Registration for Facilities America at record pace
With less than three months remaining before the October 5-6 Facilities America Conference in Las Vegas, registration is already at record pace. "We're very excited that so many AFE members have chosen to sign up for the event," said Virginia Gibson, Chair of Facilities America. "The earlier attendees sign up, the easier it is for us to plan for the record crowds we are anticipating at the Awards Ceremony, education sessions and facilities tours."
Wayne P. Saya, CPE, Director of Energy and Sustainability at UGL Unicco, said it's no surprise that this year's event—to be co-located with the Facilities Decisions Conference and Expo—has grown to become so popular. "With all the pressure company executives are placing on facilities professional to reduce costs and operate building systems efficiently and sustainably, our members need a place where they can learn the latest building technology and processes, and to discuss any problems or issues at their facilities with their colleagues," he said. "Facilities America meets those needs in one place. Where else can you participate in 90 free education sessions taught by facilities professionals with real-world, hands on experience?"
"Of course," he added, "locating the event in Las Vegas may have had something to do with the popularity of this year’s event."
A $6 million wake up call causes Brown Printing to go green
With a $6 million energy bill, rising energy prices and a softening economy, the staff at Brown Printing in Waseca, Minn., knew what they had to do: find the right partner to help them slash energy costs and position Brown as a leader in environmental responsibility among world class publishers.
"We weren't looking for a consultant to give us a list of recommendations and walk away," said Dean Veldboom, CPE (Certified Plant Engineer), the company’s facilities manager. He interviewed three entities and chose to partner with his utility, Xcel Energy, to come up with a holistic solution. "We liked that their Process Efficiency program was comprehensive, long term and that they’d help us through the process," said Veldboom. More
Six flood-proof buildings that can survive rising tides
When it rains, it pours—the past few months have seen a slew of floods around the world, and it's not even hurricane season yet. With increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions and the prevalence of flash floods and catastrophic storms, building safe and secure flood-proof structures is becoming even more vital. Not only do we have to worry about natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, but we will have to battle with rising sea levels, so designs for aqueous living should definitely be on the minds of architects worldwide. Read on for six innovative flood-proof designs that are able to weather the worst of the rising tides. More
AFE extends Certification price freeze until August 1
Applications for AFE Certification and Re-certification have more than tripled in the past two months in anticipation of a July 1, 2010 price increase—so AFE has extended the price freeze until August 1, for all AFE Certifications: Certified Plant Engineer, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and Certified Plant Supervisor. More
Water savings a top business concern
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Water stewardship is one of the top five business concerns among 52 percent of sustainability professionals, according to a survey by Ethical Corporation, while 99 percent believed water will become a priority in the next five to ten years. Water savings can result in significant cost savings for businesses, according to a CNET report. More
Carpet seen as the right prescription for health care facilities
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In response to the call for warmer, quieter, more humanizing and overall healthier health care environments, carpet is increasingly the flooring of choice – finding its way into a variety of areas from administrative spaces and waiting rooms to nursing stations, corridors and patient rooms. Given carpeting's soothing design aesthetic and the health benefits it provides both patients and caregivers, it's no surprise. More
Facilities America attendees to receive free facility tour of Daytime Emmy Awards site
If you or a friend were one of the nearly three million viewers of the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards televised Sunday night on CBS, then you caught a glimpse of the glitz and glamour of the 19th largest hotel in the world: The Las Vegas Hilton.
But now that the glitz and glamour of the Daytime Emmy's was over, who are the facilities professionals who are still working behind the scenes at the Las Vegas Hilton? The people who ensure that every one of the hotels 3,200-plus rooms has heat, hot water and air conditioning? Who are the people responsible for keeping the hotel safe, and for providing lighting for the lobby, the rooms, the restaurants, and the casino?
Peter L. Ricciardo, Executive Director of Facilities at the Las Vegas Hilton, has agreed to provide an exclusive facilities tour for attendees of the Facilities American Conference, to be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo from October 5-6.
Space for the Las Vegas Hilton facility tour is LIMITED AND FILLING FAST! Reserve your place by registering for Facilities America, where you’ll also have access to more than 90 FREE education sessions and have the opportunity to view hundreds of the latest products and technologies exhibited at the Free Facility Decisions Expo.
To register for Facilities America, click here.
Green programs gain ground in college sports departments
Like major league sports teams, college athletic departments are putting more muscle into energy efficiency, recycling and other environmental programs at their facilities, according to new research by ProGreenSports. Decision-makers involved in sustainability initiatives or athletics department facilities for 73 of the 119 large NCAA sports departments responded to the survey that ProGreenSports conducted in spring. More
Facilities professionals: Employers are looking for you!
Whether you are a jobseeker looking for a position in a facilities-related field, or an employer looking to fill a position, the AFE Career Center can help. For more information, please click here.
Chapter 13 golf outing to provide scholarship funds
The 22nd Chapter 13 Golf Outing, to be held July 19, at the Hudson Golf Club in Hudson, Wis., will provide scholarship funds for students pursuing a career in facilities related work. The sponsorship of holes and cash donations provide revenues to support this effort. Hole sponsorships are available for $250 before June 30 or $275 after July 1. More