Asking the Right Questions

Asking the Right Questions

When a client comes to me with a property they want to buy, sell, or redevelop, several questions come to mind. These questions generally fall into the categories of development, environmental, liability, and regulatory. Over the years, I’ve compiled a standard list of questions, the answers to which help shape my strategy for assisting my client.  These questions also help focus my client’s attention on myriad issues they may want to consider.

As a client, having this same list of questions in your back pocket can help you engage with your consultant in a more strategic and efficient way. Getting on the same page early about the scope and desired outcome of a project can foster a smooth and productive relationship.

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SoundEarth Strategies Welcomes Rik Langendoen as Managing Principal

SoundEarth Strategies Welcomes Rik Langendoen as Managing Principal

SEATTLE, September 16, 2019—SoundEarth Strategies, Inc. (SoundEarth) is pleased to announce that Rik Langendoen has joined the company as a Managing Principal. Langendoen has more than 30 years of experience managing client accounts and sophisticated projects in environmental consulting, bringing a vast background in guiding clients through challenges ranging in size and complexity.

“Rik is an ideal fit with SoundEarth and our vision for the company’s growth and development,” said Al Davis, CEO at SoundEarth. “He offers us a diverse background that includes solving environmental challenges using the full spectrum of services provided by SoundEarth and will be a great asset to our clients. Our entire team is thrilled to welcome him.”

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The Lasting Importance of a Deliverable: How Company Reports and Documents Impact Your Brand

The Lasting Importance of a Deliverable: How Company Reports and Documents Impact Your Brand

What exactly are the visuals of a company?

The website, presenting company profiles, photos, and projects.

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Pre-Purchase Due Diligence: Are you adequately screening for Business Environmental Risks along with your standard Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

Pre-Purchase Due Diligence: Are you adequately screening for Business Environmental Risks along with your standard Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

You’ve probably been through a Phase I with an environmental consultant before, and while it seems like a straightforward process, there are additional Business Environmental Risks (BER) that most property purchasers want to consider.

A BER is defined in ASTM 1527:13 as “a risk which can have a material environmental or environmentally-driven impact on the business associated with the current or planned use of commercial real estate.”

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Have you ever thought “Geez, getting an air permit in Washington State is way too complicated?”

Have you ever thought “Geez, getting an air permit in Washington State is way too complicated?”

The Washington Air Regulations are up for public comment and updating. There are two opportunities to comment open right now but closing soon!

This rulemaking is of interest to:

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SoundEarth Strategies Acquires EHSI; Environmental Consulting Firms Pursue Expansion Through Strategic Partnership

SoundEarth Strategies Acquires EHSI; Environmental Consulting Firms Pursue Expansion Through Strategic Partnership

SEATTLE, April 25, 2019— SoundEarth Strategies, Inc. (SoundEarth) has acquired EHS-International, Inc. (EHSI). Both companies offer environmental consulting and engineering services. The acquisition is the latest in SoundEarth’s execution of its growth strategy, focused on expansion into new markets through recruitment and acquisitions.

“Our firms really complement each other very nicely,” said Al Davis, CEO at SoundEarth. “Both companies have built success around providing excellent client service, and that will continue to be our top priority.

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With TRI Data Facing Increased Scrutiny, Companies Should Consider an Audit to Ensure Compliance

With TRI Data Facing Increased Scrutiny, Companies Should Consider an Audit to Ensure Compliance

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (IG) recently issued a management alert related to inaccuracies in EPA’s publicly-available toxic substance release data. The IG discovered discrepancies between EPA’s public data and the internal data that the agency submitted to the IG related to the total number of pounds of toxic chemicals released between 2013 and 2017.

EPA collects data on toxic substance releases in part through the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, through which industrial facilities report on their emissions and releases of chemicals and other hazardous substances.

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Washington is Cracking Down on Respirable Silica Exposure. Is Your Company Prepared?

Washington is Cracking Down on Respirable Silica Exposure. Is Your Company Prepared?

In April 2018, Washington State adopted a rule that further regulates employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), following OSHA’s publication of a similar—but less stringent—rule in 2016. Washington’s rule went into effect for the construction industry in October 2018 and will go into effect for occupations outside of construction on July 1, 2019.

Many companies are familiar with OSHA’s version of these rules and the general issues surrounding employee exposure to RCS. But with tighter regulation looming in Washington, here’s what you should know.

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SoundEarth Hosts First South Sound Forum; Summary of Dangerous Waste and Community Right-to-Know Reporting

SoundEarth Hosts First South Sound Forum; Summary of Dangerous Waste and Community Right-to-Know Reporting

Last Friday, SoundEarth hosted its first-ever South Sound Environmental Managers Forum in Tacoma. The idea behind this series of monthly events is to provide not only short, timely presentations on topics that affect environmental managers and their facilities, but also a place where they can share advice, ideas, concerns, and solutions with their peers away from the facility.

For our first round, we talked about Dangerous Waste and Community Right-to-Know Reporting. Here’s a peak at what we covered:

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Elyssa Dixon, PE Featured in ASCE's "Best Places to be a Civil Engineer"

Elyssa Dixon, PE Featured in ASCE's "Best Places to be a Civil Engineer"

The American Society of Civil Engineers published a report identifying the top 5 cities for working in the civil engineering field, and Seattle made the cut! SoundEarth’s Elyssa Dixon was quoted saying “Being a civil engineer in Seattle means that I am surrounded and supported by people who also want to use their career to improve the world through innovative and sustainable solutions.”

Check out the full article here.

Elyssa Dixon Featured on ASCE's Plot Points Podcast

Elyssa Dixon Featured on ASCE's Plot Points Podcast

Click below to listen to Episode 2 of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) podcast Plot Points featuring SoundEarth's Elyssa Dixon, PE!

 

SoundEarth's Chris Kitchen Takes Home Excellence in Presentation Award for Young Professionals at AWMA Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

SoundEarth's Chris Kitchen Takes Home Excellence in Presentation Award for Young Professionals at AWMA Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

Congratulations to SoundEarth’s Chris Kitchen, who won the Excellence in Presentation Award for Young Professionals at the Air & Waste Management Association’s Pacific Northwest International Section Annual Conference! Chris gave two presentations at the conference – one on developing dynamic Environmental Management Systems and one on keeping industrial facilities inspection-ready.

His presentation on keeping industrial facilities inspection-ready was the award winner. The focus was about being proactive, working with government regulators, and how to stay organized for the inevitable inspection.

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We Can Help You Care For Your Air

We Can Help You Care For Your Air

Good news!  SoundEarth has been Accredited as a Verification Body by the California Air Resources Board. Our team includes trained greenhouse gas verifiers, ready to perform verification services for greenhouse gas emissions data reports. 

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Just Another Day At The Office

Just Another Day At The Office

SoundEarth offers an entire team boasting expertise in working with marine and freshwater sediments, contaminated sediment dredging, and piling repair and replacement. We provide remedial investigations and sediment management to help our clients navigate tight project timelines and complicated regulatory permitting requirements.

Here we have a very hardy SoundEarth team member (in the yellow safety jacket) who took this time-lapse video while working at a dredging site in Eastern Washington. Our team worked with a diver to acquire sediment samples which were logged for this particular scope of work. This is a great example of the many different types of projects capable of being executed by our extremely experienced staff.

Developing Contaminated and Blighted Properties - The Seminar Group

Developing Contaminated and Blighted Properties - The Seminar Group

Our very own Ryan Bixby, LG served as a Program Co-Chair for this seminar which was put on by The Seminar Group and sponsored by Northwest Resource Law PLLC and SoundEarth Strategies, Inc. This program focused on the real estate market in Seattle and how there has been such an increase in demand that properties previously deemed as upside down, or experiencing negative equity, are now in a perfect position to be developed as property prices continue to rise. 

Ryan helped kick-off the event by contributing to the introduction and overview, and later giving a more in-depth presentation about Evolving Stormwater Discharge Requirements in King County and Their Impact on Redevelopment. The other topics of the day were related to Construction, Finance, Environmental, Government, Insurance, Investment, Land Use, Professional Liability, Toxic Waste, and Waste Water—all of which were presented by attorneys, other consultants, and members of regulatory institutions.

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