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Studies have estimated that converting manure from the 95 million animal units in the United States would produce renewable energy equal to 8 billion gallons of gasoline, or 1% of the total energy consumption in the nation.

If you spend any part of your day in a classroom environment or educational facility, your IQ may be under assault by poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized three facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to protecting peoples’ health and the environment.

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and Honeywell have unveiled the school's Renewable Energy Center (REC), one of the largest university biomass installations in the country.


Carpet extractor wand selection can be very important for your facility or building.  Allow your cleaners to do the job more effectively and prevent injuries by following these simple tips.


A new study released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week reveals the green direction of design and construction jobs.  A full 35% of architects, engineers, and contractors (AEC) report having green jobs today for a total of 661,000 jobs.


In June, during this year’s NeoCon, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit 43, which applies to all Building Design and Construction and Interiors Design and Construction LEED rating systems.


Restrooms are getting retrofits.  In today’s economic climate, existing buildings are often the target for new restroom technology and design, especially larger facilities such as shopping centers, offices, airports, and hotels.  What restroom developments should building owners and facility managers expect on the horizon?


The findings of a new U.S. Forest Service study indicate that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.


Are next generation sustainable biofuels on the way courtesy of cheap sugar?  Walking into the office of Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown reveals a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid.


A recent survey of commercial property owners and building managers reveals some mindblowing insights regarding tenant desires.  A massive 90% of commercial property owners and building managers place high-speed network connections above gyms, cafeterias, and other amentities as one of the highest ranking priorities for tenants.


The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2010 and into the first half of 2011, according to the latest edition of an annual PV cost tracking report released by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).


Bedbugs have become a serious problem in hospitality facilities and buildings across the U.S., and facility managers and building owners should take the proper precautions when utilizing solutions to these difficult to deal with pests.  A disturbing debilitating trend is the use of harmful pesticides to combat these creatures.

When it comes to common workplace emergencies, being prepared can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your employees.  Is your facility prepared to handle a common disaster? 

Walmart has announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company’s solar portfolio to 75% of state locations. This makes California the first state in the U.S. to receive this level of commitment from Walmart’s renewable energy practices.


Facility managers and building owners beware – unclean restrooms can send a negative message.  Bradley Corporation’s third annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey has come up with some significant statistics regarding restroom hand health practices and unclean restroom perceptions and consequences.

Former President Jimmy Carter said in a wide-ranging interview Sunday on Platts Energy Week  that the United States likely will not generate a large portion of its power from green energy any time soon, but the nation's abundant natural gas reserves could provide a new path toward achieving energy security.

It's International Housekeepers Week - an opportunity for facility managers, building operators and cleaning professionals around the globe to recognize the hard and sometimes unrecognized work of the people who clean our buildings.


zHome, the first zero-energy, carbon neutral multifamily community in the United States, is now open, demonstrating that cutting-edge environmental building technologies are not only possible – but also scalable – for mainstream housing production.


The Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification as further recognition from the $550 million Empire State ReBuilding program. The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well-known building in the U.S. to receive LEED certification.

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