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October 28th, 2014

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Winner

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Gabriel is proud to announce that we have been awarded a 2014 Governor’s Sustainability Award for the continuous improvements we have made at our Chicago headquarters.

Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has presented Governor’s Awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

At a luncheon last week, Gabriel was recognized with several other Illinois companies and communities for our achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy.

“Investing in sustainability creates jobs, boosts our economy and is an investment in our future,” Governor Quinn said. “These awards foster innovation and encourage our universities and businesses to help us build a stronger, greener Illinois.”

Since earning our initial Governor’s Award in 2011, Gabriel has undertaken several additional sustainability initiatives:

  • Installation of 126 additional solar photovoltaic panels (total number of panels is now 162, with a capacity of 42,000 watts)
  • Purchase of three electric vehicles (Nissan Leaf – 100% electric; Chevy Volt and Ford C-Max Energi – plug-in electric/gas hybrids)
  • Installation of three Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations
  • Installation of experimental geothermal system for our walk-in cooler

These efforts have resulted in an overall 282% increase in solar energy generated and a decrease of 25,870 lbs (11.7 metric tons) of CO2 emissions (compared to traditional energy sources).

Additionally, we’ve seen a 70% annualized reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the three vehicles replaced with the electric vehicles.  In 2013, our annualized GHG emissions were reduced by 18.12 MTCO2e.

For more information about Gabriel’s sustainability efforts, visit our Environmental Commitment webpage.

For more information about the Governor’s Sustainability Awards, visit ISTC’s Award webpage.

 

 

October 21st, 2014

Meet IEPA Director Lisa Bonnett

IWWSG (Industrial Water, Waste and Sewage Group) invites you to join them at their October meeting with Illinois EPA director Lisa Bonnett.  Ms. Bonnett will discuss new initiatives regarding regulation, enforcement, and enhancements of the programs within the Agency’s mission.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Union League Club

65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

$65 non-members/ $55 members

Register online

October 14th, 2014

Free E3 (Economy, Energy and Environment) Assistance Available

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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC), ComEd, Cook County, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, and Calumet Area Industrial Commission have partnered to provide free E3 technical assistance to South Cook County Industrial facilities.

Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) ensures that a company’s environmental resources and 3M resources – Manpower, Machine, and Money – are utilized as effectively as possible, with minimal impact on the earth’s ecology.

E3 joins forces with local communities to connect small and medium-sized manufacturers with experts from federal agencies, states, and regions. In each E3 community, teams conduct customized technical assessments and offer practical, sustainable approaches that manufacturers can incorporate into their operations.

Learn more at the South Cook County E3 Kick-off Meeting on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 (9am – 11:30am), at Prairie State College Conference Center (202 S. Halsted St, Chicago Heights).  RSVP to Vinod Patel by October 24th to vapatel@illinois.edu.

Attendees will learn about the E3 program, including free on-site services and technical assistance.  E3 performance focus areas include:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Cooling Water Tower & Energy Management
  • Water Footprinting
  • Waste Reduction at Source
  • Lean & Green Manufacturing Practices
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

This program is intended for the manufacturing and industrial sectors in south Cook County.  Learn more about this E3 partnership with their brochure.

 

 

October 8th, 2014

Introducing Gabriel’s new soil boring rig – Geoprobe 7822DT

Welcome the newest rig to Gabriel’s soil boring family – our new Geoprobe 7822DT:

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Our new rig will enable us to complete soil borings more quickly and in smaller spaces.  Contact John Polich (jpolich[at]gabenv.com) for a quote on your next soil boring job to see our new rig in action.

October 6th, 2014

EPA Amends All Appropriate Inquiries Rule

EPA has finalized its amendment to the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) epa_logo2regulations to remove reference to ASTM E1527-05.  With this final rule, EPA will only consider Phase I’s completed to the most current ASTM standard (E1527-13) to be compliant with its AAI regulations as of October 6, 2015.  EPA included this year delay in order to give all parties adequate opportunity to complete AAI investigations that may be in progress.

EPA states that the purpose of this amendment is to reduce any confusion associated with referencing a historical standard that is no longer recognized by ASTM as meeting its standards for good customary business practice.  They also specifically state that removing 1527-05 from the regulations does not impact any Phase I’s completed to this standard between November 1, 2005 and the effective date of the final rule (Oct 6, 2015).  Parties who purchased properties in this time span who obtained Phase I’s which complied with this 1527-05 standard would still be eligible for CERCLA liability protection (as long as all aspects of All Appropriate Inquiries were adequately completed).

The entire Final Rule can be found at www.regulations.gov.

All of Gabriel’s AAI-compliant Phase I’s are completed to the most current standard (E1527-13) and meet the All Appropriate Inquiries requirements.

October 2nd, 2014

Who is JULIE? And why do you call her before you dig?

 

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JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) is Illinois’ free one-call message handling and delivery service committed to protecting underground utilities and the safety of people working or living near them.  Any excavator or contractor who is digging as part of their job must call JULIE at least 48 hours (two working days) before the job is scheduled to begin.  Even homeowners who are planting new trees or shrubs must call JULIE before digging.

Gabriel uses JULIE’s services before every soil boring job, UST removal, and soil excavation.  After we call in the site address for the job, a representative from each utility company in the area will visit the site within 48 hours to mark all of their utility lines with paint and/or flags.  Each JULIE request is then valid for 14 days.  Gabriel then knows which areas to avoid with our soil borings or excavation.

JULIE is only responsible for marking public utilities, so occasionally Gabriel must hire a private locator company for sites with complicated private underground utilities (such as an active gas station with many product lines or a large industrial site).

So if you see the following paint and/or flags on a property, you know that JULIE has recently been to the site:

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Within the City of Chicago, DIGGER handles these underground marking requests.