Field Notes
Being Grateful IS a Business Strategy
By Lisa Berntsen–Dec 8, 2011
It is the season where we sit back, reflect and give thanks for all the good things in our lives. Personally, I have much to be grateful for: family, friends, health and satisfying and challenging work. The other night I was surfing around and found an article from Fast Company, “Gratitude As a...

Still More Reasons to Get Outside!
By Lisa Berntsen–Dec 27, 2011
Last month I wrote a blog post about the advantages of spending time outdoors. In researching this topic further, I found diverse sources that tie even short amounts of time outdoors with improved health, learning ability, self-esteem, mood and thinking power: “The more high-tech we become,...

Award Prompts Sustainable Civil Engineering Thoughts
By –Dec 5, 2011
I just learned about an upcoming competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Sustainable Civil Engineering Award. It’s intriguing to consider in light of the planning now in the works at GeoEngineers. A small group of us is thinking about our 2012 strategic plan,...

TIF Time for WA State? Brownfields Show the Way for Funding Source
By –Dec 12, 2011
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) may have a chance in Washington State, finally. TIF is not a taxing district. It’s typically a method to incentivize redevelopment in urban, blighted, or slow-growing areas. The best chance in years for TIF in Washington State is upon us because of (1) the state budget...

Tips for Safe Holidays
By Wayne Adams–Dec 16, 2011
Happy Holiday Season from GeoEngineers! It’s the season for lights, cheer and snowflakes, that wonderful time of the year for sharing gifts and time with friends and loved ones. To keep the season fun, festive and cheerful, here are a few common-sense precautions to help you keep safe for the...

New Year’s Wish
By Kurt Fraese–Dec 29, 2011
Welcome 2012! I want to share with you a wish I have for the new year—that is, for our society to increase the value it places on science and the application of engineering. Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is particularly relevant when it...