GETTING GREENER AND GREENER.
For a Cleaner Orlando.
This week, we did some digging to discover how DOP members are greening up around town. In fact, there are too many green projects in Orlando to fit into one issue! From buildings to awards and solar panels to carbon-neutral, DOP members definitely have their green foot in the game. Stay tuned for more on this topic.
AdventHealth installed a new 850-kW solar carport on top of the McRae parking garage, that's 1,800 new solar panels, representing the largest on-site solar project for a health care organization in Central Florida, and is the largest solar project in the city of Orlando. It is expected to generate roughly 1.3 million kilowatt hours worth of energy each year and save the hospital more than $4.6 million in energy costs (WOW!).
Baker Barrios' Sustainability Committee just released the fall issue of their quarterly newsletter, Sustainable Inspiration. "The goal of our quarterly Sustainable Inspiration is to inform everyone of the impact sustainability has on our lives and our planet, and the opportunities to get involved. It’s important we all start becoming more environmentally conscious. As long as we think there is a choice to avoid environmentally responsible design, we are continuing to hold on to the past and not looking toward to the future."
The fall issue discusses radiant heat, autumn vegetable gardening, how to reduce your personal carbon footprint as well as Covid-19 returning to work sustainability tips.
CEMEX has developed a new concrete, a net-zero CO2 concrete to be exact, called Vertua. Their first net-zero CO2 concrete solution material that reduces the carbon footprint by up to 70% while the remaining 30% footprint is neutralized through carbon offsets. Additional benefits include lower heat generation and reduced cracking, and enhanced workability and consistency retention.
CI Group partners with manufacturers that are on the forefront of sustainability. Since the development of the WELL building standard in 2014, Teknion has received WELL certification at four showrooms and is the first manufacturer in the world to be WELL certified. OFS has partnered with ecomedes to simplify sustainable decision-making for customers. Users can easily select products from their portfolio and analyze to any of the major environmental or human health focused building certification standards.
OUC The Reliable One
Last week, OUC released a recommendation to significantly reduce the use of coal-fired generation no later than 2025, eliminating it completely by 2027. OUC will hold a public workshop on November 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM, which will give those in attendance the opportunity to learn more about the Electric Integrated Resource Plan and recommendation. If approved, the Stanton Energy Center’s two coal-fired plants would be converted to natural gas while OUC makes the transition to solar. This proposed conversion supports OUC’s strategic plan of reaching net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, as well as achieve interim targets of 50% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 and 75% by 2040 compared with 2005 levels.
TLC Engineering Solutions
TLC’s Kristy Walson, PE, LEED Fellow, BEMP has been named a 2020 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least 10 years’ worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. Kristy is TLC’s fourth LEED Fellow, joining TLCers Kim Shinn, PE, LEED Fellow, BEMP; Brian Lomel, PE, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador; and Mark Gelfo, PE, CxA, LEED Fellow, EMP.
A few things fellow members are doing that we found newsworthy. If you have something you would like to share with other DOP members and the community, drop us a note!
Austin Commercial, HuntonBrady, Jamison Commercial Partners, and Little Diversified
Have all partnered together to build a health park prototype for another DOP member, AdventHealth. HuntonBrady Architects as the architect on the ER, for the health park office, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting is the architect, and the contractor is Austin Commercial. That's a lot of DOP love right there!
Downtown Development Board
The International Economic Development Council Conference highlights resilient and sustainable communities, and this year, the DDB received two IEDC awards for Building a Technology and Innovation Economy: EA Sports Agreement and Rideshare Hubs: Enhancing the Downtown Experience.
Food and FUNd Drive
Kirstyn Hobler of Common Sense Office Furniture is spearheading a Food and FUNd Drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. As Developing Leaders philanthropy chair of the NAIOP Central Florida Chapter, Kirstyn shares how organizations can collect non-perishable food items for the Food Bank with a little friendly competition. If you would like to participate, be sure to download the list of critical needs and collect as many items as you can by November 9, 2020.
Mad Cow Theatre Cow-o-ween
This Friday night, Mad Cow Theatre is hosting a free virtual Cow-O-Ween event filled with fun, games, costume contest and familiar and spooky tunes performed by The Glitter Conspiracy.
DOP'S ROSE PLAYS GUEST DJ
The Best Kind Of Music To Listen To While Working.
"Productivity experts share their advice for making a work playlist. Without the background noise of the traditional office setting, many people have implemented music into their work days to fill the sound void and break up the monotony. Others have turned to music to help drown out the chaos of their home lives while they work."