Health care heal thy footprint buildings
Energy costs for health care organizations are over $8.5 billion, industry greenhouse gas emissions make up 8 percent of the U.S. total, and health care facilities are second only to the food industry in producing waste. Yet in some sectors of the health care industry, major players have been slow to go green. More
Europe could be 100 percent renewable by 2050
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A new study released by PricewaterhouseCoopers demonstrates how the opportunity exists to power Europe and North Africa exclusively by renewable electricity by 2050, if this is supported by a single European power market united with a similar market in North Africa. More
AFE signs agreement offering discounts on American Trainco courses
AFE has negotiated an agreement offering our members discounts on many American Trainco courses. American Trainco provides training and services in the field of maintenance for plants, facilities and industry, and have trained over 75,000 satisfied students. To receive the discount, you must register through the AFE website. More
Intelligence embraces network-centric facility
A major U.S. intelligence agency is building its new headquarters facility around a network-centric architecture dedicated to information access and dissemination. The new construct allows the agency to accommodate the technology advances that have changed missions radically over the years. A dedicated technology center houses hundreds of servers that provide unprecedented bandwidth to thousands of individual employees. Access across networks is seamless based on security privileges. And, both the external customer community and the internal user community will benefit from built-in redundant capabilities and a flexible architecture that permits easy incorporation of new technologies when they appear. More
Facilities America to co-locate with Facility Decisions in Las Vegas, October 5-6
AFE signed an agreement last week to co-locate Facilities America 2010 (AFE) with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo from October 5 - 6, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The programs will include sessions on sustainable maintenance practices; managing the maintenance function in a challenging economy; and managing the facilities team. An awards event is also planned. More
Study reveals "hidden" use of water resources
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A comprehensive study released by Carnegie Mellon University and reported in the February 23, 2010, issue of Environmental Science & Technology finds that much of the water consumed in private industry today is "hidden" because it is not used directly. More
Webinar: Clean Energy Financing, Planning and Performance for Cities & Facilities PLUS Boulder's Energy Programs
April 7, 2010 - 2 hours at Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT
Join us in a live webinar to explore the top financing, planning and performance solutions for cities, facilities and campuses. During this "Step By Step" webinar, you will learn about . . .
1. Boulder Colorado's former Mayor and present county commissioner, Will Toor, describe Boulder's clean energy and energy efficiency programs, how they implemented them and the benefit to the city.
2. Low risk retrofit financing and clean energy financing options for facilities - cities and campuses
3. Essential steps in planning a clean energy or energy efficiency project
4. A battery-free wireless energy management system that significantly reduces energy costs and enhances performance in facilities and municipal buildings And More
This webinar is presented by Green Energy Leaders at Challenge International, Inc.
To REGISTER or LEARN MORE
go to http://www.GreenEnergyLeaders.com/webcast.htm
Cost is $35 per connection.
Barcelona introduces LED streetlights that cut energy costs by 1/3
If it weren't already the case that no other city can hold a candle to Barcelona, it is now: the European city has begun using wireless LED street lamps—made by Spanish energy giant Endesa—that run on timers and motion detectors. LEDs aren't cheap, but a new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that they offer the best green alternative for cities in a lifecycle analysis. Barcelona expects to see its municipal power bill decline by a third just from the timed LED lights. More
Wave energy scales up off Scotland
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Scotland hopes to ride the next renewable energy wave. Site leases for several big wave and tidal power projects were recently awarded by the U.K. government, concluding a two-year bidding process that elicited strong interest from major utilities and energy entrepreneurs. The awards open the way for six wave energy projects and four tidal energy systems around Scotland's Orkney Islands that could collectively generate up to 1.2 gigawatts, exceeding the U.K.'s 700-megawatt target for the bidding round. This is an immense scale for an industry that so far has installed only pilot projects involving a handful of small devices. More