Over 2 Million Safe Hours Worked
No company in our industry can succeed without an exceptional safety record, so we were extremely thankful to recently celebrate 2 million hours worked without a total recordable or lost time incident! This significant milestone demonstrates our employees’ commitment to safe work. This dedication to safety means that our employees go home at the end of each day, safe and sound, where they continue to practice safety on home and community projects. We are grateful for our employees’ commitment, and for our company’s ES&H leadership team comprised of Susan Blackburn, Jeanette Widman, and Dirk Van Hoesen, all of whom set an example and lead with vigilance.
Strata-G’s 15th Anniversary
Strata-G celebrated our 15 year anniversary in a festive way with the home office packed to overflowing with nearly 200 well-wishers, Bruster’s Ice Cream truck parked outside, and Dan’s recap of our journey thus far that has been propelled by great customers and non-negotiable core values.
Our office staff will have to go a long way to top this one. What will they do when we celebrate our 20th?
We Are The Help Until Help Arrives
The pain and suffering we have witnessed in Houston and the Gulf region are moving us to want to help. After all, one of our core values is service. If you want to help, below are reputable local organizations that are accepting donations through their web sites.
Houston Food Bank
Corpus Christie Food Bank
Houston Chapter of the SPCA
United Way Houston
Check with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
Monarch Waystation 17288
Strata-G is now a certified Monarch Waystation! This means we are providing migrating monarch butterflies with milkweeds, nectar plants, and shelter; and are thereby contributing to monarch conservation and to the continuation of monarch migration in North America. Thanks to Kate Honebrink for designing and planting the monarch garden. Stop by in September when, hopefully, dozens of miraculous monarchs will be flitting around our garden, storing up energy before migrating to their northern Mexican wintering forest habitat.
In July, the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness announced that Strata-G was named, for the 3rd year in a row, a 2017 Healthier Tennessee Workplace. We won the award for our commitment to encouraging and enabling employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. Here’s how we’re doing that:
• Encouraging and enabling physical activity in the workplace
• Offering healthy eating options at work
• Providing a tobacco-free environment and helping with tobacco cessation
• Encouraging and enabling employees to monitor our own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups
Kate Honebrink, our Wellness Coordinator, has a goal to increase the overall health and wellness of our employees each year. The Healthier Tennessee Workplace program provides sound guidance in achieving that goal.
On a recent summer Saturday, an intrepid band of Strata-G cyclists rode the Virginia Creeper Trail, 17 miles downhill from White Top to Damascus.Pictured here are Brett McGregor, Paul Honebrink, Kate Honebrink, Dan Hurst, Dwight Cross, Courtney Manrod, Mike Manrod, and Josh Hurst. This outing was such a hit, that a second one is in the works for early October. Tune up your bikes and join in the fun.
Most of us have mentors in our lives, people who inspire us to grow and learn. One of Dan’s mentors is Jim Collins, author of the best-selling book, Good to Great. The book has guided Dan to continuously manage and lead Strata-G from good to great. Its principles so inspired Dan that he created the Good to Great pyramid that sits on his desk and outlines the 4 key disciplines of growing from good to great.
So, Dan was thrilled to meet Jim Collins and to hear him speak at a conference in California. Jim looks pleased to meet Dan, too, and learn that his work is helping another great company grow.
Pictured L-R: Danielle Cleveland, Darrell Daugherty, Dan Hurst, Elliott Barnett, Jenny Freeman, Susan Martin.
Field Trip to our Community School
In 2016, Strata-G adopted a community school, West View Elementary. It was exciting to take a field trip recently to the school and meet with Susan Martin, West View community school coordinator. West View vibrates with energetic kids, engaged staff, and committed families and partners. From the playground, students are reminded of future possibilities with a view of UT, framed by the Great Smokies. We intend to help them achieve their goals along the way.
Strata-G Leads Children’s Tour of the West Tennessee Solar Farm
Our Infrastructure Division Manager, Elliott Barnett, manages the West Tennessee Solar Farm for the Research Foundation of UT. As part of his responsibilities, Elliott regularly tours school groups interested in learning about solar power. You can tell by his big grin that Elliott has as much fun doing it as the kids! What a great place to be on a beautiful sunny day.
Greater Knoxville Business Journal
From the May 2017 issue of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. We’ve grown and thought you’d be interested to see where we rank in number of local employees relevant to local Knoxville-area environmental engineering & consulting firms.
Strata-G’s Smoky Mountain Service Dog Growing Up
Joey Harmon, SGS employee at ETTP, had the idea to adopt a Smoky Mountain Service Dog to serve a severely wounded veteran. You voted to donate towards this at our Christmas party to allow SMSD to sponsor 2 pups, the first which
is Cade, shown here. The video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IELnKDyDTq4 shows how our donation towards Cade’s upbringing will make a significant difference in a disabled vet’s life. Thanks, Joey, for a terrific idea. Cade looks like he fits right in with the Strata-G team!
Congratulations, Strata-G SASEF Award Winners!
Each year, Strata-G rewards student achievers with a $500 Environmental Stewardship Scholarship at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair. This year’s winners are Meredeth Matteson and Trevor Good from Lenoir City High School with the project, “R-Values for Alternative Building Materials.”
Thanks to our Strata-G volunteer judges in addition to Janna: Jeannette Widman, Mark Brummette, Darrell Daugherty, Karen Atchley, Becca Rogers, Jason Case, and Leah Berry. Leah said “the shock and excitement on the faces of our winners when their award was announced was worth their time and effort.”
Safety Topic: Safety Begins at Home
Strata-G, a member of the National Safety Council, qualified for three NSC safety awards that recognize the safety record of our home office employees!
1. The Perfect Record Award recognizes organizations that have completed a period of at least 12 consecutive months without incurring an occupational injury or illness that resulted in days away from work or death.
2. The Safety Leadership Award recognizes organizations that have achieved five or more consecutive years without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days away from work.
3. The Occupational Excellence Achievement Award recognizes organizations with injury and illness records better than or equal to 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for their NAICS code.
Performance in Excellence Achieved
Last year Strata-G began a journey toward performance excellence through a state-administered program, the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE), a program open to companies and non-profit organizations throughout Tennessee. Strata-G’s Quality Manager, Tammy Phillips, led the rigorous process of self-assessment and preparation of an extensive application submitted in July 2016 and two days of intense interviews by a TNCPE committee. As a result, Strata-G was the awarded the Level 2 Commitment Award. This award recognizes Strata- G’s serious commitment to and implementation of performance improvement principles. Strata-G accepted the award at the 24th Annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on March 2 in Nashville.
Strata-G Judges at Science Fair
In support of our Education Outreach program, Strata-G provided judges for the 7th grade Science Fair at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Winners moved on to the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, March 27-30, at Thompson Boling Arena.
Pictured Left to Right: Dawn Moyers, science teacher; Mark Maki, a Strata-G colleague; and Strata-G employees Mark Brummett, Jason Case, Doug Gerrick, John Patterson, and Leah Berry.
Safety Topic: the Pre-Job Briefing
Strata-G employees consistently play at the championship level either in the office or at the site. Safety champion, Tom Bock, recommends an effective tool, the pre-job briefing, held prior to a full job briefing, to help us stay at that level of engagement. Advantages of the pre-job brief:
1. Allows us time to prepare for the briefing,
2. Discusses specifics rather than generalities,
3. Allows us to speak up, and ask questions,
4. Allows for active discussion among
5. Is conducted in a non-distracting environment,
6. Makes the briefings more efficient.
Playing at the highest level requires more communication than ever.
Strata-G Plays a Leadership Role in Advancing Clean Energy
Last month, you read about our involvement with the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Coalition, a non- profit organization of 40 companies and agencies that champions advanced energy as a job creation and economic development strategy. If you took a moment to look at the short video, you are probably wondering about the renewable energy projects in which Strata-G has played a major role. Here’s an opportunity to learn about two projects, one described by Elliott Barnett, the second by Janna Nash. Elliott talks about the work he has done with a client to establish CNG as the preferred fuel for its vehicle fleet. Janna describes her project with Maryville College to retrofit the Crawford House to LEED Gold, not a small task when you consider the advanced age of the House. The Crawford House is the 2nd oldest building in the United States to have attained the LEED Gold level.
Congratulations to the Strata-G combined workforce which surpassed 2 million hours without a total recordable or lost time incident. This is a significant milestone that demonstrates your collective efforts and commitment to working safely. Dan reminded us in a recent email to continue, as we move forward in 2017, to prioritize working, driving, and living safely, whether you are at home, at your site, or in the office, so that we can all continue to enjoy the future with our loved ones.
Thanks to each of you for your hard work and continued attention to safety!
Strata-G Advances Renewable Energy through the TAEBC
Strata-G is a member of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Coalition, a non-profit organization of 40 companies and agencies that champions advanced energy as a job creation and economic development strategy. Dan was a founder of the TAEBC and is a current Board member. The TAEBC educates public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy assets, establishes strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and informs policy that expands and strengthens the industry.
Recently, the TAEBC created several videos about its mission, including the one in the link below. Each video features Dan or Elliott or Janna Nash who discuss Strata-G’s emphasis on advanced energy as a potential market in which to grow and contribute. The video is about 3 minutes long.