EP ENGINEERING IS AN MEP FIRM WITH FOCUS ON EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION, COMMUNITY, SOUND DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY.

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About our Green Office

In 2016 we launched the EP CARES initiative, focusing on outreach to local communities and schools to educate children and adults about the importance of energy usage and sustainability. 2017 will be no different as EP CARES continues to grow and is currently developing a campaign to merge with other design firms and leverage the power of the sustainability movement.

Our employees participate in other programs and events with organizations such as Engineers Without Borders and Sane Energy Project.

Learn more about our EP CARES initiative and how we have committed to the EP THREE 3s Pledge.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our office was built with many sustainable features such as:

  • FSC certified furniture
  • Reclaimed natural wood flooring
  • Office layout utilizes optimum daylight strategies, maximizing the abundance of sunlight the office receives being on a high floor
  • All workstation power, computers, copiers and printers automatically shut down each night by program
  • Creatively reusing furniture from our old office
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Filtered water machine and reusable/washable cups – no water bottles, plastic water jugs, etc.

ALL PURCHASING AT EP MEETS STRICT LEED STANDARDS

FOOD: LEED calls for 25% minimum of food purchases to be sustainable, 50% is considered exemplary performance
*We exceed the LEED exemplary performance with 58% of all food purchases being sustainable


CONSUMABLES:
LEED calls for 60% minimum, 95% is exemplary for sustainable consumables purchasing
**We exceed LEED minimum with 90% of office supply purchases being sustainable

DURABLE GOODS – Furniture: EED calls for 40% minimum of durable goods to be sustainable, 8o% exemplary
***We exceed LEED exemplary performance, 91% of furniture we purchase is sustainable (either recycled, or rapidly renewable, or local within 500mi or FSC)


DURABLE GOODS – Electric Powered Equipment (i.e. PCs)
LEED calls for 4o% minimum, 80% exemplary on sustainable purchasing of electric powered equipment
**** 100% of PC and electronics purchases are Energy Star Rates (either Energy Star or Epeat qualify as sustainable purchase)
*All figures are based on spending within last 3-month period.
**Sustainable food purchases are those either certified organic, harvested locally within 100 miles or rainforest certified, amongst others)
***Sustainable consumables purchases are those either recycled 10% post-consumer or 10% post-industrial, manufactured locally within 5oo miles or using rapidly renewable materials)
**** Sustainable Durable goods purchases are those either recycled 10% post-consumer or 20% post-industrial, manufactured locally within 500-miles or using rapidly renewable materials)

ALL WASTE AT EP MEETS STRICT LEED STANDARDS

Another way to help the environment with regards to resources is repurposing used goods and diverting waste from landfills. The following are our office recycling policies:

  • FSC certified furniture
  • Reclaimed natural wood flooring
  • Office layout utilizes optimum daylight strategies, maximizing the abundance of sunlight the office receives being on a high floor
  • All workstation power, computers, copiers and printers automatically shut down each night by program
  • Creatively reusing furniture from our old office
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Filtered water machine and reusable/washable cups – no water bottles, plastic water jugs, etc.

FRIDAY AND TUESDAY GROUP LUNCHES HAVE A LARGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

We started the office subsidized group lunches to provide a great benefit for our staff but also to preserve energy and resources. We realized how much waste is involved with eating out – the elevator trips by each person to get the food, the plastic utensils that are given to us, plastic bags, etc. To cut this down, we started to offer group ordered lunches.

By ordering from one vendor and demanding the vendor not supply any plastic utensils or plastic bags, we can reduce energy and plastic consumption as follows:

  • # of elevator trips saved is estimated to be about 15-per week. Since we are on the 32nd floor, this amounts to about 7,000 kilowatt-hours saved per year, which is the equivalent of leaving (15) 4o-watt lightbulbs on all year long.
  • # of plastic forks/spoons/knives saved is estimated to be about 30-total per week or around 11,000 plastic utensils annually.
  • # of plastic bags saved is estimated to be about 10-total per week or 520-plastic bags per year!

OTHER SUSTAINABLE OFFICE POLICIES (YES THERE’S MORE!)

Double Sided Paper All printing (11×17 and smaller) is conducted using 2-sided duplex mode. The result is about a 30% reduction in paper use and waste.

Two Screens, Less Paper All engineers utilize 2 large monitors which allows us to review most of our work on screen thus drastically reducing on our paper consumption.

Rechargeable Batteries. The office is supplied with only rechargeable batteries. This has reduced our new battery consumption by 90%.

ReUsable Pens Instead of wasting a perfectly good pen case every time it runs out of ink, EP purchases pens that use recycled inserts. When the ink runs out, the only part that gets thrown away and replaced is the insert.

Shutting off Mechanical Systems Each day at 6pm, all mechanical fans on the perimeter are turned off. Previously the fans were left to run 24/7. This practice has resulted in a reduction in usage by over 50% and a savings of about $1,600 annually)

Shutting off PCs The server at EP Engineering runs a special program that hibernates any PC that has been inactive for 1-hour.

Shutting off Electronic Appliances Coffee machines, cell phone chargers, copy machines…… they all use power even when not in use, simply from being plugged in. At EP, all such appliances are connected to timers which only allow them to power during normal business hours.

Plant Based Paper Goods We have made the switch from traditional paper products to plant based products, specifically Bagasse. Bagasse products do not require a heavy investment of new resources to produce, and are a way to make use of material that would otherwise be discarded, making it a very sustainable product.

Terra Cycle All other plastics not accepted through sanitation are collected and sent to Terra Cycle, who reuses, upcycles and recycles waste instead of incinerating or Iandfilling it.

Plastic Bags We collect plastic bags in our office to be reused. Those that are not reused are brought to a location for recycling.

Toner We recycle all printer and plotter toner cartridges used within our office.

Batteries & Electronics Recycling EP uses rechargeable batteries for most of our office needs. Any other batteries are recycled via The Big Green Box. The Big Green Box can be used for disposable batteries and small hand held electronic recycling. Once shipped, contents are recovered and treated in the most efficient and environmentally-sound way possible.

Cork EP even began collecting cork to be recycled and reused. Employees corks will be used to replace petroleum based materials in consumer product and extend the useful life of your wine works. By supporting this program we are giving new life to perfectly good natural cork.

K Cup Recycling Thanks to Ground to Grow on, K cups are collected and sent to a recycling facility which converts the brewed packs into useable alternatives.

Office Cleaning Products We aim to use products that are not only safe for the environment, but safe for employees as well. The products used in our office have been researched and all have received a favorable EWG rating.

What are EP’s Three 3s?

Our THREE 3s initiative establishes aggressive outreach goals for EP Engineering to reach. Our hope is to use our leverage as a small business to give back to the community and to the environment. We also want to provide our employees a chance to be a part of something important that is more than just a job.

3% of Profit

We ended up donating over 5% of our profit, or $12,040! (A full listing of our charity partners can be found below)

  • ALS Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Annual NY Earth Citizens Walk & ECO Fest
  • Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
  • Circle Camps
  • City Harvest
  • Earth Justice
  • Engineers Without Borders USA
  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • NY Against Fracking
  • Ohio Environmental Council
  • Sierra Club
  • The Environmental Working Group Organization
  • United for Action, Food & Water Watch
  • Virunga National Park

3% of Time

We passed our target of 6o-hours of volunteering time and logged in 95-hours across the entire office!
This included 2 trips to our favorite animal shelter in addition to organizing a summer BBQ event with Volunteers of
America.

3% of Fee

Here we met our goal for probono work valuing over $60,000 in engineering fees with various nonprofits and schools like
Stevens Institute of Technology, YMCA, NJIT and Engineers w/o Borders.

Our goals for 2017 will be the same 3% of PROFIT will go to charity, 3% of PTO TIME will be dedicated to volunteering efforts and 3% of FEE will be pro bono work for institutions promoting community and sustainability. Since our company, profit and revenue are all growing heading into 2017, this will result in the largest outreach effort our company has ever taken on. We can’t wait for the many activities we are planning and look forward to keeping you posted on our progress throughout the year!

The EP CARES initiative is our focus on outreach. We are proud to team with local
communities, schools and organizations to show our commitment to celebrating life and
helping those in our community and organization to live well.

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Mozzarella Making at Murray’s Cheese

Mild and milky, smooth and silky: any way you stretch it, we love fresh mozzarella! The EP team headed to Murray’s Cheese in the East Village, for a hands on experience in the preparation of this traditional Italian pasta filata (pulled cured) cheese. We first learned about the history, sources and the various production processes. MORE >

The Bowery Mission’s New Location

Skid Row: Not a place anyone ever hopes to find themselves. Against all hope however, that is exactly where thousands of New Yorkers find themselves each year. As early as the late 1800’s in Manhattan, the term “Skid Row” was a nickname given to the area known as The Bowery, located in the southern portion. MORE >

Boy Scouts of America – Berlin Hall

EP Engineering, paired with DesBrisay & Smith Architects, has partnered with Boy Scouts of America to provide the MEP design for their renovation project at Berlin Hall. Berlin Hall is a cabin used by Boy Scouts of America for meetings and activities. It is located in Staten Island, directly adjacent to Ohrback Lake. The predominant. MORE >

Annual Summer Boat Cruise

For the 4th year in a row, the EP team headed to the Skyport Marina, this time boarding the “Cabana” and set sail for an evening of fun.  Gloomy skies and a rainy morning had everyone concerned that the eagerly awaited event would be ruined.  Luckily, the skies cleared up and the sun came out right. MORE >

EP Cheers on the NY Mets!

This month, the EP team headed to Flushing, Queens to visit Citi Field and watch the New York Mets take on the Oakland Athletics. On a very warm summer evening, we enjoyed the game from a private suite which included great food and an even better view of the field. It was a perfect summer. MORE >

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Joshua Turman, Real Estate Manager, Princeton Properties

EP is a firm that I have come to rely on, they deliver a complete project on time and in good order.

Kwok Yim, Queens Library

I couldn’t ask for a more responsive and knowledgeable team. They always respond quickly with accurate info which helps the projects finish on time. I almost regret writing this because selfishly, I want them all to myself.

Joshua Turman, Real Estate Manager, Princeton Properties

They listen carefully to client needs and explain things in layman terms. I also like working with a smaller firm and having access to the principal.

Carol Ann Albrektsen, Vice President, TF Cornerstone

All the members of the EP team are creative, energetic and diligent problem solvers. I look forward to working with them on future projects.

Sally Gilliland, Principal, The Hudson Companies Inc

My firm has worked together with EP Engineering on a variety of commercial interior and public library interior projects. EP always meets deadlines --many which have been fast-tracked in nature. Their staff is knowledgeable, courteous, and easy to work with. I recommend EP to anyone requiring MEP services.

Jay Lubow, Owner, Applied Design Initiative

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Theoharis David, Theo David Architects

EP Engineering has been a valuable team member on several recent projects. I definitely recommend them.

Peter Conant, Partner, Vocon

EP Engineering is a pleasure to work with. Their entire stable of engineers work easily and knowledgably with the other consultants, present very flexible and willing approach to design, always striving to help keep the project profitable for the owner. Their management is very hands on and involved, able to creatively see around corners, ensuring quality design, good production times and well-coordinated between disciplines, which is a rare treat in this industry. Over many projects together, we hold EP Engineering in high esteem.

Phillip Hayes, Senior Project Manager, JBS Project Management

As an architect I truly value the team at EP Engineering and the great impression they’ve made with many of our clients. They understand that the design process is organic and they patiently offer their expertise during the early stages of design.

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