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09/02/2011

Vice President Joe Biden announced a milestone for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0.  Five pioneering energy companies have attracted more than $100 million in outside private capital investment.  These energy innovators could change the way Americans use and produce energy.

09/01/2011

Copper theft from HVAC units has become a daily occurrence in the United States, and this costly crime can shut down your buildings and facilities.  The selling price of copper has risen approximately 60% since 2007, and thieves have seen the potential, targeting churches, schools, businesses, and even homes.

08/25/2011
Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain, dubbed "TU-103," that can use paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline.
08/24/2011

Facility restrooms: People want to get in, get out and be on their way as quickly as possible.  Facility managers and building owners may be surprised to learn that a restroom’s design and layout have a lot to do with how long it takes for individuals to use it.

08/24/2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution data electronically.
08/22/2011

Commercial and high-rise residential and federal buildings must now meet requirements in ASHRAE/IESNA’s 2007 energy efficiency standard, under recent rulings issued by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) that finds the standard saves more energy than the 2004 version.

08/18/2011
Small businesses in Minnesota are becoming green thanks to a nonprofit organization.
08/18/2011
Delivering more than 40% of the world's mail and reaching every business and residential address in America six days a week requires the dependable, ubiquitous vehicle fleet of the U.S. Postal Service. The world's largest civilian fleet delivers more than 167 billion pieces of mail to more than 150 million addresses, along 230,000 routes, logging 4 million miles a day, with 215,000 postal vehicles, of which more than 44,000 are alternative fuel-capable.
08/17/2011

Scientists have identified a new and unlikely raw material for biodiesel fuel: Alligator fat.

08/17/2011
Sierra magazine announces the fifth annual ranking of the nation's "Coolest Schools," a salute to the efforts of U.S. colleges that help solve climate issues and operate sustainably.
08/16/2011

The AT&T Carbon Impact Assessment Tool allows businesses to calculate the estimated GHG emissions and cost savings of using solutions that replace or reduce business travel and increase productivity and collaboration.

08/16/2011

President Obama today announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy will invest up to $510 million during the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. 

08/15/2011

As back to school season approaches and hundreds – if not thousands of schools are being inundated with sneaker- and boot- clad feet and sliding desks and chairs this month, it is important that building and facility managers take a proactive approach to maintaining their facilities this school season.

08/15/2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that through its Greening America’s Capitals (GAC) project, it will help the capital cities of Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Nebraska and the District of Columbia to create healthy communities through green development.

08/15/2011
Researchers in Virginia have created a circuit that uses so little energy that batteries are not even necessary.
08/15/2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the Department of Energy finalized a $102 million loan to Record Hill Wind, LLC.  The loan guarantee, in conjunction with an investment by the Yale University Endowment, will support the Record Hill wind project.

08/11/2011
A group of advisors to Energy Secretary Steven Chu today released a series of consensus-based recommendations regarding shale gas.  The
08/11/2011

Most of the nation – from seaside suburbs to our national parks - has experienced health-threatening "bad air" days this year due to smog pollution, according to a new analysis of government air pollution data by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

08/10/2011

According to data from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), compensation for architects has experienced a decline of over 25% between 2007 and 2010.  With the demand for new projects sliding, it’s important for facility managers, building owners, and anyone related to the construction or architectural field to keep note of these developments

08/10/2011

ASHRAE, along with HVAC&R, architecture, interior design and building construction industry colleagues from around the world, will host the seventh International HVAC Cold Climate Conference, Nov. 12-14, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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