Employee Insight For a Green Planet

With such an emphasis on planet friendly products, businesses are now working harder than ever to ensure that their company is not looked at or seen in a negative light because they are not doing everything in their power to go “GREEN”.  Product waste, non biodegradable materials and storm water run off are some of the key factors that are looked at when one considers how green a company is. However, there are many other ways that a company can choose to go green and help out the environment, while lower costs of products and making payouts for employees easier than ever before.

One such company is Macy’s which also owns the franchise Bloomingdales. They have created a massive online database known as their employee connection, that is allowing workers from all end of the spectrum to stay connected and up to date with all kinds of information concerning the company.  Employees can log in and this allows ones to visit the site and view many different aspects concerning their work. Some of these include being able to check pay roll, download valuable forms dealing with tax or income. This is allowing the company to cut back on paper waste that would often times end up in the trash.

The way Macys and Bloomingdales has chosen to connect with their employees is truly remarkable and has set a standard that other companies, both large and small should take a look at and see if they can “keep up with the Jones’ ” so to speak. Large changes will need to be made over time to help the environment, but small changes done by many businesses will add up, in turn making large changes overall.

As we continue to put a strain on our earth, we will need to make changes like these more and more. Can your business follow suite and offer some kind of paper less way to inform your employees of company changes, payroll, up coming events and more? Change is not easy, and these things can take time, but one should also take note that going paper less can save not only time, but can actually save much money.


04 2014

Is H Pylori an Environmental Threat?

If you set out to build a super-successful microorganism, how would you do it? First, you might ask what makes a microorganism successful. Most biologists would argue that a successful microorganism avoids being killed and therefore reproduces well and spreads widely. So, if your microorganism had an animal host, would it be better to maim and kill the host, or live quietly without causing trouble and thereby escape notice? Bacteria have caused many of humankind’s most dreaded illnesses (the plague, typhoid fever, cholera, botulism, and tetanus, to name a few). Although the names of these diseases might be household words, it could be argued that the bacteria that caused them are not particularly successful. Because they cause severe illness and/or death, they do not have an opportunity to spread widely before the host dies or becomes too ill to effectively pass the germ along. This is not the case with Helicobacter pylori.

The fact that H. pylori lives quietly inside the human stomach are what makes it such a successful organism. In most people there are no symptoms of infection, while in others the symptoms are mild. Only tiny percentage exhibit symptoms noticeable enough that the person seeks medical care, and this often occurs decades after the initial infection, leaving plenty of time to infect others along the way. Typically, the symptom that brings patients to the doctor is an intense, gnawing or burning pain in the stomach, which signals the formation of an ulcer. Ulcers were once thought to be caused by emotional stress and lifestyle (alcohol, smoking, etc.), but it is now recognized that the majority of them are the result of H. pylori infection. H. pylori infect over half the world’s population, but only about 10 percent of the population develops ulcers. This discrepancy has puzzled investigators for decades.

Why do only certain people exhibit symptoms of H. pylori infection? Is it some property of the individual, or something about the organism that makes the disease worse in some individuals than others? The answer is probably both. Individual differences in how the host’s immune system responds to infection combined with the nature of the infecting strain (i.e., what genes it carries) conspire to create greater damage in some people than in others. The diseases that H. pylori causes are thought to arise as a result of both direct damage by the bacterium and injury brought about by the host’s own immune system.


07 2011

Water Quality Control and Standards

What exactly is water quality? Simply put water quality is the biological and chemical make up or characteristics of water. The most common standards you may hear about when dealing with water quality relate to that of drinking water, safety of human consumption or contact, and for the health of our ecosystems.

What standards must be met by our nations water quality systems? First it must be decided on how a body of water will be used. Different uses cause different concerns, so therefore different standards will obviously need to be considered. Who decides these standards, and concerns?

Environmental scientists work in an effort to understand how each system works or functions and determines where a waters source is coming from allowing them to discover any contaminates. Environmental lawyers work to ensure that water is maintained at the correct quality for its purpose or identified use.

Most water on the earth is not suitable for consumption, potable or even toxic. This is not even including sea water. Earths polution plays a major role in water pollution, turning potable or drinking water into polluted water. Water quality is very complex and is tied directly into the earths ecology.

Pollution as mentioned above plays a large role in keeping large amounts of our earths surface water from being consumable by humans. Industrial pollution, storm water runoff, runoff from agricultural areas and the discharge or sewage are hurting our earths resources for good clean drinking water. In an attempt to conserve water, many people are now turning to rainwater harvesting and catching access rainwater in rain barrels. This small attempt to conserve water can actually help cut your homes landscaping and lawn water usage by 30%.

We see on a growing basis that water quality is often not up to standards for human consumption. This can be caused from bacteria and micro organisms, chemical spills, sewage runoffs or spills, and pesticides causing many people to have to boil their water before they can drink it. With such a growth in our nations population, it is no wonder why water quality is such a big issue today, and will continue to grow.

Here in the United States our water quality standards are set forth by state agencies for different types of water bodies and their locations. As part of the Clean Water Act, each jurisdiction must submit reports of water quality in their area, whether it be state, tribal entities, or territories. This clean water act or CWA insures that everyone in the US is ensured clean drinking water.

Do your part to cut back on pollution, trash, and waste. Help keep the earth clean, keeping runoff, oil, and sewage out of our drinking water. Take part in world water monitoring day, that is an international education that outreaches to help build public awareness and stimulate involvement to help protect our water recources, not only here in the United States, but around the world.


07 2009

Environmental Laws 101

Drawing the line between man and the environment has been an issue not only america has dealt with, but it has been an international problem for years. What is the purpose of environmental law? Generally speaking enviornmental law is involved in all aspects of “the environment”.

It is very complex and interlocks statutes of common law, treaties, regulations, policies, conventions…etc. In an attempt to regulate the interaction of humans and the environment on a level that allows all to operate peacefully and uniformly keeping the earth from being destroyed by those both greedy and negative towards mother earth.

What factors of mother nature does environmental law deal with on a daily basis? A few categories it keeps in check are that of air quality, water quality, global climate changes, agriculture, pesticides, species preservation, waste management and hazardous chemical storage, treatment and management.

Research to improve our nations environmental law is on going and laws are changing or being added on a daily basis, as it is seen fit to do so.  Some new laws go into effect as a means of experimentation to see how they not only affect the earth and environment, but also the general population who has to abide by the new law. These experimental laws are usually outside the bounds of traditional command and control regulations. A good citizen with good concience does not need many environmental laws in place to tell them what they can and cannot do or what they should or should not to protect mother earth.

Many environmental laws are common sense. Most people would know not to dump toxic waste into our drinking water or oceans, but there are people out there in the world today, who because of greed and money do not care about our earth or what happens to it. There are also a select few who choose to recycle certain commonly used products such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles and recyclable packing peanuts. On the other hand, you have people who are the exact opposite and could care less about the mess the make and the trash they create. This is the exact reason we have environmental firms who run staffs of environmental lawyers to prosocute those destroying the earth.

If you wish to pursue a career in environmental law, consider attending an environmental law school. There are many schools throughout the united states dedicated to teaching students the essentials of law put into place to protect our beatiful earth. Throughout this blog we hope to touch on the many aspects of how laws are set into place for not only our benefit but to benefit the earth and all its inhabitants. Please come back often and feel free to leave comments for others to read.


06 2009