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Rice engineers have developed polymer cores that redirect light from any source to solar cells.

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Luminescent Windows Generate Energy From Inside And Out

Rice engineers have developed polymer cores that redirect light from any source to solar cells.

OSHA Issues Proposed Rule To Update Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA has issued a proposed rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

NIBS Convenes Building Information Management Executive Roundtable

Nearly 40 business and government leaders discussed the need for a National Building Information Management Program to improve the relationships, performance and profitability of the increasingly digitalized U.S. AECO industry

Is Your School Custodian An Unsung Hero? 

If so, be sure to nominate your hardworking custodian as Cintas kicks-off its eighth-annual nationwide Custodian of the Year contest.

Time To Vote: Pick Your Favorite Soap Dispenser Design

SC Johnson has announced the Top 10 student finalists in its annual Happy Hands Contest: you have until February 28 to vote for your favorite design!

John Carrillo Begins Term As Global FM Chairman 

John Carrillo, CFM, IFMA Fellow, begins his two-year term as Chairman of the Global Facility Management Association’s Board of Directors.

OSHA Issues Stronger Workplace Guidance On Coronavirus

New guidance from OSHA lists essential elements in a program to mitigate, prevent the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.

Building Safety Month 2021: Prevent, Prepare, Protect.

Building Safety Month 2021 celebrates the industry’s resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and looks to continue creating safe and sustainable buildings and communities.

Stars Promote Safer Indoor Spaces Through WELL Health-Safety Rating

Lady Gaga, Michael B. Jordan, and Robert DeNiro are among the celebrity ambassadors raising awareness about facilities that prioritize the health and safety of their staff and visitors.

Disability Employment Toolkit For Small Businesses Available

The Northeast ADA Center toolkit features practical advice on disability employment best practices, along with expert guidance on following Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A Workplace Divided: Employees Split Over COVID-19 Vaccine

Over 60% surveyed are fearful of the COVID-19 vaccine and 40% note they would consider leaving their organization if it required inoculation, raising issues for organizations navigating how to safely return to the office.

Annual Adjustments To OSHA Civil Penalties Announced

OSHA’s maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations will increase from $13,494 per violation to $13,653 per violation.

Decision Makers Increasing Investments In Healthy Building Initiatives

Facility executives are prioritizing three mission critical focus areas of a healthy building — people, places, and planet — finds Johnson Controls survey.

OSHA Reminds Employers To Submit 2020 Injury And Illness Data

Employers must submit calendar year 2020 Form 300A to OSHA electronically by March 2, 2021.

OSHA Inspections Target Workplaces With Highest Injury, Illness Rates

The Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive is OSHA’s primary targeting program for non-construction establishments with 20 or more employees.

Industrial Packaging First In U.S. To Achieve Pandemic Prepared Certification

AIB International’s Pandemic Prepared Certification is the first certification created specifically for the food and beverage supply chain.

Denver Broncos Win IFMA Facility Management Achievement Award

The Broncos have earned the 2020 Facility Management Achievement Award from the IFMA Denver chapter for health and safety measures used at Empower Field at Mile High.

New Partnership Will Help Cities Create Safer, Healthier Places

The IWBI and National League of Cities collaboration will focus on the development of strategies, tools, and resources that will enable city leaders to navigate in a post-COVID-19 world.

OSHA Has Issued Over $3M In Coronavirus Violations

Since the start of the pandemic, OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $3,403,139 as a result of 255 inspections for violations relating to COVID-19.

Workers Would Rather Clean, File Taxes Than Attend Office Holiday Party

Nearly 40% of workers are happy their office won’t be hosting a holiday party in 2020, according to a recent survey by Convene.

Real Estate Industry Should Adopt Health, Social Equity Practices

Two new Urban Land Institute reports highlight the need for the real estate industry to promote health and social equity.

FEMA Projects Implementing I-Codes Could Save $600B By 2060

As the frequency and severity of natural hazards continue to increase year-over-year, a new FEMA study reaffirms that building codes continue to be the best first line of defense.

Cleaning Protocols Increase Consumer Confidence In Businesses

Ahead of the upcoming holiday shopping season, a new survey shows Americans are ready to return to stores, as long as proper cleaning protocols are in place. 

Bezos Earth Fund Awards Rocky Mountain Institute $10M

Funding will allow the Rocky Mountain Institute to further catalyze significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. buildings and heavy industry.

USGBC Names 2020 Leadership Award Recipients

The U.S. Green Building Council's annual awards recognize extraordinary leadership in green building and commitment to advancing healthy, sustainable buildings and communities

Green Seal’s Safer Disinfecting Practices Service 1 Billion Square Feet

Flagship properties One Penn Plaza, The Kennedy Center and Merchandise Mart are among those serviced by Green Seal-certified cleaning services.

USGBC To Fund 500 LEED Professionals In Underserved Communities

The commitment marks the launch of USGBC’s new equity program USGBC All In: Building Equity Together, which aims to build green building expertise and workforce.

IREM Accepting Grant Applications For Elaina’s Sustainability Fund

Elaina's Sustainability Fund grants encourage innovation or adoption of sustainability and occupant wellness initiatives that impact the buildings where we live, work, shop, and play.

OSHA Guides Employers On COVID-19 Inspection Standards

The COVID-19 guidance addresses the most frequently cited standards, including Respiratory Protection, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Personal Protective Equipment, and General Duty Clause.

GBCI Announces 2020 LEED Fellows

The 2020 class of LEED Fellows includes 25 green building leaders who represent the top of their field and are committed to creating healthier, more sustainable and resilient communities.

Yale New Haven Health Recognized For Facility Management Excellence 

The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) has awarded Yale New Haven Health its 2020 Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award.

GBCI Surpasses 1,000 TRUE Advisor Professionals

GBCI's TRUE Advisors help facilities achieve TRUE certification, as well as support and implement zero waste policies and programs.

BSSC Updates Earthquake Design Provisions For FEMA

The Building Seismic Safety Council's new seismic provisions for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program support strong standards and codes to bolster building resilience.

IBHS Offers Wildfire Preparedness Guide For Small Businesses

Amid an active western wildfire season, “Wildfire Ready–Business” provides foundational preparedness projects for small businesses and commercial building owners.

OSU Receives Facilities Management Industry Award

Oklahoma State University finds innovative learning potential in facilities management, receives industry award.

Women In Green Building Face Challenges In Wake Of COVID-19 Crisis

While many women are finding support from employers, 62% of survey respondents agree the pandemic is negatively impacting workplace equity.

UL, Telecommunications Industry Association Launch Smart Building Rating Program

The SPIRE™ Smart Building Program is the world’s first-and-only comprehensive and objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings.

ANSI Board Can Now Recognize Apprenticeship Programs

As a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE), the ANSI National Accreditation Board can now evaluate and recognize Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, including those in facilities management.

Ready To Vote? America’s Top 10 Restrooms For 2020 Revealed

Cintas invites you to vote for your favorite restroom in its 19th annual America’s Best Restroom Contest. 

Edge Computing Design And Operation Guide Released

ASHRAE has created a technical bulletin to help mitigate the adverse environmental conditions that can compromise reliability and uptime of IT equipment. 

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