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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.

California Case Upholds Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense

Entry by JoeDerhake A number of recent court cases have highlighted certain ambiguities that exist around how and when the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) defense applies.  The BFPP defense provides protection for liability under CERCLA to eligible property buyers who have knowledge of existing contamination if they take “appropriate care” to address the contamination. In this…

Ten Takeaways from EBA June 2014 (2 Comments)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association’s June meeting in Seattle just wrapped up last week.  EBA continued its 20th anniversary celebration with great content as always and lively discussion on how our industry and EBA are changing and moving forward.   Here are 10 takeaway points:   1)      Vapor Intrusion Regulatory Drivers:  Richard…

Ten Takeaways from EBA June 2014 (1 Comment)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association’s June meeting in Seattle just wrapped up last week.  EBA continued its 20th anniversary celebration with great content as always and lively discussion on how our industry and EBA are changing and moving forward.   Here are 10 takeaway points:   1)      Vapor Intrusion Regulatory Drivers:  Richard…