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Encouraging business to turn off the lights
The Wall Street Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The struggle to dial down energy consumption in the U.S.'s 4.8 million commercial buildings can be framed with this simple question: Who turns off the escalators each night? In homes, training family members to lower thermostats or turn off lights is critical to lowering energy bills. In business, efforts to go green and boost profits can test harried managers, who must ensure broad eco-directives from corporate are followed. Sears Holdings Corp., which operates some 3,900 stores including its namesake brand and Kmart, launched a "Dark at Night" order, which dials down lighting when stores are closed. Good in theory—except cleaning and restocking must somehow now fit into daytime hours amid a flurry of shoppers. Motion detecting sensors for new efficient lighting? Swell, until a sensor malfunctions and no one thinks to fix it. As for escalators, well, someone's got to remember to flip the "on" switch to "off" before going home. More

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Build a stronger gas detection program
Occupational Health & Safety    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are responsible for the health of your gas detection program, now is a great time to get it into shape. And if you want to keep your gas detection program healthy and keep your people going home safely at the end of each day, exercise your data analysis muscles by following a routine of reviewing the information stored in your gas detectors. More

Symposium on "Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Facilities" to be held May 13 in DC
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A one-day symposium titled Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Facilities will be held on May 13, 2010 at the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 Constitution Avenue, in Washington, DC. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Federal Facilities Council of the National Research Council and the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance at James Madison University. Speakers will include Barbara Nadel, an award-winning architect, author, and journalist; Richard Kidd, the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program; and Linwood Rose, the President of James Madison University. More

Seeing the light
Today's Facility Manager    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Greater survey participation, combined with an overall strong facility manager interest in either committing to lighting projects or having just completed them, are the two most important findings from this year's second annual Today's Facility Manager (TFM) lighting survey, sponsored by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) enLIGHTen America initiative. Serving as a snapshot for what the facility management industry across various marketplace segments is doing with regard to lighting, this survey—considering the existing economy—shows encouraging signs of numerous organizations looking at lighting projects in 2010. More

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USGBC releases new green building report
Mother Nature Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Green Building Council has released a new report that examines how policymakers can use existing programs to improve energy efficiency in both multifamily housing units as well as commercial buildings. The report reviews more than 30 existing federal programs with billions of dollars in funding. These existing programs can be used by the Obama administration to improve energy efficiency in these two building sectors without the need for new legislative action. More

AFE to conduct webinar on reducing water costs in building HVAC systems
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If your facility is like many others, water costs have increased dramatically in recent years. One way to reduce those costs is by finding ways to reduce the use of water by your facility's HVAC system, as detailed in an upcoming (May/June) article in The Facilities Engineering Journal. AFE is also conducting a webinar on Reducing Water Costs in Building HVAC Systems on May 26, 2010 at 2 pm ET. Space is limited, so act quickly. More

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Cape Wind, first U.S. offshore wind farm, approved
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The first U.S. offshore wind farm, a giant project 5 miles/8 kilometers off the Massachusetts coast, was approved after years of opposition involving everyone from local Indian tribes to the Kennedy family. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gave the green light for the 130-turbine, 420-megawatt Cape Wind project in Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket Sound, in what supporters considered a huge step forward for renewable energy in the United States. More

AFE's Facilities America Conference making plans with Facility Decisions Trade Show in Las Vegas
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AFE's Facilities America Conference is busy making plans with the staff of Facilities Decisions Trade Show and Expo to co-locate two events on October 5-6, 2010 in Las Vegas. Last month, AFE signed an agreement to co-host Facilities America with Facilities Decision, giving our members even more reason to attend. Now, in addition to the networking and education opportunities that Facilities America will provide, AFE members will have the opportunity to participate in the Facility Decision Expo and other events. The events are free to AFE members and other facilities professionals. More

Plan for a disaster before it's too late
Occupational Health & Safety    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A disaster in the workplace can be anything from a power outage to a fire to an employee's having a heart attack on the job. The risks are very real, yet only 38 percent of businesses with two to 9,999 employees reported they have an emergency plan in place in the event of a disaster, according to a 2007 survey from The Ad Council. More

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