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Deep Thoughts and Confessions from a Sustainability Director

Kari Mackenbach, CFM, BCES, ENV SP | April 2017

Do you consider yourself sustainable? Even if you do, here are ten easy and painless changes we can do in our daily life to be more sustainable.

M51 Air Valves: Air Release, Air/Vacuum, and Combination, Second Edition

Dan Barr, PE | August 2016

The safe and efficient operation of a liquid piping system is dependent on the continual removal of air and wastewater gases from the liquid piping system. Choosing the proper air valve for the application is critical to all liquid piping systems.

M44 Distribution Valves: Selection, Installation, Field Testing, and Maintenance, Third Edition

Dan Barr, PE | April 2016

Effectively managing valves as an asset can have a significant impact both for the water utility and the customer. This revised manual covers valve selection and installation as well as the importance of location, condition, and frequency of operation…

Odor Control Options for CSO Systems

Mark Chiovarelli, PE | November 2015

In offering a more simplistic perspective to odor control options, I quote from one of my favorite Christmas movies. “One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri,” Jim Carrey comically states as the Grinch…



NewsNotes: Spring 2015

ms consultants, inc. | April 2015

Highlights from this issue: Review of 2014; John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir updates; Kari Mackenbach joins ms as Director of Sustainability; Wittenberg University indoor practice facility project is underway

How to Succeed in Your Green Infrastructure Project

Kari Mackenbach, CFM, BCES, ENV SP | March 2015

With a growing interest in sustainability as a whole, many communities have adopted performance standards and incentives to promote sustainable design…

Moving Forward Requires Code Enforcement

Eric Elizondo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | November 2014

The U.S. needs to fix its lax energy code enforcement or else energy conservation progress will suffer.

Retail Construction Evolved

Jason Christoff, PE, LEED AP BD+C | June 2014

The way business is executed within the retail construction industry may never be the same. The Great Recession is finally behind us, but it has changed how retailers deliver stores, as well as how architecture and engineering professionals design them.

Why Ohio Needs LEED Buildings

Eric Elizondo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | June 2014

The belief that LEED will impact the Buckeye State in a profoundly negative way runs counter to nearly a decade of reality.

Promoting LEED Proponents

Eric Elizondo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | April 2014

What changes can be made so that the LEED experiences of people and companies are better showcased?