Field Notes
Achieving Net Zero Energy Buildings
By – Jul 12, 2012
Net zero is a term used to describe buildings with zero net energy consumption and zero annual carbon emissions. As a practitioner in sustainability, I’m a fan of net zero energy and subscribe to the mindset that you must start with conservation. This mindset also applies to another passion of mine...

A Sustainable Solution Should Be the Simple One (Occam’s Razor)
By – Jun 29, 2012
We all learned about Occam's Razor in science class. If you are like me, you then quickly forgot the concept. I rediscovered it the other night, after stumbling through various science articles during one of my new favorite pastimes, following my favorite app, StumbleUpon. Over the past few years,...

Nuclear Power—Still Part of a Sustainable Energy Solution?
By – Jun 27, 2012
At the June 12 Association of Washington Business 2012 Environmental Awards luncheon, I heard Dr. Patrick Moore speak about nuclear energy. Moore is a co-founder of the Clean and Safe Energy (CASEnergy) Coalition, along with Christine Todd Whitman (former EPA Administrator). There were...

Drilling Begins on I-84 Snake River Twin Bridges Project
By – May 16, 2012
Barge and drill completing a boring for one of the new bridge piers On May 15th GeoEngineers started the second of two ten-day shifts to complete in-water drilling for replacement of two Interstate 84 bridges over the Snake River in Southern Idaho. Tabitha Trosper from the Redmond office has been...

GeoEngineers Believes Near-Miss Reporting is Good!
By Wayne Adams, CSP, CHMM – May 14, 2012
Although near-miss reporting has been a part of the culture of GeoEngineers for some time, in 2012 we decided to make it a primary focus for strengthening our safety culture. At first you might think reporting an incident that almost happened—which could have resulted in an injury, property damage...