Legionella expert Janet E. Stout, PhD, to speak at Facilities America
Janet E. Stout, PhD, who discovered the link between the presence of Legionella bacteria in hospital water systems and the occurrence of hospital-acquired Legionnaires' disease, recently accepted an invitation to speak at AFE's Facilities America Convention, Oct. 5-6, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Dr. Stout has been instrumental in the development of detection and prevention strategies for this disease. She worked as a microbiologist at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System for 23 years before becoming the Director of Special Pathogens Laboratory. Her expertise in the area of Legionella and infectious disease microbiology has become internationally recognized.
Dr. Stout has authored approximately 80 peer review papers in the area of Legionnaires' disease, which include papers in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and the Journal of the American Water Works Association.
Dr. Stout received her BS in Biology from Clarion State College, Clarion, Pennsylvania; and her Masters and PhD degrees in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
For more information, or to register for Facilities America, visit: www.facilitiesamerica.com.
Indigo Tower: A pollution-fighting skyscraper
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Hong Kong-based Frederick Givens, an architect, and Benny Chow, a sustainable building specialist, have developed a skyscraper design that would chemically clean polluted air. Envisioned for Qingdao, China, a city with particularly bad air quality, the tower would have a skin featuring a nano-coating of titanium dioxide. When smog hits the skin, sunlight would trigger a chemical reaction that would neutralize grease and toxins, with oxygen and water as byproducts. The tower would work both day and night, by simultaneously collecting solar energy and chemically cleaning the air during the daytime. More
AFE Foundation grants must be postmarked today
Today is the final day to apply for AFE Foundation travel grants of up to $1,000 to attend the free Facilities America Conference being held in Las Vegas, Oct. 5-6, 2010. Facilities America Conference Grants are made available to enable participation by facility professionals, associates and educators who would not otherwise be able to attend.
The AFE Foundation is also offering grants of up to $2,000 to attend any AFE certification course, including those being held in Las Vegas in conjunction with Facilities America. The popular CPMM and CPS certification courses will be held in conjunction with Facilities America, and grant proceeds may be used for participation in those programs.
You must hurry! Applications for both the Facilities America and AFE Certification grants must be post-marked by today, Aug. 31, 2010. Applicants will be notified of results by email. More
How to get prompt payback from an aging icon that guzzles energy
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Most Manhattan office buildings are designed for paper pushers, but there is a new factory running at the end of a long dim corridor on the fifth floor of the Empire State Building. Here machines are whirring, a furnace is roaring, and dozens of blue-collar workers are bustling about. They are setting up to dismantle the building's 6,514 double-hung window frames, to reuse the glass and make them anew. It is part of one of the nation's most ambitious and symbolic energy-efficiency programs: a $20 million effort to cut the skyscraper's overall energy use by 38 percent. More
Biden says US on track to double renewable energy capacity
Government stimulus spending has put the country on track to double renewable energy production capacity by 2012 and halve solar power costs by 2015, Vice President Joseph Biden said. President Barack Obama's stimulus spending poured $814 billion into the U.S. economy, including more than $100 billion for science, technology and innovation projects. More
Study shows increased lighting efficiency will not cause decline in energy production
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Replacing the Edison lightbulb with solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) made sense considering that many lighting developers thought it would reduce electrical usage worldwide. However, a new study argues that increased lighting efficiency will not cause a decline in electricity production because people will just use more of it, keeping the amount of electrical usage steady. More
Early bird discount for Las Vegas certification classes ends tomorrow
The Early Bird Discount for the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) and Certified Plant Supervisor(CPS) Review Courses and Exams are scheduled to end tomorrow. Jim Taylor is Lead Instructor for the courses to be held Oct. 2-5, 2010, at the Las Vegas Country Club.
"AFE Certification is the best way to increase your professional standing, strengthen your job skills, and get the recognition you need for advancement in your career," said Wayne Carley, PhD, AFE Professional Development Programs lead. He also noted that AFE Certified facilities professionals earn $7,000-$10,000 more than their colleagues. More
Self-cleaning solar panels
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One of the best places to put a solar panel is in the desert, where it's sunny. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution—by letting solar panels clean themselves. More
Living curtains help save energy
"Green curtains" of outdoor vines can not only shade windows and keep interiors from growing too hot, but can produce food for the occupants or workers inside the buildings they grow on. That's exactly what "curtains" of goya and morning glory are doing for 20 manufacturing and office buildings belonging to the Kyocera Group. Launched in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, in 2007, Kyocera's environmental project has since expanded to facilities in Thailand and Japan. More
South gives battery recycling a surge
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Call2Recycle, North America's only free battery and cell phone collection program, announced that battery recycling is on the rise, although the increase is coming from surprising places. While the increase—up more than eight percent so far this year over 2009—demonstrates that Americans are recycling more as a whole, the states with the highest percentage of increase are all in the south, a region that traditionally is slow to adopt sustainability programs. States such as California, Minnesota and Vermont that are typically among the nation's leaders in green initiatives have had a dip in battery recycling. More