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The six month anniversary of Hurricane Ike is a reminder to all coastal residents of the very real threat they face from high winds and storm surge.

The six month anniversary of Hurricane Ike is a reminder to all coastal residents of the very real threat they face from high winds and storm surge.



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Hurricane Ike Anniversary is a Reminder to Prepare

The six month anniversary of Hurricane Ike is a reminder to all coastal residents of the very real threat they face from high winds and storm surge.

Expanded Pasadena Convention Center Pursuing LEED Silver

The expanded facility opened on March 1, 2009, six weeks ahead of schedule.

Pizza Fusion Unveils World’s First LEED® Certified Pizzeria

Pizza Fusion was recently awarded Gold and Silver certifications by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its first two restaurants built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications in Palm Beach Gardens and Weston, Florida. This recognition makes Pizza Fusion the first LEED certified pizzeria in the world.

New Product Flash: STI-6200 From Safety Technology International

The battery operated alarm helps stop the theft and vandalism of fire extinguishers.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Maine Coffee Shop Tries Stripped Down Marketing Tactic

Less is more, at least for one innovative coffee shop in the small town of Vassalboro, ME. Owner Donald Crabtree has found a way to bolster business and bring in the customers (and job applicants) during this tough economic spike: topless servers.

What Exactly Is A Smart Grid?

In 2009, the economic stimulus package included $54 billion for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart grid projects. What exactly does that all mean and how will it affect your area?

ASHRAE Grant Challenges Students On Plug Loads

From computers to popcorn poppers to hair dryers, energy use in dormitories often runs rampant due an overload of appliances.

Registration Open for IFMA’s World Workplace 2009!

The International Facility Management Association has opened registration for World Workplace 2009 Conference & Expo! This event is one you don’t want to miss. Held Oct. 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., World Workplace brings industry leaders from the world's top business and government organizations together with educators and exhibitors to focus on the future of the work environment.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A Response to "Reaching Into The Tech Toolbox"

In this Web Exclusive, find out about opportunities to save money with a bit of intelligent waste management.

FRIDAY FUNNY: The Employee Happiness Kit

With jobless rates topping 8% around the country, employers are scrambling to find options to pacify staff members left to do the work left behind. Here is a low cost option for facility managers to consider.

Employers Unnerved by Ruling Upholding the Legality of Guns in Workplace Parking Lots

A 2009 ruling by a federal appeals court meant managers in a growing number of states must accept what, for many, is a troubling reality—their employees have the legal right to keep guns in their cars at work, even with layoffs on the rise and economic tensions running high.

SunPower Completes Australia’s Largest Roof-Mounted Solar System

SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of high-efficiency, solar cells, solar panels, and solar systems, has completed construction on a 305-kilowatt SunPower solar power system atop the roof of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Infrastructure Spending Fast Forwards in Missouri

The first infrastructure project to move forward under the new federal economic stimulus package was announced earlier this week on 2/24/09.

Friday Funny: Decoding Cyberjargon

In order to help keep its visitors up with the times, FacilityBlog brings you this glossary of terms that apply to today's techno-times.

Starbucks Opens LEED® Certified Coffee Roasting Plant

Starbucks Coffee Company recently announced the opening of its state-of-the-art roasting plant located in Calhoun County in central South Carolina. The facility employs 100 full-time Starbucks partners (employees) and supplies coffee to the company’s southeastern U.S. stores. The facility is also is an example of the company’s global commitment to green design and has been awarded LEED Silver certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

FM Alert Launched!

Published regularly with exclusive content, FM Alert will keep industry professionals up to date on breaking news, emerging trends, and the latest innovations and insights.

IFMA Announces Global Job Task Analysis Project

IFMA's education department hopes to define and advance facility management globally by identifying a universal body of knowledge that forms the foundation of the profession.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Improve Morale Through Cleaner Workplace Banter

Three of the most critical factors that affect morale are lighting, temperature, and noise. And improved morale can lead to higher productivity and lower absenteeism. Find out how you improve morale in your workplace with these few free suggestions.

IFMA Kicks Off FM-3D Conference on Monday, Feb. 23

Hear expert advice from some of the most prominent speakers in the industry, and find out which methods for success they have adopted internally.

World’s Most Innovative Ecoresort to Be Built on Monterey Coastline

To be located on a degraded former sand mining site, Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort will be an environmentally friendly development that will provide visitors, tourists, and residents with an ideal green living environment as well as educational facilities for instruction on sustainability and environmental principles.

Sustainability Demands the Focus of New IFMA Course

"Sustainable FM: A Practitioner's Guide to Greening Your Facility," IFMA's most in-demand session, will assist facility managers lead sustainability efforts and take practical actions to justify their programs.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Monty Python’s Architect Sketch

Facility managers should be suspicious of an RFP that includes rotating knives or a mock up with a questionable central pillar system.

New Sustainability Summit Highlights IFMA’s FM-3D Conference

  The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is bringing three of its most interactive, content rich educational and networking events to San Diego, CA, during...

Museum Project Adjusts To Financial Reality

Planners for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC have announced an extended timeline and cost-saving measures to keep the project on track.

Web Exclusive: Maintaining Hazcom Compliance

Many facility managers are turning to solutions with a low environmental impact to achieve HazCom Standard compliance including the electronic management of MSDSs.

Friday Funny: Storied Disneyland

The magic of Disney has been experienced by millions of people around the world over the past several decades.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Most Bizarre Boss Behaviors

They lie, they cry, they yell a lot. They’re bad bosses, and 43% of workers reported they have quit a job to get away from them.

Federal Agency Expands Emergency Notification

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is extending its use of an alert service across its main campus in Bethesda, MD and to NIH facilities in the Washington metropolitan area and around the country.

First Higher Ed Contract Under Clinton Climate Initiative Signed

Lee College has entered into an energy savings performance contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. to perform energy retrofits on its campus in Baytown, TX.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Paging Dr. Hello Kitty!

Visitors view newborns in the Hello Kitty-designed maternity ward, at the Hau Sheng hospital. (AP Photo Credit/Wally Santana) Back in 2006, Hau Sheng Hospital in...

New Product Flash: Destroyit Shredder With Free Automatic Oiler From MBM

The 2604 is the latest addition to MBM Corporation’s line of Destroyit business shredders.

LonMark Collaborating With GreenLink Alliance

The partnership provides a platform for LonMark’s work in with open and interoperable standards and GreenLink’s mission to expand tax incentives for the use of intelligent control technology in existing buildings.

Registration Begins For IFMA’s World Workplace 2009

After a successful 2008 show in Dallas, IFMA will be bringing 2009 edition of World Workplace to Orlando.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Workshop Tools for “Dirty Jobs”

In the spirit of "Dirty Jobs," this Friday Funny is dedicated to all of those skilled workers who follow the mantra: I'm dirty, and I'm proud.

Encelium Technologies Recognized By Frost & Sullivan

The company has been awarded the North American Green Lighting Controls Market 2008 Emerging Company of the Year Award.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Creative Career Building Techniques

As the job market tightens, job seekers are becoming more creative in their efforts to attract the attention of potential employers.

NYC's First Commercial Net Metered Solar PV System In Operation

In August 2008, New York State Governor David A. Paterson signed legislation to expand the state's net metering laws to non-residential customers.

DC-Based Company Providing Equipment For Today’s Inauguration

ICx Technologies has provided a variety of equipment to the U.S. Park Police, in cooperation with the National Park Service.


Sometimes, when you're trying to make something better, you actually make it worse. Here are two brief video clips that are textbook examples of demolitions gone wrong. (There are many of these gems online, for those of you who might be interested.)

A Founder of Clean Air-Cool Planet To Be Named To DOE

Susan F. Tierney was assistant secretary of energy for policy in the Clinton administration and more recently an energy and economics consultant with the Boston-based Analysis Group.

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