GC Environmental, New York - Mechanical and Environmental Services
GC Environmental, an environmental services company based in Bay Shore, New York, has helped companies assess and mediate environmental hazard risks since 1990. The company offers a broad range of turnkey tank, boiler, and site testing services, including remedial services that align with federal and state standards. A Qualified Heat Conversion Specialist through the New York City Clean Heat program, GC Environmental helps buildings convert to the use of cleaner fuel. The company also installs, repairs, and maintains traditional tank and boiler systems in industrial, commercial, and multi-family residential properties.
Adept at environmental site assessments and investigations for property development projects, GC Environmental tests for potable water, radon, mold, and other hazardous materials. The company also provides on-site remedial alternative evaluations and design, in addition to implementation, to help client companies bring their properties up to code. All GC Environmental employees have completed thorough training and are certified in programs that include Hazmat, Confined Space, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Staff are fully versed in up-to-date safety requirements and draw on an experienced and professional knowledge base.
Wetlands - Multifunctional Ecosystems Vital to the Environment
A national environmental consulting firm with headquarters in Bay Shore, New York, GC Environmental uses state-of-the-art technology and qualified professionals to offer services for tank testing, groundwater investigations, and transaction screenings. New York-based GC Environmental also conducts wetland studies in order to inspect the stability of wetland environments such as swamps, marshes, and bogs. Wetland ecosystems play a vital role in the environment and provide a multitude of ecological benefits.
Wetland environments consist of one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, offering a range of benefits to local watersheds, wildlife, and surrounding ecosystems. Due to fluctuating water levels and its inherent filtering capabilities for intercepting surface-water runoff, wetlands serve as natural water purification systems. They filter out sedimentation and decomposing vegetative matter, and convert chemicals into usable forms. Additionally, their presence reduces the need for the construction of costly water treatment plants.
Geological features and native plant life also work as natural flood prevention by soaking up and trapping rain, surface water, snowmelt, and flood waters. Native trees, root mats, and other native vegetation slow the speed of released floodwater, which leads to more gradual water distribution over floodplains. As a result, surrounding areas possess lower flood heights and suffer less erosion.
Swamps, marshes, and other wetland environments provide homes for a large number of native wildlife, including over one-third of the United States’ threatened and endangered species. Furthermore, many of these species exist in no other environment in the world and depend upon the wetlands’ unique features to survive.
Clean Heat: Cleaning Up NYC One Boiler Room System at a Time
Greenhouse gas emissions increased by 35 percent in the 20-year period between 1990 and 2010. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which constitute about 75 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, exhibited a 42 percent increase in this period.
The majority of CO2 emissions results from power generation and transportation, among other forms of energy production. CO2 is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, lumber, and waste products. Greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere trap the sun’s heat close to the earth and are one of the causes of global warming.
In an effort to switch over one of the earth’s largest metropolises to using so-called clean heat, GC Environmental (GCE), Inc., of New York is working as a Qualified Heat Conversion Specialist in conjunction with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Regulations for the use of clean heat were issued in April 2011. GC Environmental facilitates the process by offering consultation, coordinating with utilities, and providing financing options. Find out more about GCE’s clean heat efforts at www.greencleanenv.com.