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PetroScrub Advanced Fuel Filtration Services joins AFE as Bronze Level GTP
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PetroScrub, a leading provider of advanced fuel filtration services for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, has joined AFE as a Bronze Level Global Technical Partner. "PetroScrub's very generous support will help AFE promote its educational, networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for the professionals who operate the world's facilities," said Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE. "We are honored to have PetroScrub as our newest GTP and we welcome them to the AFE family."

PetroScrub delivers a superior finished product using State of the Art Filtration equipment, designed and built by Tate Engineering and specifically engineered for the fuel industry utilizing explosion-proof motors, pumps and filtration components. With their combined knowledge of fuel storage requirements, correct chemical applications and over 60 years of accumulated experience, PetroScrub's mobile units travel from the centrally located Annapolis office throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. Their hands-on philosophy and attention to detail allow their clients to rely on them for correct operation of sentinel generators and boilers for their critical power needs.

"Cautious optimism" describes the 2010 building automation market
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According to BCS/2010, the latest market analysis from BCS Partners, cautious optimism prevails for the near future with regard to the building automation market. The market took a serious hit in 2009, but modest growth is expected in 2010-2011. This marketplace, however, isn't forecast to regain its pre-crisis level until 2012. More

Water-saving 'no-mix toilets' get rave reviews in Europe
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It is looking more and more like the toilet of yore is on its last legs—and that's a good thing. There has been a steady rise of low-flow and other alternatives to the standard loo in the last few years, including stylish new dual-flush toilets, a line of toilets that flush with air instead of water, and a number of incentives and awards from governments for water efficient johns. More

President of U.S.A.'s Only LEED® certified sustainable hospital to speak at Sustainable Hospitals Conference; AFE members receive $400 discount
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The Sustainable Hospitals Conference, to be held April 28-30 in Austin, Texas, will feature Bob Bonar, President and CEO of Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, the only Platinum LEED® certified sustainable hospital in the country. The Program will include more than 16 speakers on its Distinguished Speaking Faculty, and will also include a tour of Dell Children's Medical Center. Recognizing the need to reduce costs, conserve energy, and create a healthy environment for patients and employees, AFE has negotiated a $400 discount for our members who register by March 19. More

Avian Plus Deters Pest Birds with Pleasant Scents
Bird-B-Gone introduces Avian Plus. A small wall mounted unit that emits a non-toxic, non-allergenic scent into the air that is pleasing to humans, and unbearable to birds. It makes buildings smell good, while keeping pest birds away at the same time. Visit us online to learn MORE

The Pentagon goes green one wedge at a time
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This year, the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review—a strategy document that lays out the Pentagon's vision for its missions and force structure every four years—identified climate change as both a potential source of conflict and a factor in military operations. But the Pentagon building itself, located in Arlington County, Virginia, is currently undergoing a big green renovation. More

U.S. makes progress toward cleaner air
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the most recent data available on the state of the nation's air quality. Air pollution impacts public health, the environment, and the Earth's climate, and understanding these impacts are important priorities for the agency. EPA regulatory actions and voluntary efforts have led to cleaner cars, industries and consumer products, that in turn have contributed to improvements in the nation's air. More

Help AFE Reach New Members at NFMT Conference and Exposition March 16-18, Baltimore Convention Center
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Just two hours of your time at NFMT can make a huge difference in helping AFE to get its message out to potential members and sponsors. AFE will have a booth on the exhibit floor (booth #1869). This is a great opportunity for us to build the organization—simply by representing AFE for just a two hours. We'll provide you with information to hand out to attendees, and AFE staff and volunteer leadership will be on hand to answer questions. We just need you to talk to show attendees the benefits of belonging to AFE from a member standpoint!

If you're willing to help out for just two hours, please email Wayne Carley at or call him at (571) 203-7237.

Three simple checkpoints on the road to a clean energy future
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The debate about moving to a clean energy economy is over. The question is, how long will it take? Some, like the recent Wall Street Journal article "The Long Road to an Alternative-Energy Future" by Michael Totty, posit "we shouldn't expect" clean technologies to significantly dent fossil fuel use anytime soon. But while Rocky Mountain Institute agrees that new energy innovations in solar, wind and electric vehicles may take years to overtake existing products or technologies, there are several ways to make the road a bit shorter. More

The afterlife of Olympic villages
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For the 2010 Winter Olympics, about 3,000 of the world's best athletes and officials took over a corner of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Such Olympic villages can be billion-dollar creations that are in the world’s spotlight for just a few weeks. So what happens to these glamorous villages when the athletes pack up their medals, memories and dirty laundry to fly home? More

Big power from tiny wires: Carbon nanotubes can produce powerful waves that could be harnessed for new energy systems
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A team of scientists at MIT have discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that can cause powerful waves of energy to shoot through minuscule wires known as carbon nanotubes. The discovery could lead to a new way of producing electricity, the researchers say. More

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