As part of Oh’s commitment to the natural and built environment, we stay abreast of news and developments on our climate. During our monthly office-wide EcOh meetings, current events on climate data are discussed, as well as brainstorming ways that we can make a positive impact in the work field and in our individual lives. The number you see pictured above represents the approximate amount of carbon (PPM) currently in our planet’s atmosphere, which has been quickly rising since the beginning of the industrial revolution and is continuing to rise today. 350 PPM is considered to be a “safe” level of carbon dioxide, so this number serves as a reminder that something’s got to give.
Oh prides itself in having a well-informed and engaged team. Team members contribute to a monthly educational presentation to enhance our awareness of industry and world trends.
Historic Preservation is an important practice that aims to conserve, save, and protect buildings and landscapes of historical significance. Some independent federal agencies, such as The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, promote the preservation and sustainable use of a nation’s diverse historic resources. There are environmental, social, and economic benefits associated with the preservation and reuse of these buildings that makes this practice vital. Historical Preservation also encourages environmental stewardship through the reduction of resource and material consumption that transpires during new construction and demolition.
Another benefit of Historical Preservation is the protection of cultural identities. By preserving a building or landscape associated with a particular heritage, the community is strengthened and enriched by the educational opportunities embodied by the place. The more the community is involved, the more attractive and effective an area will become for everyone.
The National Parks Service (NPS), part of the US Department of the Interior, is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources in the United States. Encompassing a over 400 parks and sites ranging from Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah, to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington, to Yellowstone, the first National Park created in 1872, the NPS encapsulates history by investing in the preservation, interpretation, and restoration of symbolic places that define all generations and cultures in America. The NPS, along with the National Forest System (an entity of the US Department of Agriculture) together employ over 50,000 people, contribute billions in revenue to federal and state economies, and are leaders in preservation stewardship and sustainability. The protection of these lands is vital in preserving not only the environment, but the history of the many multicultural generations of America.
The food we choose to eat has a great impact on the environment. The animal agriculture industry in particular is one of the leading causes of deforestation, water consumption, and pollution. The agriculture industry is responsible for producing more greenhouse gasses than the transportation industry. By making minor changes to our diet, humans can have a more positive impact on the environment.