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May 19, 2009
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Major U.S. Cities Put High Value on Sustainability Goals
from GreenerBuildings
Only one in six of the 40 largest cities in the U.S. say sustainability is not one of their top five problems, according to a new report from Living Cities, a collaboration of 21 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions. The vast majority of city leaders have focused attention and effort on improving the environmental performance of their towns. More    E-mail article


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Australia’s Solar Future Looks Bright as AUD$1.3 Billion Boost Gives Power to the People
from The Age
The Federal Government will try to make the most of Australia's sunny climate by investing AUD$1.3 billion in solar power initiatives. The measures will be aimed at households and researchers alike as part of a bid to vastly increase the amount of power that comes from an environmentally friendly source. A new solar flagships program will be created to turn Australia into a world leader in the generation of solar power. More    E-mail article

AFE 2009 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Who Do You Know That Could Benefit from Membership in AFE?
from AFE
Only you can best communicate the value of AFE membership. AFE provides the tools and information you need for day-to-day success as well as the long-term support for advancing your career. With more members comes a stronger Association, stronger products and services… a stronger profession! And a strong word-of-mouth marketing campaign is the surest way to promote AFE’s continued growth. Click here for the Member-Get-A-Member flyer to forward to your network of colleagues – Get the word out about AFE! More    E-mail article

Amazing Skyscraper Farm for Vancouver
from Inhabitat
Vertical farms are one of our favorite future-forward concepts for creating sustainable cities. Providing locally-grown produce and food will not only help us reduce our carbon emissions significantly, but also help us become healthier. Romses Architects recently came up with an amazing concept for a vertical farm in Vancouver as part of the City’s 2030 Challenge. Complete with a tower for growing fruits and vegetables, a livestock grazing plane, a boutique dairy farm, commercial space, transit lines, renewable energy and more, the Harvest Green Tower has the potential to be a food growing, energy producing, living, breathing sustainable transit hub. More    E-mail article

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from AFE
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Biofuels vs. Biomass Electricity
from Technology Review
A study published in Science concludes that, on average, using biomass to produce electricity is 80 percent more efficient than transforming the biomass into biofuel. In addition, the electricity option would be twice as effective at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The results imply that investment in an ethanol infrastructure, even if based on more efficient cellulosic processes, may prove misguided. The study was done by a collaboration between researchers at Stanford University, the Carnegie Institute of Science, and the University of California, Merced. More    E-mail article

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Britain Announces Broad Smart-Meter Plan
from The New York Times
The British government announced plans this week to put “smart meters” in every home by the end of the next decade. Smart meters monitor energy consumption on a continuous basis. The devices also communicate that information directly to utilities, cutting out the need for staffs to visit individual homes to read meters. More    E-mail article

Call for Speakers - Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, S.C.
from AFE
AFE is now soliciting abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, public education and academia for a comprehensive conference program on the latest facilities management topics at Facilities America 2009. Submissions should be in the form of individual presentations or panel discussions. Sessions are 1-½ hours in length. More    E-mail article

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