Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How to Become a Bay Area Green Business

Since its formation in 1998, RMC Water and Environment has offered environmental engineering services to clients throughout California. Beyond this, RMC Water and Environment is a certified Bay Area Green Business (BAGB). To achieve the BAGB certification, a business must meet several criteria:

1. Compliance – The business will comply with all relevant environmental regulations and assist local agencies in their efforts to verify said compliance. Such efforts may include site inspections conducted by hazardous materials, air quality, and wastewater staff.

2. Conservation – The business commits to taking actions that conserve resources, lower waste production, and preserve the environment. Such actions include, but are not limited to, using recycled paper, printing on both sides of paper, installing low-flow toilets, and using energy-efficient lighting.

3. Pledge – The company takes the BAGB Pledge, found at www.greenbiz.ca.gov/Pledge.html, to stay green.

4. Apply – Complete an application for BAGB certification using the state-wide application system created by the California Green Business Program.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Napa Sanitation District’s WateReuse Award

A design firm that works with counties and cities throughout California to help with the management and implementation of complex sewer systems and treatment facilities for wastewater, RMC Water and Environment has been named a Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record every year between 2007 and 2016. 

It has recently worked with the Napa Sanitation District in the creation of the Recycled Water Expansion project that received the WateReuse award for Agricultural Project of the Year.

The annual award recognizes projects that have made noteworthy contributions to water recycling and desalination, which in the case of this project meant demonstrating how recycled water could help in energy conservation, providing the nutrients that crops need to grow, and supporting agricultural sustainability. 

RMC Water and Environment supported the project through the design of 5 miles of pipeline running through Milliken, Sarco, and Tulocay. The pipes are used to distribute recycled water to a range of commercial and agricultural clients throughout the Napa Valley region.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Woodard & Curran Foundation Funds Projects to Address Climate Change

Founded in 1998, RMC Water and Environment has provided water and wastewater design and water resource planning services to cities and communities throughout California. In November, 2016, RMC Water and Environment was acquired by Woodard & Curran, an engineering firm based in Maine. Woodard & Curran prides itself on creating a workplace that attracts talented and committed people, and is devoted to giving back to the community. These efforts include operating the Woodard & Curran Foundation, which provides grants to organizations working towards a healthier world and a more sustainable environment. 

The foundation’s grants include a 3-year impact grant totaling $100,000 over three consecutive years. The grant funds projects that address climate change-related water issues by applying innovative technology. In 2016, this grant was awarded to the University of Rhode Island Foundation to fund the design of sustainable water systems. The project will attempt to develop a Community Climate Change Strategy (CCCS) to provide safe drinking water to communities across the world. It will begin by improving the effectiveness of the CCCS by setting up a water system for a new school in the Dominican Republic.