Environmental Stewardship From Mitigation Through Restoration

M. J. Electric believes it is our duty and responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of our activities, products, and services. We promote environmental awareness and establish the behaviors and values that frame our goals for ensuring the protection, enhancement, and sustainability of the environment. MJE holds a strict no-tolerance policy when it comes to adhering to environmental and safety standards. From the permitting process through clean-up and restoration, we strive to continuously improve our environmental performance.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY GOALS

#1

To progressively improve the environmental performance of our own facilities, fleet, and operations.

#2

To be a leader in environmental practices on all our operational sites/projects for customers.

#3

To work with customers to achieve more sustainable design solutions.

Training is the Foundation for Raising Employee Awareness

Prior to construction, M. J. Electric (MJE) conducts training specific to each project environmental plan covering the environmental standards of our customers and the governing local, regional, state, and federal regulations. MJE has developed an extensive training program that is customized for each new project and mandatory for all employees on that project. During the permitting process, MJE develops mitigation plans that include general methods of reducing environmental impact during construction as well as specific methods for environmentally-sensitive areas. Part of MJE’s pre-construction planning includes locating potential threatened and endangered species sites and working with agencies such as the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Department of Natural Resources to develop mitigation procedures.

MJE has participated in numerous projects that dealt with a variety of environmentally-sensitive areas where specific erosion control plans have been developed and followed. An important message in MJE’s environmental compliance training is to treat the project right-of-way with respect as you would wish the landowner to treat your property. While clean-up and restoration procedures signal the end of another phase of construction, MJE is dedicated to leaving as small a footprint on the land as possible.

When project employees undergo environmental compliance training, special attention is given to MJE’s spill response protocols. First emphasis is placed on spill prevention including regular equipment maintenance and the importance of checking for leaks, cracks, and loose hoses. After that, training focuses on response procedures detailing everything from who to contact, to containment and clean-up procedures.

EMPLOYEE AWARENESS SYSTEM

To ensure that project employees understand areas with equipment restrictions, MJE developed a simple three color system used for both project maps and right-of-way flagging. The system (which is explained to employees during the environmental compliance training) relates to a traffic stoplight:

GO

GREEN ZONES: Lowest level of environmental concern; employ standard upland construction procedures

CAUTION

YELLOW ZONES: Standard level of environmental concern; indicate wetlands where standard practices will differ from uplands (ex: no refueling, no significant rutting, no spoil placed on the ground surface)

STOP

RED ZONES: Highest level of environmental concern; indicate equipment and/or access restrictions

Methods for Reducing or Eliminating Impact

To adequately serve our customers’ needs, MJE maintains a large fleet of major specialized equipment. Our experienced team of fleet equipment professionals continually evaluates and manages our assets ensuring equipment is available, productive, and environmentally compliant. A major component of this is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. MJE’s primary environmental compliance policies and procedures for our fleet include:

  • A No Idle Policy which states trucks and equipment are not allowed to idle with the exception during extreme temperature conditions.
  • An Equipment Tracking Tool that allows us to monitor vehicle maintenance to ensure that each vehicle is in peak operating condition and monitor idling and excessive speed.
  • Cleaner Repair & Maintenance Procedures used by our shop and field technicians who are continually trained and certified to maintain our fleet resulting in extending vehicle life, ensuring the safety of our crews, and reducing our impact on the environment.
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