ELM Announces New Green Campus in Monroe, Connecticut; Sustainability Team to Focus on Alternative Fuels, Eco-Friendly Best Practices, and Snow/Ice Management

STAMFORD, CT – Eastern Land Management, an environmentally-responsible commercial landscape and winter snow/ice services firm serving Fairfield County, Connecticut for more than 40 years, has opened a 6-acre, 20,000 sf campus in Monroe.

The expansion is part of ELM’s multi-year strategic investment to advance the company’s green footprint, integrate emerging technologies, and improve processes and practices to meet the stewardship needs of its clients throughout Fairfield County.

The campus will serve as a hub for its winter operations and will house ELM’s new zero-emission, all-electric fleet.  In addition, the site will include safe and sustainable salt storage, an eco-friendly brine-making facility, and a fleet of specialized vehicles and equipment for anti-icing pre-treatment, snow removal, and post-storm liquid applications during winter weather events.

“Last year, we committed to dramatically take our green game up a notch,” said Bruce Moore Jr, company president. “With a special focus on alternative fuels, and less harmful approaches, we hope to make ELM a leader in sustainability and value creation.”

The Monroe project team included: ELM CEO Bruce Moore, Sr., project lead; Claris Construction, building architect and general contractor; and Solli Engineering, land use consultant and owner’s representative. Construction began in 2017.

Company president Bruce Moore Jr. is currently leading the Monroe roll-out, with associate branch manager Greg Gross driving day-to-day operations.

The new office is located at 154 Enterprise Drive, Monroe, CT 06468. For more information contact Bruce Moore Jr. at 203-316-5433.

A Winter Readiness Checklist

Winter in New England is no fun if you manage commercial real estate. Brutal winter weather and longer-than-normal seasons can cause interruptions in service and exponential concerns for tenant and employee safety. ELM knows that facilities large and small depend on proactive measures in order to stay open for business and keep parking lots and pavements liability-free.

Our 10-step playbook for winter ensures your safety:

  1. Keeping our professional commercial equipment in quality condition and using specialized machinery that delivers versatility, functionality, and safety.
  2. Implementing snow and ice control practices that establish priorities for how removal is accomplished.
  3. Choosing appropriate and sustainable ice melting options, liquid chloride-free products, and salting strategies that balance environmental responsibility with cost, utility, temperatures and conditions.
  4. Having a risk management, snow and ice removal plan in place to assure that commercial properties have adequate protection for weather events.
  5. Eliminating slip, trip and falls on sidewalks and pavements by keeping sidewalks, parking lots and ADA access ramps free of snow and ice accumulation.
  6. Evaluating drainage issues and wet walking surfaces across pedestrian areas.
  7. Deploying a highly-trained ELM snow team led by SIMA (Snow and Ice Management Association)-certified advanced snow professionals and equipment operators who practice emergency drills and train in the off-season.
  8. Using proprietary weather forecasting software to assist in anticipating dangerous storm conditions and clean-up needs.
  9. Having an emergency storm response team available 24/7.
  10. Having a communications plan to provide you with critical guidance when needed.

ELM is proud to be named one of Snow Magazine’s snow leaders for 2018, and proud, too, of our commitment to the professional organizations that drive continuous learning and improvement: Snow and Ice Management Association, the Accredited Snow Contractors of America, and community-wide business councils throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut, where we can be an advocate for landscape and grounds safety.

For information on ELM’s snow operations policies, programs or risk management protocols, contact President, Bruce Moore, Jr. at 203-316-5433.

 

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What Do Tenants Want?

According to a number of studies on millennials and the changing needs of the next-gen workplace, employers who want to recruit and retain top talent, and building managers who want to lease to and retain high quality tenants, the answer is: health, wellness and amenities.

Chief among these is the need to think about features that increase social connections.  Healthier people are happier people and data suggests that nature plays a strong role in contributing to both. Plants, trees, and foliage offset negative impacts from poor building air and light systems; bike paths and nature trails foster fitness, and converted outdoor workspaces wired for Wi-Fi boost productivity and engagement. Rooftop gardens with lounge areas and recreational areas give people a chance to freshen their perspective.

“A lot of these approaches are already part of strategic landscape thinking,” said Bruce Moore Jr, president of ELM and an advocate for landscapes that impact healthier lifestyles. “The demand exists, it’s just a matter of understanding that most of the amenities can be added for relatively low cost once the infrastructure is in place.”

Some of the best ways to introduce more green features include transforming loading docks to landscaped walkways, opening up interiors for large planted atriums that bring in natural light, and green walls – vertical plantings and living art forms that extends the building’s brand.

LEED designations, WELL-certifications, and corporate sustainability goals are reviving interest in finding better ways to create a bridge between the built and landscaped environment. Green roofs, in particular, with roof decks, lounge areas, putting greens and bocce ball courts, are thriving in urban business corridors and emerging bedroom communities where corporate HQs, redeveloped commercial properties, and aging office parks are being turned into highly desirable office space.

Workplace amenities that attract people, attract business.  “With blurred lines between personal and professional lives impacting everyone, workplaces no longer exist merely for career paths,” said Moore. “Adding nature into the equation ups the ante to create better places to live, work and play overall.”

That, and the case for the business benefits of a sustainable footprint, whether on the roof or on the ground. “People today expect more: property managers and owners want return on investment, employees want features they can use, and investors want to spend less for more.”

To learn more about tenant amenities and green roofs, updating your Class A property landscape or making your Class B property more competitive, contact ELM President, Bruce Moore Jr. at 203-316-5433.

Photo: The green roof at The Cooper-Union in Manhattan was revitalized by ELM to include lounge areas, a bocce ball court, and reception and entertaining space.

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James E. Gorton Joins ELM’s Conservation Program

Eastern Land Management, an award-winning, full-service commercial landscape company serving Fairfield County, Connecticut, and greater metropolitan New York, is pleased to welcome James E. (Jamie) Gorton to its resource conservation team.

“Water efficient landscaping and waste reduction are front-and-center initiatives for ELM and for commercial property owners and managers pursuing LEED credits and green goals,” said ELM President, Bruce Moore, Jr. “It is a win-win: conservation drives a reduction in net resource usage, strengthens landscape resilience and reduces environmental impacts.”

A fourth-generation Connecticut native, Jamie’s lived and worked in the arid southwest regions of the U.S., and has a visionary passion for irrigation system design, alternate water sources, data-based water management technologies, and water-efficient landscaping.  Jamie is well qualified for this position and holds advanced certifications from the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the Irrigation Association.

“Adapting to change is not easy and although Connecticut has successfully weathered periods of drought, water-quality regulations and evolving technology means strategic water-use planning is an important current and future issue,” said Jamie. “The way outdoor water is managed has a direct impact on the property’s performance and by promoting sustainability, we help commercial real estate owners and managers in their pursuit of credits to certify their sites as environmentally responsible and help them develop measurements for success.”

Jamie will be based at ELM’s Monroe, Connecticut office, and is currently working with clients on their strategic planning to drive conservation priorities for the coming year.

For more information on water management and sustainable best practices, contact Bruce Moore Jr. at 203-316-5433.

Bruce Moore Sr. Honored with Landscape Industry Leadership Award

ELM Founder and CEO, Bruce Moore Sr., is a recipient of Lawn & Landscape magazine’s 2018 Leadership Award.

The awards were given at an October 17 media event held in conjunction with LANDSCAPES2018, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) annual conference and expo held in Louisville, Kentucky.

With more than 40 years in the landscaping industry, Bruce Moore Sr. continues to be great friend to colleagues and clients, an inspiration to countless ELM employees, and a shining light in his community as a volunteer, philanthropist, and payer of all things forward.

To learn more about Bruce’s four-plus decades of service and leadership, go to:  October Lawn & Landscape Moore to Give

Photo:  Editor Brian Horn and Bruce Moore Sr.

 

 

Bruce Moore Sr., Receives Snow Industry Leadership Award

In an award ceremony held at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, ELM Founder and CEO Bruce Moore Sr. was inducted into the snow industry leadership class of 2018.

Under Bruce’s leadership, ELM has more than doubled in size and currently supports a seasonal crew of 150 safety and risk management professionals dedicated to emergency storm response, proactive snow and ice and winter services.

Eastern Land Management serves the commercial real estate industry as an all-season value chain partner throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut and greater metropolitan New York.

Read more about Bruce’s incredible leadership journey in “Snow Pro”, an article featured in the September 2018 issue of Snow Magazine

 

 

 

ELM Receives Top Honors from National Association of Landscape Professionals

Eastern Land Management was recognized with two 2018 Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals for its work at Merritt7 Commercial Office Park, Norwalk CT, and Landmark Square, Stamford, CT.

The annual awards program, now in its 49th year, salutes landscape projects that exemplify the best in their category and address unique areas of expertise and proficiency.

 

“We accept these prestigious awards on behalf of our clients,” said ELM President Bruce Moore Jr. “Our team displays discipline and dedication to their work and this recognition underscores our commitment to continue delivering quality and best practices across our entire service portfolio.”

 

The awards will be presented at the national association’s annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at LANDSCAPES2018, the industry’s annual conference and expo in Louisville KY, October 18, 2018.

 

The landscape competition has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the nation and reflects the rapidly evolving professionalism that the industry represents.

 

Photo:  Merritt7, the Charles O. Perry sculpture garden.

 

 

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BRUCE MOORE JR. NAMED PRESIDENT OF EASTERN LAND MANAGEMENT

Eastern Land Management announced today that Bruce Moore Jr. has been named President of the commercial landscape services firm founded in 1976 by his father, ELM CEO Bruce Moore Sr.

As President, he will be responsible for driving ELM’s ongoing transformation into a growth-oriented, customer-centered firm and implementing innovation across ELM’s portfolio of services.

“Bruce’s experience in brand-building will be instrumental as we transform our business to serve and deliver greater value for property and facility managers, and owners and developers throughout metropolitan New York, and Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester Counties Connecticut,” said Bruce Moore Sr.

Along with the transition in leadership, ELM announced the opening of a second location in Monroe, Connecticut, an expansion that boosts the firm’s ability to respond to the fast-changing needs of its customers and service partners. The 6-acre Monroe site will provide jobs and training for a growing workforce.

ELM has built its brand on personal service and a keen understanding of commercial real estate and tenant needs. “Property managers needs are changing and the growth of a consolidated marketplace requires us to be leaner and more agile across as we transform our business for the future,” said Bruce Moore Jr.

During Bruce Moore Jr.’s tenure at ELM, he has held a number of positions, starting in the field as a gardener and crew leader, growing into project management, account service, operations and management. He has a degree in business management from Curry College in Milton, Mass. and is active in the greater Stamford business community.  He is a member of Southern Connecticut BOMA, national green and snow industry associations NALP and SIMA, regional water management boards, chambers of commerce, regional economic development committees, a member of the board of directors of the Stamford Boys & Girls Club, and an active member of HigherGround peer group for landscape executives.

“I’m proud and humbled to receive this honor,” said Bruce Moore Jr. “My father has been instrumental in helping this company, and me, reach extraordinary heights, while creating a bilingual environment where every member of the ELM family is fluent in our mission and empowered to reach their full potential. I’m honored to carry his unique vision, and the passion and leadership he continues to represent, into the future.”

Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, ELM is one of the largest providers of commercial landscape, water management, and snow and ice services serving metropolitan New York and Connecticut.

For more information, contact 203.316-5433 or go to www.easternland.com

 

 

Green Technologies Help Property Managers Move Toward a Culture of Alternative Fuel Sources and Reduced Environmental Impacts.

ELM recently launched its alternative fuels and advanced engine technology program as an effective way to improve air quality and support commercial property LEED® initiatives.

To support the firm’s fuel forward goals, ELM is working with Mean Green Mowers and Green Works Commercial Equipment on an energy action plan that includes growing its fleet of electric mowers and trimmers.

Beyond the initial focus of reducing environmental impacts on commercial landscapes, ELM is promoting innovation in green performance and value improvements that support higher standards in leaner service cycles, while providing real estate clients with the right information to drive sustainable decisions and make their properties more competitive and attractive for tenants.

 

  • Embracing automation: ELM is working with its suppliers to test and deploy next generation robotic mowers, and use renewable energy and alternative fuels to reduce cost, maintenance and emissions; apply GPS and mobile time tracking software, customer relationship management software, digital communications and reporting tools, to improve performance, and underscore ELM’s sense of responsibility to run a leaner and cleaner operation.
  • Accelerating turn-around. The speed at which ELM can roll out new greener services and technology improves its ability to scale up. ELM is committed to forecasting client needs and investing in proactive team training and tools to improve bottom line goals.
  • Optimizing data for continuous improvement. ELM captures data from benchmarking studies, customer surveys, and process improvements to shape its ability to be faster, more flexible and a more client-centered service company.
  • Increasing efficiencies to become more competitive, cost-effective risk managers. Seasonal weather events, such as hurricanes, blizzards and droughts, drive ELM’s proactive commitment to safety. Weather forecasting software, advanced training for snow/ice and emergency storm response keeps ELM on top of potential risk factors to prevent problems before they happen.
  • Innovating water management to improve environmental concerns. ELM is coordinating with utility companies, manufacturers and conservation specialists to educate its clients about drought and resource management. ELM’s water management program delivers on tight budgets to repair deteriorating irrigation systems and improve conservation metrics with cloud-based technologies designed to improve sustainability profiles, safeguard ground water quality, and reduce annual water costs.

For information on improving your green footprint, assessing the aesthetics of your facility’s open space, implementing sustainable approaches to irrigation, stormwater filtration, or creating a stronger continuity of pedestrian-friendly common areas, contact Vice President, Operations, Bruce Moore, Jr. at 203-316-5433.

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It’s Tick Season. How Landscape Modifications Can Protect Your Employees.

Tick-borne diseases are an emerging health problem. In fact, the number of people getting diseases from ticks, mosquito and fleas, is on the rise.  In Fairfield County, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is advising its residents to take added tick prevention measures, at home and at work, to avoid the tick-borne Lyme disease.

The best defense is to manage risk. Currently, no vaccines are available in the U.S. against any tick-borne disease so landscape adjustments and the use of integrated pest management are among the most effective ways to reduce exposure, especially on commercial properties featuring high grass, brushy or wooded areas, and areas adjacent to ornamental plantings, walls, and walking trails.

ELM recommends the following tick control measures:

  • Increase buffer zones to increase sunlight, reduce tick habitat, and discourage rodent hosts.
  • Create clean and clearly defined borders between planted areas, beds, and lawns.
  • Cut back wood and brush lines to protect pedestrians from brushing up against vegetation.
  • Introduce mulch or gravel barriers between wooded areas and lawns.
  • Clear brush, debris and leaf litter, especially along edges of walls, driveways, and lawns.
  • Add hardscape, such as stone, tile, and gravel paths to increase tick safe buffer zones.
  • Manage or remove invasive plant species that provide habitat for ticks carrying Lyme disease.
  • Keep lawn areas mowed.
  • Discourage foraging deer by introducing deer-resistant annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Apply deer repellents to limit deer feeding territory.
  • Use a safe and sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) program that uses either organic or insecticidal methods to reduce risk, and monitor and control disease-bearing insect populations during summer’s warmer months.

For more information on ELM’s pest, tick, mosquito and flea-management program, contact Vice President, Operations, Bruce Moore, Jr. at 203-316-5433.

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Photo: Adult black legged (deer) tick.