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AFE Weekly Headlines

AFE planning 'multitude of meetings'
for members to express 'views and vision'

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A recent informal survey of Facilities America registrants revealed the majority were attending the conference to:
    • Participate in educational sessions
    • Take the facility tour of the Las Vegas Hilton
    • Attend the Facility Decisions Expo
    • Prepare for AFE certification at one of the CPS or CPMM classes to be held in conjunction with Facilities America.
While all of these reasons are good ones according to Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE, there is another even more important reason for AFE members to attend Facilities America: meetings. "We are firmly committed to making Facilities America the place where our members can share their thought and express their views about AFE today, and their vision for what AFE will become in the years ahead," Gration said. "During the year, most of our members have extremely busy lives ensuring their facilities operate efficiently and safely on a 24-hour a day, seven- day a week basis. When an opportunity like Facilities America comes along to get hundreds of our members together in one place, we are going to take every opportunity to hear what they have to say—and to put their ideas into action when Facilities America is over."

The conference will also culminate with the "AFE Awards night" presentation, the evening of October 5, with Chapter and individual awards, guest speakers, and the opportunity to mingle with many of your fellow AFE members and other industry leaders.

The Facilities America Conference will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo. To learn more about Facilities America, click here.

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AFE Foundation launches new website
to highlight facilities engineering programs

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The AFE Foundation has launched a new website,, designed to help the Foundation promote the facilities engineering profession, provide scholarships and mentoring for students, and encourage community service. "Facilities engineering, maintenance and operations professionals are responsible for the safety, comfort and security of hundreds, if not thousands, of employees and visitors who use their facilities," said Kate Kerrigan, Chair of the AFE Foundation. "One of the most important goals of the Foundation is to raise awareness of the facilities profession and to promote our work to the larger community. But we also want to advance facilities-related education through scholarships and grants, and to give back to the community by promoting volunteer opportunities. The improved website gives us a much-needed tool for communicating Foundation goals to the larger community." More

White roofs can save 15 percent on energy costs
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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a series of initiatives underway at the Department of Energy (DOE) to more broadly implement cool roof technologies on DOE facilities and buildings across the U.S. federal government. Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun’s heat, helping to improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions. More

USGBC opens building performance partnership to current LEED-certified buildings
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Last summer, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its Building Performance Partnership (BPP), a program to engage owners and managers of commercial and residential LEED-certified green buildings, optimizing the performance of buildings through data collection, analysis and action. Starting this summer, USGBC has opened the program to all current whole-building LEED-certified commercial and residential projects. This partnership among USGBC and LEED project owners is designed to result in the population of a comprehensive green building performance database, and enable standardization of reporting metrics and analytics to establish new building performance benchmarks. More

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Reports detail global investment and other trends in green energy
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In 2009, for the second year in a row, both the U.S. and Europe added more power capacity from renewable sources such as wind and solar than conventional sources like coal, gas and nuclear, according to twin reports launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. More

Energy retrofits could save $41 billion a year
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If all the commercial buildings in the U.S. that exist as of 2010 were retrofitted to be more energy efficient, the country as a whole would save over $41.1 billion a year in energy bills. That's according to the report "Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Commercial and Public Buildings" released Thursday by Pike Research. More

Five ways to cut China energy use
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China's voracious appetite for energy doesn't have to keep growing at the rate of this past decade, says Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based energy monitoring group announced that China energy use has surpassed that of the United States. The U.S. consumed twice as much energy as China just a decade ago. In an interview with the Monitor, Dr. Birol offered five ways for China to reduce its energy consumption over the coming decades. More

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Ensure long-term sustainable success, not just short-term gains
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With the U.S. president being asked by his daughter if they fixed the leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after years of warnings, let’s face it: we are deep into the maintenance crisis. To avoid future accidents, loss of life, Congressional hearings, more criminal investigations and more regulatory oversight, let's acquire new sensors to alert us of challenges, let's install automation dashboards and control systems to monitor, manage and optimize our activities, and let's build more pipelines of new workers so more disasters don't occur. Also, let's upgrade our existing workforce's decision-making skills and install process systems to ensure long-term sustainable success not just short-term gains. More

AFE extends Certification price freeze until August 15
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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 15, for all AFE Certifications: Certified Plant Engineer, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and Certified Plant Supervisor. More

Facilities professionals: Employers are looking for you!
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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.

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