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Let's get to the root of those fractions
By Denny Hydrick
How can anyone of us forget those dreadful fractions we were introduced to in junior high school? To this day, fractions still remain that same terrifying monster to many adults. How does inverting the second fraction and multiplying them make sense when dividing. That's like some modern diets where you are instructed to eat fat to lose fat ... something just doesn't seem right about that picture.

But, as with many of our learning techniques (then and now), some of us got more adept at manipulating fractions through practice. Perhaps that is why some adults still fear them because they don't practice enough?

I don't profess to understand everything about the so-called Common Core math taught in many schools today, but from what I can see of it, engineers and mathematicians have been practicing some of the same manipulations for years ... again from practice. Whether or not it should be taught in schools to kids who are still trying to understand "inverting" a fraction is not for me to say.
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The DOE's final act of 2014 could save office buildings and schools $15 billion
The Energy Collective
On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office building, school and hospital across the country by $15 billion through 2030. The new DOE standards are a big deal as there are billions of these tubular lights in place and they are often on for 12 or more hours a day.
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A review of concentrated solar power in 2014
It was a good year for solar power in the U.S., with over six gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity and more than one gigawatt of concentrated solar power being added in 2014, bringing the nation's total solar power capacity to more than 17 gigawatts. That's a 41 percent increase in solar power capacity in just one year. While PV gets most of the attention due to it being more flexible, concentrated solar power is beginning to shine on a large scale.
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LEED Volume delivers high-performance on a large scale
How are retailers using the LEED Volume system to deliver high-performance buildings on a large scale? McDonald's likely wouldn't be the first company on most folks' minds in a discussion about high-performance facilities, sustainability or corporate responsibility. Indeed, a fair amount of bad press in recent years, and a failure to connect with millennials, has sent McDonald's sales spiraling downward. But let's give a bit of credit where credit is due — McDonald's is in the midst of building as many as 25 new LEED certified restaurants between 2013 and 2016.
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Facilities management trends for 2015
As the end of 2014 approaches, now is a good time to consider the trends that will be shaping facilities management at the dawn of the new year and beyond. It's true that facilities management is such a broad field that its course could be shaped by many different things. However, it wouldn't be a stretch to wager that some of the strongest influencers will be technology — particularly smart technology — and sustainability.
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USGBC extends LEED 2009 deadline
Considering the following three criticisms of LEED can lead to a more robust dialogue and a better rating system. The first criticism is that the LEED process is broken - this covered both the rating system development process, as well as the certification process. To address the first, USGBC says it has maintained an open, iterative process to the rating system development process, as evidenced by the more than 20,000 public comments over six comment periods, and then the 86 percent approval when LEED v4 was put to a vote.
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Top 2015 sustainability strategies revealed
Environmental Leader
Cost remains the top driver of sustainability management initiatives, followed by regulations and investor/stakeholder pressure, according to Ecova's second annual survey, 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Leading Professionals. The report aggregates findings from a survey of more than 500 energy, facility, finance and sustainability professionals at U.S.-based companies and reveals an important shift in the way companies are approaching and viewing energy and sustainability management.
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