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Feb. 17, 2009
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Obama to Sign $787 Billion Stimulus Bill Today
from The Associated Press
Savoring his first big victory in Congress, President Barack Obama on Saturday celebrated the newly passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a "major milestone on our road to recovery." Speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said, "I will sign this legislation into law shortly, and we'll begin making the immediate investments necessary to put people back to work doing the work America needs done." Obama added, "It will shore up our schools and roads and bridges, and infuse cash into new sectors like green energy and technology that will sustain our economy for the long term.” More

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Google Taking a Step into Power Metering
from The New York Times
Google will announce its entry into the small but growing business of “smart grid,” digital technologies that seek to both keep the electrical system on an even keel and reduce electrical energy consumption. More

Corporate Office’s New Address, Phone
from AFE
CEO Laurence Gration and the staff of AFE will be relocating soon. The new space, Gration says, has numerous advantages but most importantly, improves operating efficiency. Effective March 1, you can reach AFE at 12801 Worldgate Dr., Suite 500, Herndon, VA 20170. The new phone number is (571) 203-7171. E-mails will not change.

Two Cost-Saving Facility Management Strategies
from Healthcare Design
Healthcare is shedding jobs, the credit crunch is forcing facilities to defer projects and long-term economics outlooks are bleak. You can take advantage of this unchartered territory with some cost-saving measures. More

AFE Sacramento Chapter
from AFE
Ok we got off to a great start!! Now we need to keep the momentum going.

At our first meeting we appointed officers and they are President Leo Harshabarger, leoh@usbtowermgmt.com, VP Kevin Johnson,Kevin@americanchiller.com, Secretary Chris Castle, chris.castle@emerson.com, and Treasure Richard Williams, Richard.williamsjr@sbcglobal.com.

On 2-12-09 the officers had their first meeting to discuss up coming chapter meeting, tours and training. We have put a skeletal frame work together for the year and now we need your input to put meat on it. No one knows more about what we want to gain through AFE than our chapter members. So take a moment and think about what resource you may have to offer to the group or let us know what type of tours and training you would like to see offered.

At this time I would like to reintroduce Chris Castle, as our Secretary he will be taking your ideas and continuing with the updates and email communications.

China: Building the Future
from China International Business
When people talk about the massive urban development happening across China, “green” is unlikely to be one of the words at the forefront of their conversations. In the building frenzy that has enveloped China, environmental concerns seem, at first glance, to have been forgotten. Yet, if this was once the case, developers are no longer overlooking the importance of building green in China. More

Space Technology Inc.

The State of Green Business 2009: Water Becomes the New Carbon
from Greener Buildings
It has become eco-chic in recent years to declare that "water will be the oil of the 21st century" — an essential and limited resource, unevenly distributed around the world, the growing shortage of which will lead to economic power for water-rich nations and poverty for the rest, possibly even resource wars between the haves and have-nots. Given that, how do water-dependent companies manage in a world where water quality and quantity become a constraint to doing business? More

The Call for Energy Efficiency in the U.S. has Finally Hit Main Stream
from Building Design & Construction
On February 5, 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama spoke in a press conference held at the U.S. Depart of Energy and declared that now is the time for America to become more energy efficient. Well, there isn’t a better place to start then with building energy efficiency as the lowest hanging fruit. According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, commercial and industrial buildings utilize 72 percent of all the electricity produced in the United States while producing 39 percent of all the CO2 emissions into our atmosphere. More




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