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Consequently, corporate offices are increasingly accommodating multiple working populations – full-time workers, part-time workers and remote workers who come to the office on both a scheduled and sporadic basis. But as workforce dynamics change, are physical office spaces keeping pace?


President Obama has launched EV-Everywhere, the second of the Energy Department’s “Clean Energy Grand Challenges”.  This initiative is designed to bring together scientists, engineers, and businesses to make electric vehicles a viable, affordable, and convenient option.  The goal is to make electric vehicles a persuasive choice within the next 10 years.


The Professional Development Center (PDC), a component of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) at The University of Texas at Austin, has announced the launch of a new training program in facility management.


Is solid-state LED lighting the future for street lighting?  If so, the future is now.  The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and the City of Seattle will take a look at solid-state street lighting in the Pacific Northwest when they collaborate on a three-night streetlight test in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood March 6 - 8.

School facility managers and building owners should be looking to score high marks in liability prevention and maintenance.  Proper floor care goes far beyond keeping surfaces safe and clean, and includes methods to extend floor life and the proper selection of materials. 

That’s true in all types of businesses, institutions and facilities, whether you work in the education, healthcare, government, commercial, hospitality or industrial sectors. In these highly challenging environments, safety and facilities organizations must be well prepared, equipped with appropriate fire and life-safety systems, and capable of communicating quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency.

Selecting furnishings for educational environments can be challenging. It’s not uncommon for a school’s union lounge to be overflowing with students draped across chairs, couches and floors while a university official tours prospective students, and his or her parents, within same the space.

The American Institute of Architects has announced that the Architecture Billings Index has entered into the positive zone for the third month in a row.  The ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending and can be used as an indicator of construction activity.


Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy will be supporting 142 small businesses across the nation on research projects.  The wide range of projects includes wind turbine development, chemical free approaches to killing bacteria in power plant cooling water, and improving nanomaterials.


Chick-fil-A has received LEED Gold certification at its Fort Worth, TX location.  The first Gold-certified restaurant in Fort Worth, the location has inspired the company to plan four more LEED designed restaurants in 2012.


Secretary Chu has detailed President Barack Obama's $27.2 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Energy Department. Requests focus on job creation, clean energy, national security, and innovation.


The EPA has issued final standards regarding emissions of polyvinyl chloride and copolymers (PVC).  These standards take an aggressive approach targeting air quality and citizen health in areas where thee facilities are located.


It sounds stranger than fiction, but University of Manchester mathematicians have developed the theory behind an invisibility cloak for buildings that could be used to protect key structures such as nuclear power plants, government facilities, and electric pylons from natural disasters such as earthquakes as well as terrorist attacks.


The field of 14 startups participating in the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge has been narrowed down to the three winners.  Americans chose the top innovators by casting nearly half a million votes online from January to February, with an expert panel conducting a separate review on the potential economic and societal contributions from the startup companies.


The EPA has recognized two DoD facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for utilizing CHP technology to generate clean, efficient, and reliable thermal energy.  The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, NC, and the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA, were both presented with the award.


Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a hybrid solar cell that could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by 25% or more.  The research detailing these potential energy gains was published today in Nano Letters.


The U.S Department of Labor has released a comprehensive guide to assist women in finding and keeping green jobs.  Why Green is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career launched today and is available in its entirety for free in both PDF and HTML form on the Department of Labor website at


Green electricity technology may be getting a significant boost from another green source: Plants.  Barry D. Bruce, professor of biochemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is adding new meaning to the term “power plant.”  Bruce and a team of researchers have developed a system that utilizes the photosynthetic process to produce inexpensive and efficient green energy.


In the facility manager’s ideal world, every building would be built like a fortress to withstand any emergency.  In reality, construction costs can be significant and engineers “build to code.”   Meeting minimal safety codes can result in situations that provide minimum comfort and protection when disaster strikes.


Electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts can now utilize GreenCharge on their iOS devices.  GreenChagre allows users to view battery data in real time and calculate and share the monetary benefits gleaned from electric vehicle usage.  GreenCharge launches today on all applicable iOS platforms.

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