from Chicago Sun-Times
With a push of my hotel room's bedside button, the window shade lifted like a theater curtain. Now showing: Shanghai. Eighty-two floors below, thousands of lights twinkled across China's largest city—a city packed with six times as many people as Chicago. Tiny pairs of headlights zoomed through the streets, and equally tiny boats navigated their way along the Huangpu River. From way up here in my lofty perch, I felt like I could reach out and pluck the colorful spheres off the nearby Oriental Pearl TV Tower like apples off a tree. More
Familiarity Breeds Success
from Occupational Health & Safety
We know the basics of head and face protection: impacts, flying particles, glare, radiation and chemical exposure are givens, as is bloodborne pathogens exposure for medical personnel. Injuries range from the simplest scrapes to deaths and activities from medical care to heavy construction. Most companies have the physical items of PPE (personal protective equipment) to work safely in all types of situations. Considering the potential for a workplace head/face injury, is basic really enough? More
The Sears Tower Goes Green
from Mother Nature Network
Chicago’s Sears Tower was built in 1973, in a time when energy efficiency was not a key building strategy. Instead, the building’s claim to fame was that it was the tallest building in the world. Now the owners of the building are planning to make some energy efficient upgrades to the building. More
UVC Kits Solve Unitary Air Conditioner Maintenance Problems
A contribution to Weekly Headlines
One of the most neglected maintenance jobs is cleaning coils and drain pans in those hard to access, difficult to clean PTACs, splits, mini-splits and window units. This “dirty little secret” results in biofilms that clog the coils, cause the compressor to overheat and create musty odors. Once contaminated, these units release mold spores, bacteria and viruses that can make people sick and create IAQ issues. The units work twice as hard and consume twice the electricity to reach a desired room temperature. Steril-Aire’s UVC Kit for Unitary Air Conditioners eliminates cleaning hassles, chemical use and odors while reducing utility bills and costly repairs. More
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Corporate Office's New Address, Phone
Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE, along with all the staff, have relocated. 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.
Entire Swedish City Switches to Biofuels to Become Environmentally Friendly
from Chicago Tribune
Though a fraction of Chicago's size, this industrial city in southeast Sweden has plenty of similarities with it, including a long, snowy winter and a football team the town is crazy about. One thing is dramatically different about Kalmar, however: It is on the verge of eliminating the use of fossil fuels, for good, and with minimal effect on its standard of living.
Mark Your Calendar for Facilities America – AFE’s 2009 Technical Conference to be held October 29-November 1 in Greenville, SC!
This world-class Industrial Conference, Trade Show and Training Event will feature the latest products, services and techniques to improve operations at your facility. AFE certification opportunities will also be offered. Greenville and the six-county area in Upstate SC is home to BMW of North America, Michelin of North America, 3M, Milliken & Company and many other dynamic facilities – the perfect location for AFE’s Conference! Registration and further details forthcoming. Stay tuned…
from Technology Review Online
The Obama administration took office amid high hopes that it would come up with a strategy for clean, renewable energy that can work to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and reduce the pollutants associated with fossil fuels. What is puzzling, however, is the notable exclusion of nuclear energy from its portfolio of clean energy sources, which include hydroelectric, wind, and solar power. More than 73 percent of non-carbon-dioxide-emitting energy in the United States is nuclear energy. This power source supplies the country with about 20 percent of its electricity needs, while wind and solar power together supply less than 1 percent. More