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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.


There may be ways to capitalize on green, sustainable solutions at your facility, office, or building that require only a few simple changes.  While big changes can take time and approval to implement, these green office tips from MXenergy are easy to roll out and can have substantial benefits to both green initiatives and your bottom line.


The two worst air quality zones in the U.S. - California’s San Joaquin Valley and South Coast - are being targeted by the EPA for dramatic ozone air quality plans.  The EPA is proposing to approve the 8-hour ozone air quality plans in these locations. 


Aspiring facility managers and building owners take note – a green resume goes a long way.  Beginning your career in today’s economy can be a daunting challenge.  To get a leg up on the competition, especially in the facility management field, consider greening your resume to increase the chances of landing a job.

Scientists from the University of Picardie Jules Verne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are reporting development of a new genre of an electrolyte system for solar cells that breaks the double-digit barrier in the efficiency with which the devices convert sunlight into electricity.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to 1366 Technologies, Inc. for the development of a multicrystalline wafer manufacturing project that could drive down the costs of solar manufacturing, making solar a more viable energy option.


U.S. Department Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have announced nearly $17 million in funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology.


The GridWeek Leadership Awards program has selected five winners.  These winners will be presented with awards at GridWeek 2011, Sept 13-15 in Washington D.C.  The awards in each category are as follows:


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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