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Let this stat sink in: 98% of lamp's energy goes to lighting the street instead of the night sky

Streetlights illuminate the night, shining upon roadways and sidewalks across the world, but these ubiquitous elements of the urban environment are notoriously inefficient and major contributors to light pollution that washes out the night sky. Recent innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) have improved the energy efficiency of streetlights, but, until now, their glow still wastefully radiated beyond the intended area.

The results indicated that crew size plays the biggest role in the ability to extinguish fires quickly; simply adding two additional members to a three- or four-person team of firefighters can have a drastic impact on the time it takes to extinguish a fire, the study found.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership has released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.


Contractors are reporting high use of safety practices, but fully-inclusive programs are not yet taking place in smaller firms, according to a new study by McGraw-Hill Construction on safety management in the construction industry. Can smaller firms just not afford the same safety commitments?  Are the solutions available and affordable?

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) has released its list of best green cars for 2013.  With electric vehicles, renewable energy, and sustainability constantly appearing on every facility manager’s menu at the moment, these vehicle options may be worthy to note.  Is it time to start preparing your parking structures and facilities to handle the influx of green options?

This is an interesting development as news from the industry during recent economic times can be less than promising.  Could this be a sign of an industry bounceback?


This is an interesting statistic, one that may be mirrored in the facility management industry on a much larger scale.

The chance of infection in some hospital wards varies dramatically according to whether the nurses leave the windows open.
New research has revealed that the use of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in hospital rooms can reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) by 58% as compared to patients treated in Intensive Care Units with non-copper touch surfaces.

The machine is more than 400 feet long and weighs more than 1323 tons. It will dig the Blue Plains Tunnel, which is a portion of DC Water's Clean River Project to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improve water quality in the District of Columbia.

MCR Development and The Brodsky Organization have announced the debut of The High Line Hotel, scheduled to soft-open in May 2013.
The rapid growth of the solar power industry over the past decade may have exacerbated the global warming situation it was meant to soothe, simply because most of the energy used to manufacture the millions of solar panels came from burning fossil fuels.

According to a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the potential engineering performance, energy-efficiency and environmental benefits make greening concrete a challenge worth tackling.

While the term is quite familiar and understood by many in the carpet cleaning industry, building owners and managers may be less familiar with what “low moisture” carpet cleaning is all about.

With increasing demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is continuing to strengthen. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are recognizing 118 awardees for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment.

Incorporating wind power into existing power grids is challenging because fluctuating wind speed and direction means turbines generate power inconsistently.
A comprehensive report recently released by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building.


Regulations keep coming, and facility managers and building owners can sometimes struggle to keep up. ACEEE has a new tool seeking to assist with some of the calculations that go into meeting regulation requirements.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. EPA continues to see an increase in buildings applying for and earning Energy Star certification each year. The cumulative number of Energy Star certified buildings has increased by more than 24% compared to last year, representing more than 3 billion square feet of floorspace nationwide. In 2012 alone, more than 8,200 buildings earned EPA’s Energy Star certification.

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