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Nov. 11, 2008
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Venues Turn to Recycling for Long-term Savings
from Sports Business Journal
The Memphis Grizzlies are making money selling cardboard. The NBA team’s recycling efforts at FedEx Forum have paid off four years after expanding the number of waste items put back into circulation for further use. Recycling is an easy and obvious way to go green, and it carries a lot of weight for arenas and stadiums pursuing LEED status for existing buildings, said Mike Wooley, HOK Sport’s LEED operations and maintenance consultant. More

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Skyscrapers Can Be Environmentally-friendly and Bird-friendly
from Chicago Tribune
In Chicago and other cities, thousands of migrating birds die each year due to collisions with brightly-lit skyscrapers that lure them off course. Or they fly around the lighted high-rises until they fall to the ground from exhaustion. Some advocates claim that building-bird collisons are one of the leading causes of bird deaths in North America. But the solution to this problem doesn't appear to be getting rid of lights. It's turning them down. More

Board Establishes Young Professionals Category
from AFE
The Board of Directors has agreed to establish a “young professionals” membership category effective Jan. 1, 2009. The person who fits in this category is defined as someone “under the age of 30 actively involved directly or indirectly with the field of facilities engineering.” Annual dues will be $100. Other categories are for students, professionals, retirees and lifetime members. “This specialized category demonstrates our enthusiasm for welcoming colleagues just setting out on their careers,” CEO Laurence Gration said. “We hope everyone helps spread the word about this initiative, as we keep expanding our network and growing the association.”

New Solar Panel Coating Captures More Sunlight
from Reuters
A new type of reflective coating can make solar panels far more efficient, soaking up nearly all available sunlight from nearly any angle, U.S. researchers said. Current solar panels -- which convert energy from the sun into electricity -- absorb only about two-thirds of available sunlight. But surfaces treated with a coating developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, can harvest 96.2 percent of sunlight. More


Mold in Ductwork is Topic of Webinar
from AFE
Roger Morse of Morse Zehnter Associates will conduct the webinar, “Mold in Ductwork” 2-3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 12. This session will describe the sources of moisture that cause mold inside ductwork, and how to correct these problems. It also reminds you that after the moisture problems are solved the mold will cease to grow, but microbiological debris will be left in the ducts. The pros and cons of duct cleaning to deal with this debris will be discussed, and duct cleaning methods will described. Participants in this webinar can earn 0.1 credits toward CPE, CPMM or CPS recertification. All current members can attend for free. Non-members are welcome; the cost to them is $99 per person, per session. To register, click here.

Green Light for Grey Buildings - New Hope for Old Offices
from ScienceAlert
Australia has lagged behind in regulating for building performance. California, for instance, legislated for energy efficiency in the mid 1970s. However, over the past five to 10 years, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) has steadily tightened its rules and we are now poised to benefit from the experiences of those quicker off the mark. Even when efficiency is the topic, the throw-away mentality seems to apply, even to major structures such as office buildings. Many of us are attracted to the glamour of the new and innovative and less inclined to value what’s already there. More

Learn How to Evaluate and Implement a CMMS
from AFE
From noon to 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 19, maintenance technology expert Kris Bagadia, PE, CPE, of PEAK Industrial Solutions will present a live, interactive webinar on how to successfully evaluate and implement a computerized maintenance management system. Bagadia, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's in industrial engineering, has worked as a plant engineer and project manager. He has been using CMMS programs since they were in their infancy; he knows the oldest and the latest information about them. The cost is $99 for AFE members; $129 for non-members. For more information and to register, contact Carol Lawrence at or (703) 234-4068.

Recent Members Can Continue Insurance
from AFE
AFE’s insurance provider is making a special offer to some of our newest members. Anyone who joined our association between June 1, 2007 and Oct. 31, 2008, who is under the age of 60 and is a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (except Quebec), will have the option of continuing the coverage they got for six months for free on a premium-paying basis beginning June 1, 2009. These members will receive a premium notice if and only if they choose to convert the no-cost insurance to a permanent term life plan to continue the $50,000 of coverage. There is no obligation on the member’s part to continue this insurance. No physical exam is required. Details will be mailed to everyone who is in the eligibility group.

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