethical and unbiased service, First Environment will not act as both a certifier and technical assistant to the same Registry participant.

 

Established by a state statute, the Registry supports organizations working to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions through the establishment of an emissions baseline. When state, federal or international GHG regulatory regimes are implemented in the future, the State of California will attempt to ensure that Registry participants receive beneficial consideration for early emission reduction actions. Key components of the voluntary initiative are the Registry's detailed Reporting and Certification protocols, which are recognized as best practice guidance on the topics. The Registry is also unique in its requirement for third party verification of the participant submitted GHG emissions data.

 

With significant air consulting knowledge, competence in environmental data analysis, and substantial management system development and auditing experience, First Environment provides clients with emissions verification services that are supported by extensive and established expertise. The firm has already assisted international companies with both corporate inventory verification and GHG project planning and evaluation. This latest recognition demonstrates the firm's continued commitment to leadership in environmental management, which includes the distinction of being the first environmental consulting firm in the United States to be registered to the ISO 14001 international environmental management system standard in 1997.
 

For more information on First Environment's GHG Management Support and Verification services, contact Jay Wintergreen jtw@firstenvironment.com.

For more information on the Registry, visit the California Climate Action Registry website.

 

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENT PARTICIPATES IN TC 207 MEETING IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Work Begins On New Climate Change Standard
 

June 2002 First Environment's president, Dr. Tod Delaney attended the 10th Plenary Meeting of ISO Technical Committee 207 (TC 207) in Johannesburg, South Africa hosted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). TC 207 is the environmental management committee appointed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is responsible for developing the ISO 14000 series of standards and guidance documents.

 

Dr. Delaney attended the meeting as a delegate of the United States Technical Advisory Group (US TAG). While at the meeting, he gave a presentation entitled, "Clear Skies or Troubled Waters? - The Emergence of US Domestic Policy on Climate Change". This talk, given during a Climate Change Workshop, informed technical committee members on trends, changes and insights with regard to U.S. national climate change policy. Dr. Delaney also represented the U.S. position on a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) to develop ``Guidelines for Measuring, Reporting and Verifying Entity and Project Level Greenhouse Gas Emissions".

 

The NWIP is an effort to respond to and harmonize the proliferation and divergence of climate change mitigation and GHG management initiatives occurring domestically and abroad. The NWIP is supported by an overall willingness of governments and business to take action on climate change. As such, the international delegations to ISO TC 207 voted to accept the NWIP and begin work on a new standard, presently known as the New Work Item on Climate Change (NWI-CC).  Initial work on the NWI-CC occurred during the TC 207 10th Plenary Meeting in South Africa.

 

There are several positive aspects that could result from the creation of an international climate change standard. Potential benefits include consistency and transparency in reporting; improved risk management for identifying and managing GHG related liabilities and assets; creation of comparable GHG units; support of trade of GHG units; and facilitated participation in voluntary GHG initiatives. Groups such as the validation and verification community, organizations engaged in GHG emissions reporting, and the accreditation community hope to reap the benefits of this new standard.

 

Dr. Delaney is a Co-Chair of the US TAG Climate Change Task Force. He is also the American National Standards Institute's representative to the Ad Hoc Group on Climate Change of the ISO's Technical Management Board and the Chairman of ANSI's Virtual Technical Advisory Group on climate change.  Through these positions, he participates in the development of protocols on how the ISO 14000 standards can be used to support global climate change initiatives.

 

Dr. Delaney presented an overview of climate change issues and progress resulting from this meeting on June 26, 2002 at the Conference Board 2002 Business and Sustainability Conference in New York, NY.

 

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