Motor Oil – Polluting Our Environment

Everyone has seen the effects of large oil spills from tankers and what they do to our oceans and wildlife. This is definitely a problem but it does not tell the whole story of how oil pollutes our environment. Most people do not realize that motor oil from our cars, trucks, and any other vehicles is ruining our waterways. In this article I will expain how this takes place and some basic things the average person can do to help prevent the problem from getting worse.

Whenever it rains, all of the oil that leaks from our vehicles is washed a multitude of storm drains and eventually ends up in our lakes, streams and rivers. This does not mean that your vehicle has to have a major oil leak for it to contribute to this problem. All vehicles to some degree will lose some oil onto our roadways. In fact, used motor oil is our largest source of oil pollution and over 20 million gallons of oil end up in our waters every single year. Out of all of this oil, roughly only a little over 10% is from tanker spills or pipelines. The other 90% is oil from our vehicles, fuel dumping from airplanes, and oil from millions of recreational boaters.

This type of oil pollution from cars is much more widespread than people realize mainly because they do not dissolve in water like some other oils. A single pint of motor oil will spread into a slick larger than 100 yards in diameter. This oil does not just pollute our waterways but it also affects our drinking water and ultimately our health. Water treatment plants must spend millions of dollars to try to make this water safe for us to drink.

Not only is this dangerous for us but it kills an unbelievable amount of animals each year as birds, fish and other wildlike end up ingesting this oil. The main thing that we can do to help prevent this problem from getting worse is to clean up any oil spills that may happen no matter how small. This includes small oil spills in your driveway or when changing your oil. Always dispose of your used oil at a recycling facility as well. Finally, make sure that you get any oil leaks on your vehicle fixed as soon as possible. By taking these small steps you can feel good about doing your part to keep our planet clean.

If you found this article helpful and are looking for other ways to save our planet, you might want to check out the following links – Home Wind Generators and Home Solar Energy

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Child Care and Facility Management: A New Perspective

Child Care and Facility Management was produced in 1995 by the General Services Administration. The DVD follows a facility manager who is planning on opening a child care facility in the office space she manages. She learns by visiting an already operating child care facility in an office environment to learn about the special needs and requirements needed for a safe office facility environment for child care.

Athough the focus is on setting up a child care facility in an office environment, the valuable lessons really apply to any child care facility – whethere a stand alone facility or one integrated into a business environment.

This DVD has a runtime of approximately 24 minutes.

Child Care and Facility Management: A New Perspective

The List for Thanks

With a little thought there is quite a list of things to be thankful for even when staying on the topic of energy and fuels.

There is the physics of the universe and all its marvels, the exchange between energy and matter, reactions that release energy and the amazing array of chemicals that can store energy.

The solar system we have is kindly as solar systems go, abundant with enough or plenty of all the elements humanity needs.  Over the eons much as already become ready, setting the stage for more progress.

People have intelligence, a willingness to modify and adapt, so bringing progress ever more speedily.  Its been a long time since man first figured out how to control and use a fire, now we can burn heavy elements and release their power.  Its gone so far that man can compel elements to combine releasing even more energy.

My thankfulness for our circumstances is profound.

There is even cause to be thankful for our our nature.  The creativity, innovation, development, design, investment and skills to operate complex and massive engineering feats that power comfortable life, enable travel over great distances at speed and provide for ever more people to enjoy standards of living unimaginable only a century ago.

Humanity has energized tools that make life so easy that life expectancy isn’t about wounds, opportunistic disease – its about destructing ourselves with our choices – things that couldn’t be available without energy use and handy fuels.

Its a marvelous time to be alive.

Best of all, we’re in a sea change of how energy is sourced, stored and used.  Perhaps the most sincere thanks is that now is a great time to watch humanity.

Here is the original: New Energy and Fuel

Why a Facilities Management Approach to Commercial Roofing Repair and Preventive Maintenance Works Best

On one level the practice of facilities management is the constant prioritizing and reassessing of which necessary facility repairs warrant immediate budget expenditures.

A commercial roofing contractor needs to understand this to effectively maintain and repair a facility’s roofing system(s).

The contractor must help the facilities manager walk the fine line between major repairs of older roofing systems and the minor repairs of new roofing systems that could become major repairs if neglected.  The idea is to maintain the newer roofing system(s) while over time bringing the older system(s) into an acceptable level of repair and performance.  It is also important for the facilities manager to understand when it is time to replace an older roofing system.  Typically that time is when too much money is being spent on the repair of an older roofing system, while too little is being spent on the necessary maintenance of newer roofing systems to prolong their life cycle.

Eventually, every commercial roofing system must be replaced. But, with inspection, maintenance and repair, building owners can extend a roofing system’s life cycle to maximize their return on investment.

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association preventive maintenance adds 30%-100% service life to a commercial roofing system. That means repair costs could be triple the cost of a preventive maintenance program over the life cycle of a commercial roofing system.

Another facilities management factor to consider in maintaining roofing systems is energy management.  Wet insulation in a roofing system loses energy.  According to the Building Owners and Managers Institute, good maintenance practices and good energy management go hand in hand. Some of the highest rates of return on energy conservation are generated simply by performing maintenance.

The key element to an effective facility asset management process is having professionals inspect those assets on a regular basis. On a periodic schedule determined with the building owner or manager the following should be done;

* Inspect the entire roofing system including flashings, drains or gutters and leaders, masonry, etc.

* Document each inspection (roof plan, inspection forms, and photo documentation). Each technician should carry a digital camera to document noteworthy roof conditions. Digital photos can be included with inspection reports.

* Perform infrared testing as needed to provide thermal energy reports to identify moisture within a roof system

* Remove all debris, clean gutters, leaders and drains

* Make minor repairs at the time of inspection.

* Provide estimates for roof repairs (or replacement if necessary)

* Comply with and document compliance with the maintenance requirements of any roofing system manufacturer warranties in effect.

Physical rooftop inspections and color infrared camera surveys are the keys to the effective documentation and analysis of energy loss, roof repair and maintenance issues.

In addition to the information gathered during roof inspections, the importance of maintaining warranty, design, installer, as-built materials data, and repair history information should be emphasized.  Contractors will benefit from assisting in the compilation of this additional data.

If this process is followed, the repair, maintenance and energy conservation of commercial roofing systems will be as cost-effective as possible.  And with this process, facilities-manager clients know years in advance of when a roofing system will have to be replaced, and what its projected expense will be.

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Mel Thompson is a commercial roofing consultant for Flagship Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., Inc. in southeastern Massachusetts