“It’s important for businesses to work green because it just makes sense — for a company’s bottom line, as well as for the sustainability of the community. This is the only earth we have and it’s all our responsibility to preserve and protect it,” said Marta Alvarez, P.E., L.S., M.ASCE (Registered Civil Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor), and President of YCE, Inc., a full-service civil engineering and land-surveying firm.
“Living and working green is second nature for me,” continued Alvarez. “As an engineer, sustainable practices are really engrained in how we
Since (1986), YCE, Inc., has built a solid reputation for providing quality services to municipalities, architects, developers, individual landowners, contractors, and other engineering firms, developing plans to support commercial, city, and private infrastructure.
Alvarez first read about the City of Ventura’s Certified Green Business program online at the city’s website.
“We were ‘green’ way before it was fashionable,” said Alvarez. “However, I felt becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business would be a great way to expand our sustainable efforts.”
A sampling of YCE’s eco-friendly, in-house practices include recycling bottles, cans and paper, purchasing Energy Star equipment, cycling to & from work, using energy saving light bulbs, timers on lights, and purchasing recycled content paper.
“When we print, whenever possible, we use both sides of the paper,” said Alvarez. “We also reuse paper as scratch pads.”
To conserve water, YCE installed low flow toilets and faucets and posts water conservation stickers in their bathroom and kitchen.
“To minimize our energy consumption, we’re currently now in the process of changing out all our office lighting to LED,” added Alvarez. “We also have appointed one of our personnel as the designated Green Supervisor for office operations. This helps with the expansion of our green efforts and keeps our staff up-to-date on eco-friendly practices and initiatives.”
Marta Alvarez and YCE are having a banner year. This past summer, Alvarez earned a scholarship to attend the American Agri-Women Legislative Fly-in in Washington DC. She joined 50+ fellow agricultural advocates from across the country to meet with Senators, members of Congress, the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss current agricultural issues such as sustainable practices and the Clean Water Act.
In January, Alvarez was selected to receive the Engineer of the Year award from the Society of Women Engineers – San Buenaventura Section presented at the National Engineer’s Banquet held at the Ronald Reagan Library during Engineer’s Week. And in February, Alvarez was named one of three national winners in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “Dream Big” contest for her submission on What Civil Engineering has meant to her. Her award win, in part, includes the opportunity to host an IMAX “Dream Big,” movie premiere event to be held in Ventura County in February 2017. Because youth outreach is another of Alvarez’s passions, YCE will award two scholarships during the Dream Big movie premiere to local female students pursuing degrees in Engineering or Agriculture. More details about the scholarships and the local movie premiere event will be announced in the coming months on YCE’s website: www.YCEinc.com.
“I get to invite 200 of my closest friends,” chuckles Alvarez. “In addition to being a super fun event, since many folks don’t really know exactly what it is that civil engineers do, the film, produced by MacGillivray Freeman Productions and sponsored by Bechtel and ASCE, is great way to showcase the types of innovative and ground-breaking work done by engineers around the world.”
To view a clip from “Dream Big,” visit: http://macgillivrayfreeman.com/dream-big/
To learn more about YCE, Inc., visit: www.YCEinc.com or go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YCEinc
To find out more about becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business, contact Lars Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org
Y.C.E. Inc., Engineers & Surveyors,
1587 Morse Avenue, Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003, (805) 650-6995