By Steve Giles  |   June 24th, 2015
   
combined heat and power engine
Well...almost free.
 
A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system can heat your facility, heat your pool and save you money.  Sounds impossible doesn’t it? 
 
So just what is this system and why can it do so many things?  A CHP system is an engine that uses clean natural gas to produce electricity – just like many other engines but is also designed to capture the waste heat and create useful thermal energy. The thermal energy can then be used to heat water for swimming pools and domestic use. By using both the electrical and thermal energy the system efficiency if over 80%, far more efficient that standard electric generation.  Waste not, want not.
 
With a CHP system you can generate electricity for your recreational facility while using the captured waste heat to heat water and reduce your boiler usage. For example a 248 kW system will average over 8000 operational hours annually, and will produce 2,000,000 kilowatt hours per year, and produce over 1.4 million BTUs and hour of useful thermal energy.   These systems also have the availability to operate independently during grid outages.  When grid power is interrupted, CHP systems are designed to operate independently and provide power to the critical systems in a facility.  As an example, the system can be designed to run HVAC units when sources of grid electricity are unavailable making a facility available for use as a community shelter during extended outages.
 
CHP systems are nearly twice as efficient as a traditional power generator, delivers backup power during outages and reduces the capital costs associated with traditional boiler replacement.  In addition, financing options also exist that allow you to have a system installed with no up-front costs so you can begin saving money immediately. 
Steve Giles, Vice President Alternative Energy
Steve has over 25 years of experience encompassing a wide range of utility industry financial operations and commercial negotiations, and business development activities, including direct sales, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He is responsible for providing strategic development and leadership for Hull’s expansion in the energy market. Steve performs studies, regulatory filings and grant applications for renewable energy projects and is at various stages of project design and development for multiple renewable energy project types including biogas, landfill gas, combined heat and power and solar.
 
Steve provides clients with options for renewable energy projects through feasibility analysis and consulting, turnkey engineering-procurement-construction, financing options, project ownership and operating options, state and federal grant coordination and Renewable Energy Certificate management and brokering.
 
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Accounting and Finance as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.
 
 
By Mark Zakrzewski, ASP, CPG  |   June 24th, 2015
   
tick prevention
We spray and slather on insect repellent with the best of intentions.  While repellents are both necessary and helpful…they are not 100% effective.  Nothing can substitute for frequent and thorough tick checks.  They are necessary to keep you safe, regardless of the repellents you may be using or any other precautions you take. 
 
So, while you may be using Permethrin, lemon-eucalyptus or Deep Woods Off...you can still find yourself with a tick. 
 
If you are unfamiliar with this biological hazard and would like more information you can link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page HERE
Mark Zakrzewski, ASP, CPG, Health and Safety Officer
Mark is  Hull’s Corporate Health and Safety Officer.  Mark has been with Hull since 1991 and is an Associate Safety Professional through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and a Certified Professional Geologist through the American Institute of Professional Geologists.   
 
Mark holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology, with emphasis in Geophysics, from the University of Toledo and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. 
 
 
By William Rish, PhD  |   June 16th, 2015
   
risk analysisRisk is defined as the chance of suffering harm.  Scientists would say that risks are real when there is a measurable probability of harm.  Under this view, the necessary conditions for risks to be real are:
  • Presence of a source of risk,
  • A way to be exposed to the source of risk,
  • A mechanism by which the exposure can cause harm (sometimes called causality).
Risk assessment specialists attempt to quantify risk by using data and models linking sources, exposure pathways, and mechanisms of harm to develop quantitative measures of risk, based on probability and level of consequence.  Some take the position that this technical analysis of risk ought to be the authoritative basis for regulatory decision making.
 
But there are other views of when risks are real.  No less of a technical geek that Nikola Tesla said “Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.”
 
From a purist perspective, so long as there is uncertainty, there is risk.  There are, thus, no cases in which risk is not real.  And yes, the evaluation of relative likelihood and seriousness of harm is important.  But there is an important and sometimes subtle relationship between our common sense notions of risk and values, on the one hand, and statistically measured relative frequencies and quantification of harm, on the other.
 
From a humanistic perspective, risk is simply the potential of losing something of value.  In this view, whether or not a risk is real is, as Plato described beauty, “in the eye of the beholder”.  This is why attempts to communicate risk in technical terms can be frustrating, and why understanding how people perceive risks and determine the acceptability of risk is crucial.  Risks are real to a person when they have sufficient reason to suspect the presence of a cause that may result in harm to something that they value.  To meaningfully discuss risk with this person, it is necessary to understand the reasons for their suspicion, the harm they fear, and what it is that they value.
 
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William Rish, PhD, HullRAC Director
William (Bill) is a Principal and the Vice President of Hull's Environmental Market at Hull.  He also directs The HULL Risk Analysis Center (HullRAC) and has over 30 years of experience in risk assessment, decision analysis, and environmental consulting. 
 
Bill has been on the forefront of environmental liability evaluation, including the development of probabilistic techniques for quantifying environmental liability associated with contaminated sites in financial terms, and is published expert and expert witness in risk assessment and uncertainty analysis.
 
Bill received a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie‑Mellon University.
 
 
By Tim Giardiana  |   June 16th, 2015
   

risk based routing; waste routing; routing evaluation; risk reduction

When your company describes its values are words like "community", "safety" and "accountability" used?  Chances are if you are in the business of providing services you feel a great sense of responsibility to minimize risk and protect the local community.
 
When routing your vehicles they key is balancing overall efficiency with safety.  How can you optimize vehicle traffic, reduce risk and drive expenses down?  The answer – Risk Based Routing.
 
The Dilemma
 
Typically, little attention is devoted to your vehicles when they leave your facility.  Questions related to when they leave and what roads they will take may not be considered.  But, the “when” and the “where” are pivotal questions.  Ask and the answers will change the way you provide services to your communities while minimizing risk.
 
The time has come to have an honest discussion about the risks related to routing and face the issues head-on.  Time spent during rush hour, or worse yet, when school busses are delivering students can be reduced and even eliminated. 
 
The Perception
 
Yes, the old saying “Perception is Reality” is so true.  People believe and make assumptions based on what they hear and read in the news. 
 
Your trucks that leave your facility are typically owned and operated by you.  Now some may be subcontractors or other procured vendors…but they are on your watch.  While out in the community they are your company.  If the community experience traffic disruption or accidents involving any of these vehicles the perception is your company is responsible.
 
The Solution
 
Optimal route with minimal exposure.  Sounds simple.  The answer is slightly more complex but it does have a name…risk based routing.
 
It’s the planning that can become complicated.  Vital to any company is the consideration of risks and their associated costs.  While planning may not eliminate all incidents, it will minimize the risks attributed to root causes.  To effectively analyze risks and quantify anticipated costs software must be used. 
 
Simply put, software paired with industry knowledge can keep you and your company off the 6 O’clock news and the front page of the local newspaper.  Out on the streets you risk the reputation of your company every day.  Risk based routing is the best planning process available to minimize risk and protect your business. 
Tim Giardiana, Vice President Waste Management
As the Vice President of Hull’s Waste Management Market, Tim leads the growth of strategic sales and business development activities.  He continues to build on Hull’s strong track record of project successes, maintaining and enhancing our reputation as an industry leader.
 
Tim has more than 28 years of consulting and market planning experience in the waste industry, including 14 years in senior level management in Central Ohio. His expertise encompasses strategic business planning and sales; operations management and efficiencies; mergers and acquisitions; and team development. He has been Project Manager working with major US cities across the country performing efficiency reviews, waste composition studies, sustainability and routing logistic projects. 
 
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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