Concerned about cleaning surfaces for homes and businesses potentially impacted by COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing Resources for Home including cleaning and disinfection recommendations. For non-porous surfaces, a bleach solution consisting of 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water will is effective for disinfection. When using bleach make sure you are in a well ventilated area, that the bleach is not expired, and never mix bleach with ammonia products. Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered Read More »
SSCI recently had the opportunity to provide Asbestos Awareness training for Galveston area historical property owners and volunteers. The presentation included discussions of asbestiform minerals, common commercial products containing asbestos, health associated with asbestos exposure, and a review of regulatory requirements for asbestos management and removal. The presentation was provided by Vice President and Board Member, Ms. Jo Drake Keim. Ms. Keim has 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting and occupational safety and health training. She has provided classroom instruction for occupational training courses in industrial hygiene, property assessments, and environmental regulations. Ms. Keim has instructed occupational and Read More »
SSCI is pleased to announce our part in the opening of a new Bridge on Brays Bayou as part of the massive $220 million undertaking to connect Houston’s parks and turn 3,000 acres into public green space. SSCI performed the environmental services for this bridge being opened, as well as the United States Army Core of Engineers (USACE) permitting, United States Coast Guard (USCG) coordination, and TxDOT environmental review. Please consider SSCI for any of your Environmental, Engineering or Construction needs. View our Services!
SSCI-Environmental is pleased to have had the opportunity to speak at the Bay Area Commercial Real Estate Network (BACREN) Monthly Luncheon on February 20, 2020. BACREN is a non-profit professional organization formed to serve Commercial Real Estate practitioners, associated businesses, investors, and the public in the Houston Bay Area, including but not limited to Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria Counties, Texas. SSCI-Environmental has been a long time sponsor and supporter of BACREN. SSCI’s Vice President, Jo Drake Keim, and Natural Resource Specialist, Allyson Graziano, presented the ins and outs of wetland mitigation for the real estate market. The audience of Read More »
SSCI Gives Back to the Community Lola’s Lucky Day is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit, all-breed dog rescue that saves homeless pets all around the Houston area. Lola’s Lucky Day originated when the founder, Larissa Gavin, moved from Wisconsin to Houston and realized the issue of animal over-population that Houston faces. In Wisconsin, shelters have empty kennels, something Texas can only dream of right now. Texas shelters struggle with the number of strays and owner surrendered pets to the extent that many shelters must euthanize adoptable pets solely due to lack of shelter space or staff to care for them. Lola’s Read More »
ABNC is partnering with Houston Audubon to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with an Early Morning Birding Hike for the first-ever Houston Bird Week! Watch a roseate spoonbill and great blue heron wade in water or watch an Osprey soar as you listen to the chirp of colorful songbirds. Located in the heart of a major migratory path, Armand Bayou Nature Center is an amazing place to go birding all year round. Spaces are limited, so register today! When: September 28, 7-9am Reservations: Reservations required Age: 12 years & up Rates: Members $10, Non Members $12 BOOK YOUR EARLY MORNING BIRDING HIKE TODAY!
SSCI has been actively involved in giving back to the local community by involvement and sponsorship in programs ranging from development of the local youth to preserving important ecosystems in the area. SSCI has always valued the lessons and skills that 4-H teaches through agricultural activities. 4-H works diligently to give children the opportunity to learn about sciences and engineering through the STEM program. 4-H’s mission is to develop life skills, leadership, and responsibility by placing children in a learning environment with interactive civic engagement. The 4-H Club has put forth a tremendous effort to provide children with access to Read More »
March 18, 2019 is Global Recycling Day! SSCI will be doing its share of recycling and waste reduction in the office environment. SSCI reuses copy paper as much as possible for internal use, and we have a designated recycling bin for paper and plastics. Plastic or Styrofoam coffee cups have been replaced by ceramic mugs in the common area to reduce waste all year round. Other ways to make the office environment greener include bringing your own lunch to work in a reusable container to reduce waste and utilizing paper clips in lieu of staples. These seemingly small actions really Read More »
“‘Ghost Fishing’ is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned. Imagine a fishing net that gets snagged on a reef or a wreck and gets detached from the fishing vessel. Nets, long lines, fish traps or any man made contraptions designed to catch fish or marine organisms are considered capable of ghost fishing when unattended, and without anyone profiting from the catches, they are affecting already depleted commercial fish stocks. Caught fish die and in turn attract scavengers which will get caught in that same net, thus creating a vicious circle.” – ghostfishing.org In Read More »