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South Korea outpaces US in engineering degrees
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Any eighth-grader who wonders if anyone actually uses algebra should ask Hyungtae Lee, an electrical engineer who writes algorithms to build computers with the power of human sight. It's a skill he learned first in South Korea, where undergraduate students are five times more likely to major in engineering than their counterparts in the United States. More

Will the plastics industry kill LEED?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest skirmish in a decade-old battle broke out recently, as 20 trade groups announced a new coalition to challenge the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system as the dominant standard for buildings. In many respects, it's déjà vu. More

Sustainability economics: Solar power    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
James George writes, "Having just completed analysis of several theories that when combined produce what I call the 'Optimized Sustainment Model,' I want to share part of the story that is combined with the news of the day to complement it. The world is searching for sustainable economies, alternatives to capitalism or a dramatic revision. The context for my analysis was from the perspective of a citizen living within the American system as a member of the larger 'Planet Earth' community. As large and influential as America may be, it is still a microcosm." More

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AFE Certification goes high-tech
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The Association for Facilities Engineering has announced that its highly regarded Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Certification will be offered as an online course beginning Aug. 7. The CPMM Review Course will run every Tuesday and Friday for eight weeks. This series of real-time webinars allows you to prepare for the exam in the comfort of your own office. Participants must have access to a telephone and computer. To enroll or for more information, visit More

Green insurance for green buildings
Living Green Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the green building market for nonresidential and residential construction is expected to reach $96 billion and $140 billion in 2013. Though interest in the market of green building is growing, the process is still highly experimental, and few standards are in place to ensure the quality and durability of green structures. More

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Wind power playing a role in Oregon counties' economic growth
The Associated Press via The Bulletin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A 310-turbine project proposed on 61,000 acres near Heppner in Morrow County would produce up to 504 megawatts, according to its developer. The East Oregonian reports that the wind-power project also would generate substantial lease payments for the landowners involved. The Columbia River Gorge area led the state throughout the last three years in economic output and in employment, according to state economist Mark McMullen. More

Solar, wind energy a missed opportunity for Cuba
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The sleepy country setting that farmer Juan Alonso calls home hasn't changed much since he was born 74 years ago, with the two rustic wooden houses nestled among palm trees against a backdrop of green hills and clear skies. Incongruously perched atop the homes are the only visual clues that his 150-acre (60-hectare) farm inhabits the 21st century: the gleaming solar panels that revolutionized the lives of Alonso and his family. More

SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
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Smithsonian Institution and its Facilities Director to be highlighted at Facilities America Education Forum
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What does it take to manage a space shuttle and a million insects? Nancy Bechtol, CFM, will be the keynote speaker for the Facilities America Education Forum to be held in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10-12. Her presentation on "World Class Facilities, the Smithsonian's Largest Treasure" will highlight the special challenges of managing facilities that house everything from the tiniest insects to the Star Spangled Banner to the space shuttle Discovery. In addition, conference attendees will have the unique opportunity for a behind-the-scenes facilities tour of the Smithsonian's magnificent Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum which houses Discovery and many more space and aviation exhibits. More

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