KU Resources is not only committed to providing innovative solutions and outstanding support to our clients, but reducing our environmental impacts and bettering our communities around us. Our green initiative focuses on recycling, reducing energy consumption, cleaning up local communities, and employing green strategies in our services.
Green practices incorporated into our company culture include: offering recycling bins for paper, glass, plastics, and aluminum; utilizing dishes and glassware opposed to paper and plastic products; encouraging employees to print double-sided and do work electronically when possible; and utilizing recycled office supplies, when applicable. We also encourage everyone to reduce energy consumption by turning off lights, computers, and other electronics when not in use. Employees also participate in several trail cleanup projects throughout the year along our adopted section of the Great Allegheny Passage in Duquesne.
We also utilize green practices in our services and offer many green solutions to our clients. A few of our green remediation techniques include utilizing direct-push technology when applicable, minimizing waste volumes for disposal, and using subcontractors local to the project site. Additionally, whenever possible, we incorporate best management practices into site development that utilize design techniques that infiltrate, filter, store, evaporate, and detain water runoff. These stormwater management approaches involve low-impact development practices that are modeled after nature by mimicking a site’s predevelopment hydrology.
We also have a LEED® Accredited Professional for Neighborhood Development on staff to incorporate energy efficiency and environmentally friendly practices into community development projects. We offer our community development clients: advice on the LEED-ND Rating System, LEED-ND project registration, prerequisite or credit interpretation rulings from GBCI, and LEED-ND certification strategies.
KU Resources continually evaluates the way we do business to minimize our waste and reduce our company’s energy and resource consumption. We take pride in our efforts to make our surrounding communities a great place to live, work, and play!
Greenhouse Gas Regulation and Potential Impacts to Industry
What about the science?
The “greenhouse effect” enables the earth to maintain sufficient warmth to establish our current living conditions. The greenhouse gases (GHG), primarily consisting of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitric oxide (N2O), and fluorinated gases, absorb (and trap) heat which the earth would otherwise reflect back to the atmosphere.
The concern is that, as a result of increased anthropogenic activities including but not limited to fossil fuel burning and tropical deforestation, increased GHG emissions would lead to supplemental absorption of infrared radiation, affecting (increasing) planet temperatures. This creation of additional heat energy as a direct result of human activities is often referred to as the “enhanced greenhouse effect.” Read More »