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States and utilities leading way on industrial energy efficiency programs
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States and utilities invested over $811 million on direct industrial energy efficiency programs in 2010, far exceeding the spending by the federal government and other national-level programs, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. More

Space still available for Government High Performance Buildings Operations course in Washington, DC area
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Space is still available for the first Government Operators of High Performance Buildings (GOHP) certification preparatory course will be held in Reston, Va., from April 30 - May 3, 2012. Jointly created and presented by AFE and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the program is designed to provide training in energy management, sustainability, and operations and maintenance for government personnel and contractors operating government high performance buildings. More

The Green Building Code Bible gets a much — needed update
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Most presentations on sustainable building design do not begin with a meditation on early human technology, replete with references to Shakespeare. But, then again, most senior executives at the U.S. Green Building Council do not have a background in opera. More

A stronger maintenance — sustainability link
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Slowly but surely, discussions of sustainability over the last decade have come to acknowledge that the maintenance and operations of institutional and commercial facilities is central to minimizing facilities' environmental impact. Now, a major new resource from ASHRAE promises to bring even greater recognition and efficiency to maintenance and engineering departments seeking to contribute to their organizations' sustainability efforts. More

Security High, Energy Costs Low
Thumb Correctional in Lapeer, MI needed to appreciably cut its share of the state’s energy budget without “reinventing the wheel.” By retrofitting existing poles, replacing HPS lamps with Magnaray® instant-on, long-life white lighting, using twin T5 fluorescent four-light arrays, consuming a mere 424 total watts each, Thumb cut costs by 78%. more

Facilities America 'Proposals to Present' must be submitted by May 1
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Larry Ross, CPE, CPMM, director of the AFE Professional Development Committee, is encouraging facilities professionals who have hands-on, practical expertise to submit their proposal abstracts by May 1." Presenting at the Facilities America Education Forum is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your expertise to colleagues in the facilities engineering, operations and management community," Ross noted. "AFE is looking for a few industry experts who want to share their knowledge of what it takes to operate buildings in an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner." More

Are businesses missing out on a sustainability goldmine?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Businesses of all sizes may be overlooking a goldmine of competitive information in their own corporate sustainability reports. What's more, executives could expose their companies to long-term business risks by failing to look at this data more closely or by failing to disclose all of the information that they've collected, according to a new report by consulting company Deloitte & Touche. It turns out that what you don't know can, in fact, hurt you. More

Cooler enclosures add performance, reliability
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Equipment enclosures for controls, electronics, network equipment and data centers require cooling for reliable performance. Processing power, the speed at which crucial networking equipment runs, is steadily increasing to keep up with user application demands. Through technology advances, the size of these electronics is shrinking — resulting in greater board population density and higher power consumption. However, this yields increased heat generation throughout the data center. More


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Code in supply chain a threat
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Agencies that focus on national security data and programs need to do more to secure their information technology supply chains, a government watchdog said. Federal agencies are not required to track "the extent to which their telecommunications networks contain foreign-developed equipment, software or services," the Government Accountability Office report said, and they typically are aware only of the IT vendors nearest to them on the supply chain, not the numerous vendors downstream. More

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Ways to save energy in batch processing
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Batch operators face extra factors that can complicate any energy efficiency improvement. Unlike continuous operations, energy project economics is spread over fewer hours per year and may not help during ramping up and cooling down. Also, these operations tend to be more specialized, so industry standards or comparable plants are hard to find. Still, general energy efficiency principles do apply, but flexibility is needed during design. More

AFE LinkedIn Post of the Week
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This week's AFE LinkedIn Post of the Week comes, who wrote: "Developing a Successful ISO 50001 Compliant Energy Management Process - Reliability Centered Energy Management (part 6)." To read his post, or to share your own comment with more than 2,500 facilities professionals, visit the AFE LinkedIn group site. More

AFE Career Center Opportunity of the Week: Supervisor, facilities services
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Allergan is seeking a highly qualified Supervisor, Facilities Services for its facility in Irvine, Calif. For more information about this exciting opportunity, or to view hundreds of other facilities-oriented career opportunities throughout the United States and Canada, visit the AFE Career Center. More
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