By Environmental Data Recourses, Inc. (EDR)
commonground is the award winning, global social network for professionals involved in all aspects of environmental and property due diligence. Members include environmental consultants, engineers, lawyers, health & safety experts, lenders, appraisers, insurers, and developers.
As science has evolved, environmental risks that impact human health and real estate values have become better understood. Today, assessing properties for environmental risks as part of pre-purchase due diligence is an effective way to identify environmental issues to avoid potential catastrophe. Still, whether a historic environmental issue on a property could actually cause a significant harm is not cut and dry. The commonground community allows all parties in real estate transactions access to the wisdom of thousands of their peers located throughout the United States as well as 32 additional countries. Members and their companies benefit from regular access to advice, business exposure, and discussions addressing the latest regulations and industry trends.
commonground was recognized by the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for its growth, achievements, and contributions to the industry with annual awards for the past three years. commonground was also awarded with a 2009 Forrester Groundswell Award and was a finalist for a 2011 SIIA CODiE award in the category of best social networking and collaboration solution. It is also frequently recognized and referenced in many leading environmental, real estate, and social media industry publications.
commonground allows its nearly 7,000 members to ask questions, discuss trends, give advice and share opinions. It has amassed more than 23,000 discussion posts and comments. It also hosts 35 expert-authored bloggers who have published over 1,800 blog posts to keep members up-to-date on the most pertinent issues impacting the industry and changes to evolving regulations.
The downturn of the commercial real estate market has left many environmental consultants unemployed over the past few years. commonground's environmental jobs board with real time job feeds has empowered companies to source for talent and many members to find great jobs to advance their careers.
The Environmental Services Directory enables companies who offer environmental products and services to optimize their web presence to leverage best of bread search marketing practices to connect with potential new clients. Members can rate and review the providers they have used in the past and search for qualified companies in their area, a critical factor since local knowledge can be so important to risk assessments. Everyone wins when we help each other generate more business.
Within commonground University (cgU), environmental and property professionals can attend the only peer developed, online training courses The flexible online format has made this critical training more accessible to emerging and experienced professionals. To date, cgU has graduated more than 750 professionals since it launched in 2009. cgU is also the exclusive partner of ASTM International, the world renowned standards organization, for its popular ASTM E1527 Phase I ESA course online.
Recently, community members acknowledged a need for stronger mentors to help bring budding environmental professionals up the learning curve. commonground responded and created a private, nurturing environment where the best mentors in the industry offer their experience to all commonground members, not just those at their companies.
commonground believes in the value of community. For that reason 2% of revenue of all commonground products and services is donated to classrooms in communities impacted by environmental issues or high-need schools looking to grow their environmental or science curriculum through a partnership with Donors Choose.
The collective impact of all these great initiatives include a 165% YOY growth in community revenues, 4x growth in daily visits, and over 1.1 million page views during this past year. A recent member survey indicated that 99.8% find value in the content on commonground.
April 2007 to Present
Overall Rating: (50 votes)
Reviewed April 11, 2013 by rosieReport Inappropriate Review
Reviewed July 9, 2012 by TikeReport Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 21, 2011 by Denis Dyson
Commonground was the best online learning experience I have experienced and the topical subjects of their webpage is a really useful way to keep updated on the challenges and experiences of the profession - THANK-YOU.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 15, 2011 by Alan Agadoni
Commonground continues to be an outstanding resource for environmental professionals to learn and network. It keeps getting better every year.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 12, 2011 by Elizabeth
Commonground is an effective resource for Environmental Professionals, lenders, attorneys and real estate professionals involved with commercial and residential real estate transactions. Resources include training classes, a provider directory and blogs bReport Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 12, 2011 by Caitlin
Connecting people who are doing important work--definitely worth recognizing this green initiative.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 12, 2011 by Jim Pepe
Great way to connect all parties in the industry!Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 12, 2011 by Inger Henning
commonground is a great community, lots of help, information, resources and opportunities.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by janet aronica
Great service!Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Anders Ekman
Just incredible, a model for how to build and grow a vibrant social communityReport Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Sam.S,
More than anyone could ask for - excellent service!Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Holly Neber
Commonground is a one-of-a-kind community and resource.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Jill Oliveira
Very informative and easy to navigate...great social site all around.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Maxwell Johnson
Simply the must read social community for EP's. I skim through it every morning over coffee. Well deserved award....Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Dave Wright
Good job.Report Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Don Grauer
5 all the way! Excellent workReport Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Jon
Great WorkReport Inappropriate Review
Reviewed August 11, 2011 by Jim Reynolds
Great work.Report Inappropriate Review