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Setting the example in sustainability
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As college campuses across the country make great strides in sustainability, a few groundbreaking institutions have set the stage for success. Marist College, in particular, is a longtime leader in its commitment to protecting and preserving the historically significant ecosystem of its home, the Hudson Valley Region. Marist College educates approximately 4,600 traditional undergraduate men and women, 636 adult and continuing education students, and another 856 graduate students. Today, more than 35,000 alumni call Marist College their alma mater. More

Services and maintenance: 3 steps to roof replacement
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Working in a perfect environment, a facility manager would implement a sustainable roof program with the goal of achieving lowest cost of ownership while extending asset life. Three factors — proper design, quality construction, and proactive maintenance — have the greatest impact on achieving this goal. Meanwhile, reduced risk to personnel and property damage, fewer materials entering landfills, extended roof replacement cycles, and fewer headaches associated with emergency repairs are additional benefits of a sustainable roofing program. More

New flooring installation systems bring advantages
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The conventional bucket and adhesive approach to flooring installation might kick the bucket. New systems and technologies have floored the industry, touting benefits that traditional methods lack. More

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Offshore wind energy gains momentum in US
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The U.S. continues to show support for alternative energy, despite some criticism that claims the Obama administration is taking no action. Some of the perceived inaction may be due to the country's "all of the above" energy plan, which has the government pursuing every viable source of energy that is currently available. This broad approach means that each sector of energy can receive only a limited level of attention. Some of this attention is now being directed at offshore wind energy. More

Plastic bulb development promises better quality light
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U.S. researchers say they have developed a new type of lighting that could replace fluorescent bulbs. The new source is made from layers of plastic and is said to be more efficient while producing a better quality of flicker-free light. The new light source is called field-induced polymer electroluminescent, or Fipel, technology, and scientists believe the first units will be produced in 2013. More

Rob Watson: Green buildings need to make financial sense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, USA Today ran a couple of "man bites dog" stories about the LEED Green Building Rating System. The first article questioned whether LEED is too easy; the second article implied that "green" buildings are about making money, rather than advancing sustainability. Although some might argue that any publicity is good publicity, overall, I thought the USA Today articles were confused, contradictory and rife with mischaracterizations. More

Meteogroup: Snow in Germany cuts solar power output
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Snowfall in Germany is reducing solar output as covered panels can't generate power at a time when below-freezing temperatures are boosting demand for heating. Germany generates about 20 percent of its electricity from renewables. Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to exit nuclear energy by 2022 and raise the nation's share of renewable sources to at least 35 percent of the power mix by the end of this decade. More


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