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Facilities America housing deadline looms
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With the Facilities America Education Forum fast approaching Sept. 10-12, the Association for Facilities Engineering reminds everyone that the deadline to reserve rooms at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington VA (just across the river from Washington, D.C.) is this Thursday, Aug. 23. AFE has reserved a block of rooms at the very special rate of $159 per night. But this rate is only valid until Aug. 23. After that, the room rate increases to $265. So reserve your space now and experience the premier professional development opportunity for facilities engineers, managers, operations and maintenance professionals. More



Obama backs wind energy; Romney favors coal
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President Barack Obama was in Iowa last week, touting the electric potential of wind power. Republican rival Mitt Romney was in Ohio, talking up coal. Each candidate accused the other of standing in the way of the rival energy source. More

Conserving energy, saving money while improving IEQ
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Energy costs are one of the largest expenses of operating a building. Using less energy in buildings sends savings directly to the bottom line. So why do so many organizations avoid energy audits — performed either internally or by an outside professional audit team? Usually it is because they do not want to spend money on what they speculate the recommendations in the audit might cost; therefore, there is no reason to spend money on an audit in the first place. Does this sound familiar? More

Green buildings: Boost business and neighborhoods
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Developers and commercial building owners are increasingly using sustainable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient practices to lower costs, and the practice is spreading to include entire communities. The U.S. Green Building Council just announced that the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program surpassed 2 billion square feet. An additional 7 billion square feet is currently in the pipeline across the globe, the council reports. More


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Facility management industry faces talent challenge
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A shortage of skilled facility managers is the biggest hurdle to the delivery of FM services in Asia Pacific, according to a Jones Lang LaSalle survey of more than 60 senior facility management professionals at the recent World Workplace Asia 2012 conference held in Singapore. More

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


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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Wind power hits 57 percent mark in Colorado
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During the early morning hours of April 15, with a steady breeze blowing down Colorado's Front Range, the state's biggest utility set a U.S. record: nearly 57 percent of the electricity being generated was coming from wind power. As dawn came and the 1.4 million customers in Xcel Energy's service district began turning on the lights, toasters and other appliances, the utility's coal and natural gas-fired power plants ramped up production and brought wind's contribution back closer to its 2012 average of 17 percent. More

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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