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Jan. 27, 2009
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There's Still Time to Register for Our Online CPMM Course Starting in February
from AFE
Are you an experienced, working maintenance professional ready to make 2009 the year you get ahead by earning a credential -- but you don't have much spare time? AFE can help! We will conduct the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager course in a series of eight live, interactive sessions next month. That means you can learn from an experienced instructor in our "virtual" classroom right from the comfort of your own computer. The course covers:

Preventive maintenance
Predictive maintenance
Work flow-planning and scheduling
Computerized maintenance
Investment returns
Total Productive Management

You will have all the necessary materials and all the regular opportunities to ask questions, just like in a traditional classroom. Classes will be conducted 12-4 p.m. ET on February 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 26. Upon successful completion of a 200-question exam, you will join the ranks of AFE's fastest-growing certification program as a distinguished CPMM.
To get started, click here. Still interested but prefer a regular classroom setting? No problem! We also will conduct the CPMM Program 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16-20 in Indianapolis. As yet another alternative, you may opt to pursue the CPMM course and be tested on your own, at any time throughout the year. The same application requirements apply.


'One Million Jobs in Wind Power' by 2010
One million people will be employed in the world wind-power industry by the end of the decade, despite the impact of the financial crisis, it was forecast today.Amid predictions that the world would need to install one new turbine every 25 minutes to reach global renewables targets, energy experts at a green summit in Abu Dhabi said the sector had maintained a near 30 percent annual growth rate in 2008 and was heading for further success. More

Downturn Dooms Showcase Skyscrapers
from BusinessWeek
They were certainly heady years. In cities like Shanghai, Moscow and Dubai, the urban landscape was re-invented at breakneck speed. Revolving construction cranes dominated skylines and economic growth was measured in the number of stories a building had. It was a high-stakes gamble involving money, steel, and glass. In the new urbanism, nothing could happen quickly enough, nor could anything be praised loudly enough. Numerous entities had their fingers in the pie of each major deal, from banks to investors to brokers. There were no limits to the business savvy and the flows of capital involved. More

HVAC May Benefit from Obama Plan
from Forbes
Legislation in Congress intended to increase public works spending could aid manufacturers of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, an analyst said. Spending sought by President Barack Obama as an economic stimulus includes $40 billion that may have "positive implications" for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry, he said. A focus of the legislation is to renovate government buildings to improve energy efficiency, he said. More

New Solar Panels Let Students Keep Clean
from Central Florida Future
UCF is helping change Florida into the Sunshine-powered State. During the first week of January, UCF implemented the use of two solar panels as part of a pilot program to continue the goal of energy efficiency on campus. The first of the two panels was installed on Tower II, a residential hall populated by 500 students. The thermal solar panel harnesses the sun's heat and uses it to warm students' water. More

Space Technology Inc.

Many 'Green Jobs' are in Engineering
from Poughkeepsie Journal
There's a lot of talk about "green jobs," but do you understand what it means? When I ask the average person what they think a green job is, they say, "It's something to do with the environment" and "It's related to energy." People who consider themselves involved with green jobs offer a variety of perspectives. Words like "renewable" and "sustainable" pop up a lot. They say such jobs are related to corporate social responsibility, recycling, waste reduction and eco-tourism. They also say green jobs create alternative energy or everything from cars and computers to lamps and clothes in "environmentally sustainable ways." But what does that mean and how many jobs are we talking about? More

The Climate Group to Develop Low Carbon Cities in China
from Greener Buildings
The Climate Group plans to develop 15 to 20 low carbon cities in China as part of the organization's drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and battle climate change. In addition to working with large cities, the group seeks to engage what it described as "second" and "third-tier" cities and views the smaller municipalities as greater opportunities for development. More

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