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US solar manufacturer moving facility to China
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Evergreen Solar, a Marlboro, Mass.-based solar energy startup, is shutting down its manufacturing facility in Devens, Mass., and replacing it with a new facility in China. The solar-panel maker received more than $40 million in assistance from the government of Massachusetts. The company is laying off the 800 workers at the Devens, Mass., facility and shifting production to a joint venture with a Chinese company in central China. More

Case Study: Philips Lighting Solutions and Cushman Wakefield

Houston, Texas – In order to reduce energy usage in 4 million + square feet of floorspace, leading real estate services and property management firm Cushman Wakefield utilized Philips energy efficient 25W T8 with ALTO II Technology lamps and Philips Advance high-efficiency electronic Optanium ballasts in a lighting upgrade project that cut energy costs by nearly 30% and delivered a payback of less than 2 years. Read More

Greening the buildings
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A year ago, it was hard to see what was happening inside the Green Garage in Detroit. The windows were bricked up hiding the work going on to revive the stout, brown building that dates to 1920. Now, energy-efficient windows offer a view into the project that isn't just brightening the community, but is paving a green path for building. More

Kaiser Permanente starts using solar power at its hospitals
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Kaiser Permanente, the largest U.S. nonprofit health management organization, switched on photovoltaic panels at a California medical center in a plan to provide 10 percent of its hospitals’ power from solar energy. More

Energy efficiency proves unattractive for policy makers in Europe
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While bailing out Ireland and scrambling to prepare a possible rescue of Portugal, the European Union quietly extended a generous loan to a country with relatively few debt problems: China. The $500 million, or $668 million, loan by the European Investment Bank is part of a package of two loans worth 1 billion that is aimed at helping China use more renewable sources and increase energy efficiency. More

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AFE Career Center Job of the Week
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Facility Occupancy Planner for worldwide architecture firm A leading architecture firm is looking for a highly-qualified Consultant Planner to provide facility occupancy planning services and space planning deliverables that meet the client's business and real estate needs. More

The Right Stuff: Selecting Roof Asset Management Tools
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Regular maintenance can extend the life of a high-performance roof system and help avoid major repairs, so planning for routine roof maintenance should be on top of every facility managers 'to do' list. More

Critics suggest some LEED-certified buildings may be energy hogs
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The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system is the most popular green building rating system in the world, and it has faced a bit of backlash over the past several months. More

Readers of Weekly Headline Receive Invitation to Attend NFMT Free
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Picture this: 5,000 maintenance and facilities professionals, 100 expert presenters and 500 leading suppliers...all at the Baltimore Convention Center...all meeting, networking and learning. Members of AFE and AFE Weekly Headlines readers are invited to participate in the National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT) in Baltimore March 15-17. Both AFE members and readers of Weekly Headlines may attend the show for free by using Priority Code EOH. For more information and a complete list of educational sessions and expert presenters, click here.

Researchers: Many local buildings still not quake-safe
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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake recently rattled Scripps Ranch located in San Diego, but no one was hurt and nothing was damaged. The quake was produced by the University of California, San Diego's "shake table" at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in Scripps Ranch, San Diego. On top of the table was a three-story cinder-block building and 10News cameras were on hand as the building was subjected to the 6.5 quake and came out unscathed. More

Need inspiration? Take the CPMM Review Course announced minutes from 'Rocky Steps' in Philadelphia
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Want some inspiration from movie legend Rocky Balboa while preparing for the CPMM exam? AFE has announced a CPMM Review Course and Exam Feb. 7-9, just minutes from The City of Brotherly Love—and the "Rocky Steps" in front of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The "Rocky Steps" are the site of one of the most inspiring movies ever created—and they can be your inspiration if you take a break to visit them while taking one of the best facilities certification programs ever created. For more information, contact Jeanine Salifou, Certification Manager, at 571.203.7239.

This Week's Popular Topic on LinkedIn: Energy or maintenance projects?
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The most popular LinkedIn discussion on the AFE group site for this week is:" If you were to advise a facility executive whose facility currently relies entirely on reactive (break down) maintenance on how to use $50,000 to $100,000 towards either an energy or maintenance management project, would you recommend the money be used for an energy or maintenance project? Why?" To join the discussion, visit the AFE group site on LinkedIn. The AFE site now has more than 650 members. All facilities professionals are eligible to be members of the group, whether or not you are an AFE member. More

How green jobs are fueling the recovery
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Creating new well-paying jobs to spur the economic recovery remains a central concern globally and in the U.S. The Great Recession has left many professionals and their families struggling to make ends meet for over two years. This jobless recovery is likely to be the longest recovery since the Great Depression. More

Building it bigger: Design comes to life at the Product Realization Lab
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For Ankur Shah a mechanical engineering student, the Product Realization Lab has been the "bread and butter" of his time. Shah started working in the lab during his junior year, but continues to work on projects in the lab on a regular basis. More

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