An early part of E3’s Green Initiatives was to implement a recycling program at our headquarters office, which limited paper waste by increasing our use of online file storage and sharing systems. We established our headquarters in a building with an Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As E3 began to grow, so did our desire for a more robust environmental impact mitigation plan that involved encouraging all employees to get more engaged in environmental activities through our E3 Cares (community service) volunteer programs. Together, these programs help us be better stewards of the environment. The reaches of our Green Initiatives program will grow as E3 continues to grow.
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E3 Citizen Scientists
E3 encourages our employees to embrace the idea of being "citizen scientists," which encourages anyone, regardless of their education or occupation, to participate in scientific activities that benefit the study of the environment. E3 recently sponsored several scientific projects:
- E3 aims to expand the idea of "citizen scientists" to youth by providing resources for environmental science experiments or projects which our employees can share with their families. This effort works in conjunction with E3's STEM Initiative.
- E3 citizen scientists volunteered their time to help scientists recover Arctic and worldwide weather observations recorded in ships’ logs since the mid-19th century by transcribing and annotating logs as part of the Old Weather program. Participants supported the Old Weather program for over three months following their initial program orientation and surpassed their goal by submitting over 300 logs.
- E3 citizen scientists donate their time to help identify patterns in storm imagery by investigating cyclones in support of the Cyclone Center and decode the climatology of tropical cyclones throughout history. Participants supported Cyclone Center over three months following their initial orientation to the program and surpassed their goal by analyzing over 370 storms.
- As a geographically dispersed company with employees across over 30 states, E3 wants to use technology to support our Green Initiatives. Our citizen scientists collect data through the Marine Debris Tracker mobile app. The Marine Debris Tracker is a downloadable app which allows people to report where they find marine debris or litter anywhere in the world. The app allows scientists to study the movement of trash and direct cleanup crews.
E3 encourages our employees to embrace the idea of being “citizen scientists,” which encourages anyone, regardless of their education or occupation, to participate in scientific activities that benefit the study of the environment. With this focus on being citizen scientists and gaining a deeper understanding of how science shows up in the many things that we do, E3 explored The Need for Project Management in Science. As a premier management consulting company, we understand that project management principles, skills, and best practices are universal and can be applied across many disciplines. In this white paper, we examine how project management benefits scientific research and development. Project management incorporates solutions to funding challenges, addresses coordination issues, and provides a framework that functions within the flexibility of STEM fields. As securing funding for scientific research becomes increasingly competitive, scientists must consider ways to gain an advantage. Project management bridges the gap between science and business, simplifying research questions into profitable products and solutions to attract investment.
As a management consulting company providing support to the Federal Government, E3 understands how effective communication can determine success and failures within projects. We took a look across our company at the disciplines we offer and noticed that there are sometimes challenges of communication in science-related projects. In this white paper, we explored The Problem of Effective Communication in Science. The challenges of communicating science have long been a stumbling block for scientists. Many universities offer courses to teach their science students how to present their ideas more clearly and scientific journals, and academic institutions issue guides on science communication. Despite these efforts, many surveys suggest that only about 40% of the general American public has “a great deal” of confidence in the scientific community based on how things are communicated. Effective science communication can improve perceptions and increase the value of scientific research.