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On Sunday May 20, 2018, during the Council of Fellows meeting held the first day of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, PEER Vice President - John M. Corliss, Jr., P.E. - assumed the chairmanship of the Council. Mr. Corliss was elected to this position during the Council meeting at the 2016 conference. He then served as the 2016 - 2017 Scribe and 2017- 2018 Chair Elect before assuming the chairmanship this year. Outgoing chair Dr. Hamid Parsaei is a renowned professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX and Texas A&M University at Qatar where he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. At the end of the Council meeting, Dr. Parsaei introduced Mr. Corliss as his successor.
Members the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Council of Fellows are individuals that have distinguished themselves through research, leadership and service to the profession of industrial and systems engineering. The mission of the council is to assist IISE through counsel and development of new ideas that advance the impact and prestige of the industrial and systems engineering profession; and to advocate for the profession to outside constituencies. The Fellow award was established in 1950 to serve as the highest grade of membership in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and recognizes outstanding leaders that have made significant contributions nationally and/or internationally to the profession. Thus, the Council of Fellows consists of many of the most prominent members of the Industrial and Systems Engineering profession. The Council provides its members a peer-to-peer forum by removing geographical boundaries through exchange of information and discussion in various platforms. The Council engages in major efforts that further the profession through idea generation and project management and through these interactions ideas are generated that are brought to IISE’s Board of Trustees (BOT) for consideration and further action.
At the request of the BOT, the Council will form a working group to develop recommendations on how the Fellows can help improve the image of Industrial Engineering (IE) through positive communication in the non-IE community. The Council also formed a working group to investigate the development of regular nationally reported measures to support decision making by government and corporate leaders.
On Tuesday, April 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off “Earth Week DC” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at HD Woodson High School in DC to celebrate the launch of one of the largest on-site solar projects in the country.
PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) is the managing partner of the DC Solar Joint Venture selected by the District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS) to develop, install, own and operate solar facilities on various municipal sites. The project now consists of 20 facilities and 2 MW of capacity. The fourteen (14) government-owned sites that were initially designated for this project are reaching completion.
PEER led the overall development effort – including securing financing through the sale of the systems upon completion – to Standard Solar Inc. and assigning the Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA). PEER also managed the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contract with our joint venture partner, Solar Park USA. PEER provided engineering design services for all the sites and secured all required municipal and utility permits. PEER provided engineering services during construction and developed O&M manuals and provided training to facility managers at each site as well as Standard Solar staff.
This project is part of the school modernization program where solar panels are installed and connected behind the electricity meter. This results in a reduction on the electricity bills for the schools, saving the schools money, and making room in the budget to add solar PV and renewable energy generation educational workshops/courses to the curriculum.
Through this project, PEER and the members of the DC Solar JV team are directly supporting
Clean Energy DC and the District’s goal of becoming the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation. Clean Energy DC is the District’s plan to shift towards clean energy (like wind and solar power) to cut pollution, save money, and create jobs. Similar to what the plan proposes, the intent and results of the On-Site Solar Power Purchasing Agreement that PEER and the DC Solar JV have been working on, is helping to achieve the goal of installing significantly more local solar power, along with systems to share energy in the respective neighborhoods.
When asked about her efforts in this project, Dr. Lilia Abron, P.E., managing partner of DC Solar (a JV) said she “commends this project and the District for demonstrating a true commitment to the vision and implementation of modernized and sustainable energy delivery systems for present and future generations to enjoy.” She goes on further to say that “we (PEER) are proud to be a leading member of the project team for this contract and we look forward to continuing to work directly with District agencies in the future to support the clean energy goals, initiatives, and efforts.”
One of the most valuable elements of this project is that the services are being provided mainly using the skills of local staff. In addition, it has expanded upon the capabilities of the diverse workforce within the emerging renewable energy marketplace. It has provided the opportunity for newly trained staff to work on their first solar project. Over two-thirds of this project as a whole is performed by local District-based Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), some with little or no prior solar experience. More specifically, the installation subcontractors are all local CBE-certified.
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we should reflect on his influence and the true impact he had on the American people and on those around the world. Dr. King was a visionary, a leader, and in essence, a “dreamer”. Dr. King urged us to ask—“what are you doing for others?”
At PEER, we take that a step further and question: “what are we doing to preserve the environment?” PEER continues on its mission to provide transformative, appropriate, and sustainable solutions to our clients’ challenging environmental problems.
If visionaries like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us anything, it is that “the time is always right to do what is right.” To PEER that means doing right by others as much as it means doing right by our planet. We need to treat the world and humankind like the ecosystem that it is by working together for the mutual benefit of the natural and built environments.
As we celebrate Dr. King, we are also preparing to celebrate a big milestone – PEER‘s 40th Anniversary! For the past 40 years and moving forward, we hope to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive through our work and our passion to obtain a cleaner and more sustainable environment for us all and for future generations to enjoy.
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Five years ago, when John Corliss, started the Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, one of his initiatives was to organize/sponsor a pre-conference, skills-based volunteer event to help a non-profit in the community, where the conference was taking place.
Every day, PEER realizes its vision as a prosperous and productive environmental company that exceeds the expectations of our clients and employees, while delivering high-quality services that enhance the natural and built environments. As a prime example and as part of our efforts to engage, educate and ensure that our staff remains current with subject matter in their assigned projects, Mr. Bipin Pokharel, an Environmental Scientist at PEER, participated in a workshop at the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) that discussed the Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) Trading Program and the RiverSmart Program.