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Happiness as a Strategy for a Better Workplace (1 Comment)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry If we work harder, we become more successful, and then we’ll be happier…. Right? Not so, says Shawn Anchor in a fantastic TED talk I watched the other day (you should watch it too.)  He argues the formula should be flipped around:  First, you must raise positivity and feel good about…

The Value of Designing to the Budget

Because construction projects can be risky it is difficult to determine the cost upfront, which means that cost estimates frequently exceed budgets.  Changing construction plans to fit within budget can have consequences, but the need for the new or renovated building may be such that the owner understands the risk of cutting corners in the…

How Climate Change Poses Risks for Banks and Insurers

In 2010 the Securities and Exchange Commission passed a rule requiring publicly traded companies to report their corporate risks from climate change. CERES, a non-profit organization that tracks this disclosure prepared a report cited in a 2014 Wall Street Journal article that concluded that climate-related disclosures by S&P 500 companies are terse, provide little discussion…

March 2015 Events

Start            End              Conference                              Location 1 5 ICBA National Convention Orlando, FL 2 4 CLRM Roundtable Phoenix, AZ 3 3 CREJ: Multifamily Owners and Managers Conference and Expo Englewood, CO 3…

Quick Recap Of First EBA Meeting of 2015

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association (EBA) concluded its first meeting of the year in South Carolina last week (Jan 11-14).  While Charleston was a beautiful venue, it was bitter sweet as we all said good-bye to Jeff and Tacy Telego.  Jeff and Tacy founded the EBA and served as co-executive directors for…

John Hancock Centre – Structural Engineering Creating Value

I recently wrote a blog about the value of architecture, in which I concluded that a building’s cultural symbolism or history, and the way its design is perceived by the public and the industry affects the return it delivers to investors.  Having spent many years living in Chicago, I decided to look at how this…

PCBs – A Question of Due Diligence

The use of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was widespread before 1977, and the health risks associated with PCBs are well known. PCBs have been widely studied, analyzed, regulated, and managed since the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976. Over the nearly four decades since 1977, PCBs have been found in a wide variety…

New Jersey’s Right to Know-What You Need to Know!

The New Jersey Department of Health recently announced a new online system for submitting your annual Right to Know Survey. Partner’s on-staff expert, Brian Maitland, CSP, CET, CPSI, looks at how to best navigate this new system.