OCSS offers its clients a range of services designed to improve environmental performance and boost economic efficiency. Since no two organizations function in exactly the same way, OCSS works with its clients to tailor services to meet each organization's unique environmental and economic needs. In addition, we recognize many entities face economic, time, and expertise constraints when it comes to tackling environmental sustainability goals. As such, we actively seek ways to minimize the costs of our customized services. In many instances, we are able to offer some level of assistance at little to no cost for participating organizations.
Whether you're simply seeking more information or needing to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan, we welcome the opportunity to work with your organization on achieving your sustainability goals. As such, we have detailed below a few of our key services, so you can better understand how we might assist you. If you don't see the exact service you're seeking, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our office to discuss your specific needs.
Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance
Every organization produces pollution, which can be in the form of solid waste, toxic waste, air emissions, waste water, and/or wasted energy. All of these waste streams come with a cost, and in some cases double the cost when considering purchasing and disposals expenses. By approaching these waste streams from a pollution prevention perspective, organizations can reduce their waste volumes, lower purchasing and/or disposable costs, improve worker safety, reduce liabilities, and improve their image within the community.
OCSS can help organizations wanting to implement pollution prevention practices. We can assist with any phase of pollution prevention efforts - from assessment to implementation to monitoring. Types of activities OCSS can aide with include:
In order to effectively improve environmental performance, an organization needs to look at its operations from a holistic perspective. When an entity focuses solely on one specific problem, it may fail to see how the operating structures or policies contribute both to the problem and the solution. As such, OCSS works with key organizational members to examine operations from an economic, environmental and social perspective. Through examination of these interconnected elements, practical solutions for improving environmental performance not only manifest, but also have a better opportunity to succeed.
Key assessment services offered by OCSS include:
All organizations need energy supplies to run their operations. With energy costs continuing to rise, these entities will see an increasing impact on their financial performance from their demand for energy. In order to control these costs, organizations need to understand how and where they are using energy. Once these questions have been answered, cost-effective strategies for controlling energy costs can be developed, implemented, and evaluated - leading to significant costs savings over the lifetime of the organization.
OCSS offers a full-range of energy auditing services to its clients. With a Certified Energy Auditor on staff, we are able to complete energy audits for organizations ranging from small businesses to industrial manufacturers. In addition, when clients combine our energy auditing services with our Pollution Prevention Internship program, they can not only better understand their energy consumption but also receive direct, on-site assistance for conserving energy resources.
Indoor Air Assessments
Thanks in part to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, OCSS now has the capability to provide indoor air quality assessments for organizations throughout the Ozarks. Whether your looking for a better understanding of the quality of air in your workplace or needing to conduct air quality testing for LEED certification, OCSS may be able to assist you. For more information on our available testing metrics, please contact our office.
OCSS staff members gladly work with entities throughout the Ozarks to help educate employees and the general public about sustainability issues. As such, OCSS staff provides their time and expertise to help fulfill needs for speakers at meetings, conferences, on panel discussion boards, or through written commentary. Given the various backgrounds of our staff members, we can generally address most topics related to sustainability.
Implementing programs or policies designed to improve environmental performance requires effective on-site management. In many cases, organizations do not have the staff expertise to develop or oversee these types of programs and strategies. With a little training, however, most entities can overcome this common barrier.
We provide both on-site and off-site training programs for those organizations that need to invest in environmental professional development for some or all of their staff. In the past we have partnered with area community colleges to offer one-day "crash"? courses, but we also teach full semester-length courses through Drury University. In addition, we can develop customized training programs for delivery to key personnel and/or general employees at your facility. As with all our services, we do our best to account for unique situations and needs, and will work with you and your budget to design a program specifically-suited for your organization.