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AFE encourages legislators to support The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010
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As Earth Day festivities fade into memory, the Association for Facilities Engineering is encouraging U.S. legislators to maintain year-round support for Earth Day objectives by enacting legislation to ensure federal facilities are operated at peak efficiency. The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010, introduced by Representatives Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., and Judy Bigger, R-Ill., along with Senators Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would ensure that federal facilities are operated and maintained by workers who are trained and certified in these highly complex building systems. More

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10 tips to reduce outdoor water use
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Lawn and landscape irrigation (commercial and residential) wastes up to 1.5 billion gallons of water each day and accounts for 40 percent to 60 percent of urban water use. ET Water Systems, Inc. offers outdoor water conservation tips for facility management professionals that can reduce irrigation water use by 20 percent to 50 percent while still maintaining attractive landscapes. 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

EPA helps states and utilities tap into greater energy efficiency savings
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In partnership with several states and utilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new pilot program designed to further improve commercial building energy efficiency. Building Performance with Energy Star will help utilities and state energy efficiency programs achieve increased energy savings and fight climate change by strategically pursuing whole building energy improvements with their business customers. The pilot program is being launched with Energy Star partners Com Ed, MidAmerican, National Grid, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Wisconsin Focus on Energy. 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

Offshore wind: Expensive but politically popular
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An environmental permit granted last week for the Cape Wind power project is not the last hurdle facing the most advanced offshore wind farm proposed for the United States. However, wind power technology developers and analysts express confidence that the 9-year-old offshore wind project will get built, and that more like it will dot U.S. coastal waters by 2020. More

AFE webinar: How facilities management team saved building owner $90 million while reducing carbon footprint
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Fluor Corporation and IBM will host an AFE webinar demonstrating how a facility management team developed energy and operational savings to save the building owners more than $90 million over 12 years. The webinar, to be held May 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM EST, will outline how the team integrated cost savings with the owner's smart building goals of sustainability and energy conservation. The webinar will also demonstrate how simple day-to-day operations are the biggest opportunities to save energy, reduce carbon footprints and provide value to stockholders, clients and employees. The program, Smarter Planet + Innovative Solutions = Big Green Savings, will be conducted by Jeffrey S. Goetz P.E., LEED AP and Greg Peterson, IBM Global Energy Manager. For more information and to register, click here.

Health care reform may spark demand for facilities
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The recently passed health care reform legislation will be a good thing for property owners and investors in many parts of the U.S., according to the international property group Grosvenor Americas. The reform will spark increased demand for medical office space and educational facilities to train medical personnel, according to the group. More

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A skyscraper designed to make a rotten river run clean
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Imagine a skyscraper that—instead of hosting offices—houses a system that purifies the water of a polluted river, employs the people living in surrounding slums and gives them a home in which to live. That's the revolutionary idea behind an architectural concept that aims to solve the problems generated by the polluted Ciliwung River in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. 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

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