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Hydropower legislation ramps up debate over dams
McClatchy Newspapers via The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hydropower dams would get a boost, while their skeptics would get punished, under a controversial bill backed by Western conservatives in Congress. In a bit of tit for tat, the legislation introduced this month would strip federal funding from environmental groups that have challenged hydropower facilities in court over the past decade. The bill further would block federal money from being used to study or undertake dam removals, save for the rare occasion when Congress has authorized the action. More

LEED certification for commercial buildings: What it means and how to get it
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U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certification LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building energy efficient lighting The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is informally referred to as LEED. A program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification is designed around the concept of sustainability. Buildings can achieve LEED certification in five primary areas. More

US wind energy industry breezes past 50 GW milestone
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The U.S. wind energy industry is now providing enough capacity to power 13 million homes, equivalent to all of Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Virginia, Alabama and Connecticut combined. The American Wind Energy Association used the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas to confirm that the sector had passed the 50 GW installed capacity milestone after yet another quarter of rapid growth. More

New rules, new problems: A construction manager discovers that as the rules of green construction evolve, so do the challenges
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As new rules are introduced, a learning curve is sometimes associated with them, and creative solutions are required to avoid problems down the road. One such learning curve became apparent in Rochester, N.Y., when LeChase was hired as the construction manager-at-risk for the construction of a new 75,000-square-foot math and science center at Nazareth College. More

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AFE Foundation extends scholarship deadline for facilities engineers
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The AFE Foundation offers grants to support the professional development of facilities engineers and operations and maintenance professionals. Two types of grants are available, and the deadline for application for both has been extended to Sept. 1. Certification scholarships support application, attendance and examination at an AFE CPE, CPMM or CPS Certification Review Program. Awards are up to $2,000 and include a voucher for the course tuition and exam fees as well as travel expenses for the recipient. The AFE Foundation also provides travel grants of up to $1,000 for facilities professionals and students to attend AFE's Facilities America 2012 Education Forum, Sept. 10-12, in Arlington, Va. Applications are available on the Foundation's website. More

Alabama lags in incentives for solar power
The Birmingham News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bart Slawson is one of only 27 residential customers of Alabama Power selling solar electricity back to the grid. An environmental lawyer, Slawson had his 3 kilowatt system of solar panels installed in 2005. He didn't do it initially to save money, but because, first, he'd been fascinated by the idea since he was a child and, second, he wanted people to be provoked into asking the same question he had: "I wondered why there is no photovoltaic presence in Alabama and it is full of sun," he said. More

Wind energy systems comes to Walmart distribution center
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Retail giant Walmart has unveiled its first on-site wind energy project. The project will find a home the retailer's Red Bluff, Calif., distribution center. The project is embodied by a single wind turbine, which boasts of a height of 265 feet. The wind turbine is manufactured by General Electric and will be able to provide a great deal of electrical power to the distribution center. This is the first time Walmart has embarked on an on-site wind energy project, but the retailer has shown support for various forms of alternative energy. More

SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
SPEC’s experience solving complex scale-up projects, regulatory compliance issues, and equipment specifications and installations provides a strong basis from which to host an engineering forum. MORE

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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

Sustainability across the board: A construction team employs flame-free, long-lasting heat fusion
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"It's where cool meets convenience. And urban living convenes with the outdoors. Green living meets gorgeous." These are the marketing taglines employed by The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads, a 365-unit, luxury market-rate rental apartment community that opened in November 2011. The Arbors is the residential component of Baltimore Crossroads @95, a mixed-use development with the capacity to support more than 6 million square feet of commercial office, flex, research and development, and warehouse space — including several hotels and retail villages. More

10 solar projects in India that can help fight grid blackouts
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India's massive grid blackouts this month have been the subject of much debate and much concern — and from a clean power perspective, highlights a market where there is much opportunity. But there are actually a good deal of projects in India that already are focused on installing solar projects, both for rural villages and larger utility-scale programs. More

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