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While many industry veterans continue to ride out the recession, Caterpillar Inc. has posted a record increase in sales and revenues for 2011 – Their largest percentage increase in any year since 1947.  Caterpillar has stated a figure of $60.138 billion, an increase of 41% from $42.588 billion in 2010.  How did they do it?  The percentage increase was largely driven by demand for products and services outside the United States.

As facility managers and building owners plunge into the New Year, green and sustainable trends can be analyzed to help lay out an effective plan for 2012.  Even if you’re not planning sustainable redesigns or developments for your properties this year, it can be valuable to keep up with the green world.

In the south, there may not be months of ice and snow, but there is still a transitional period from winter to spring. Turf and other plant material are coming out of the shorter, cooler days and need attention. Check out these tips to maintain your facility’s landscape during these months.


Before you know it, spring will be here, and the best way to get a jump on spring landscape maintenance is to start planning now. Check out these tips for your facility or building on two important landscape maintenance components: mulching and pruning.


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, is supporting an interoperable smart grid for the United States. Ranking among the Obama Administration's top priorities for the nation, the smart grid is a planned nationwide network that integrates information and communication technologies, enabling two-way flows of energy and communications to deliver electricity efficiently, reliably, and securely.


Thirty-six people are being recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at the Society’s 2012 Winter Conference held Jan. 21-25.


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the first step toward manufacturing small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in the United States.  Through the draft Funding Opportunity Announcement announced today, the Department will establish cost-shared agreements with private industry to support the design and licensing of SMRs.


 The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, with Colorado being the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person in 2011.


Earth Advantage Institute has announced its annual prediction of 10 green building trends to watch for 2012.  Utilizing information and discussion with policymakers, builders, developers, architects, real estate brokers, appraisers, lenders, and homeowners these predictions are an interesting top level view of a continually developing field.  While many of these trends deal with homeowners, facility managers and building owners may be able to pull relevant takeaways from shifts in the green game.


The GO Group is converting all or part of their airport shuttle fleets to alternative fuel.  Serving San Fransciso International, Seattle-Tacoma International, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Puerto Rico's Luis Munoz Marin International, these fleets are moving to compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane.


Comprehensive greenhouse gas data reported directly from large facilities across the United States is now available through the EPA’s GHG Reporting Program.  The data available from 2010 features information from facilities in nine industry groups, with over 6,700 facilities included.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has traveled to Detroit, MI, this week to highlight the Obama Administration’s support for the American automobile industry and the role investing in innovation will play in keeping U.S. workers and companies competitive. 
A 2010 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain in a hospital lobby, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012.  What can facility managers and building owners expect from the industry this year?  Growth, uncertainty and end-user benefits come to the forefront as themes for 2012.  Is your strategic acquisition plan for 2012 in place?  These tips may help you formulate your plans.


The PVC Pipe Association is urging Congress to curtail the practice of writing blank checks to local governments and utilities, focusing on outdated, closed procurement policies that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials for water and wastewater infrastructure.


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced an initiative to protect the country’s grid from cyber attacks. As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance the reliability and security of the grid, the Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity Project will utilize industry and public sector experts to create a comprehensive security strategy.


Welcome to 2012 – Is your office landscape prepared to take on another year of sustainability upgrades and productivity initiatives?  Simple changes can impact your bottom line and create an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees, clients, and visitors.


As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back on some of our best green offerings from 2011.  Explore future of LEED, sustainable solutions, green roofs and building codes, tips, guides, webinars and more from our 2011 green content.


As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back to some of our best lighting content from 2011.  Explore the impact and future of LED, maintenance solutions, tips, guides, webinars and more from our 2011 lighting offerings.


As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back to some of our best energy offerings of 2011.  Explore the potential of BIM, PPAs, demand response, and energy management tips, guides, and webinars from the BUILDINGS 2011 energy lineup.

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