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Sustainability needs to replace environmental compliance

Environmental compliance has always been a game of lagging indicators that creates a drain on profitability and is a necessary, but often inconvenient, requirement of doing business. Unlike a building permit or an elevator inspection, which cause minimal disruption, environmental compliance is a continuous process that can have a significant impact on an organization’s operational […]

42 Gallons per Barrel

The question I am asked most frequently when people find out I work in the oil industry, is “Why is a barrel of oil 42 gallons and not 55 gallons?” This used to surprise me, as one would think that pollution and climate change would be the hot topic. Amazingly, dirty oil and greenhouse gases […]

Automated restrooms are ruining society – or at least my little corner of it.

The first instance of automation dates back to 1745 when Edmund Lee patented a device to automatically tent the sails on windmills. Soon after, in 1785, Oliver Evans invented an automated system to run a flour mill. Evans’ automatic flour mill has been cited as the first completely automated industrial process. Since the late 18th […]