We are very excited to announce a new master services agreement with Federal Energy Solutions of Siemens Industry, Inc. Berghorn Group will provide independent project review (technical feasibility and constructability) for a variety of correctional facility energy performance contracting (EPC) projects as well as provide development services for newly-acquired EPC retrofit projects. We are looking forward to a long-term and fruitful relationship with Siemens as we grow our footprint nationally, and diversify our corrections vertical market presence into the federal facilities niche.
Dr. George Berghorn has been appointed to a two year term on the American Correctional Association's Clean and Green Committee. The committee is charged with helping advance sustainable practices within correctional facilities and is a resource for the ACA sustainable practices accreditation standard. The committee is made up of a wide variety of corrections practitioners, sustainability experts, technology providers, and academics and meets twice per year during ACA conferences. The committee is currently undertaking a national survey of sustainable practices in corrections and hopes to publish Phase I survey results later this year. Dr. Berghorn is heading up this effort along with five other members.
Berghorn Group Contracted to Research the Role of Ex-Offenders as Entrepreneurs in Michigan's Legacy Cities
We're a little late in announcing this, but 2015 started off with great news. We were awarded a contract to conduct research through the Michigan State University Center for Regional Economic Innovation. Our research project is titled, "P3 - Pathways from Prison to Prosperity: A Framework for Training Offenders to be Entrepreneurs in Legacy Cities." We will be working to include sustainability-related practices in this framework as we continue collaborating with GreenPrisons.org.
Berghorn Group Principal Selected as NIC Technical Assistance Provider for Marion County Detention Center
George Berghorn has been selected as a TA provider for the Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon, KY. Dr. Berghorn will work with Jailer Barry Brady and his team to provide a Level 2 sustainability audit and plan to implement cost savings measures related to energy efficiency, water conservation, wastewater management, solid waste and recycling, green cleaning, transportation fuels, and offender programming/jobs. The audit is scheduled to take place during mid-November.
George Berghorn has been named a Technical Resource Provider for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). His main focus will be sustainability auditing and planning for jails. The NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons which provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.The NIC awards funds through cooperative agreements to support program priorities. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement of a project funded through an NIC technical assistance grant!
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the accreditation body for over 200 zoos and aquariums, announced the adoption of a new sustainability standard at its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Berghorn Group is able to help you navigate the new standard and implement cost-saving sustainability programs that meet your organizational goals and keep you ahead of new requirements. Contact us today and let us be your solution to AZA sustainability requirements.
George H. Berghorn shares his thoughts about an ongoing research program focused on ending the cycle of private property abandonment in Michigan.