Sustainability: Page 2

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    Boston Logan Airport opens Terminal E after $33M facelift

    The renovation, which included exterior insulation, solar power and additional electrification efforts, aimed to improve energy efficiency to exceed Massachusetts energy code standards by at least 20%. 

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Facilities management, project management revenues buoy service firms

    Increased outsourcing offset sharp declines in leasing, while building technology and hardware providers hung their hats on electrification and automation trends.

    By Nov. 13, 2023
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    Energy efficiency measures could save buildings more than 31% annually

    The nine Atlanta commercial buildings in the Joulea pilot project combined can reduce their energy use by 19.7 million kilowatt hours and save $2.2 million per year, the company said.

    By Nov. 9, 2023
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    SEC commissioner suggests ‘re-proposing’ climate risk disclosure rule

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission "should do everything possible to not promulgate a rule that is costly and ineffective," Commissioner Mark Uyeda said.

    By Jim Tyson • Nov. 9, 2023
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    Poppy releases ventilation test kits, partners with Ainsworth

    The kits and Poppy’s training and accreditation program aim to help owners and operators monitor air quality and prepare for tighter regulations based on the new ASHRAE standard.

    By Nov. 8, 2023
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    Google taps ‘carbon-intelligent’ computing platform to help maintain grid reliability in power crises

    The platform, originally built to help Google achieve 24/7 clean energy use, has proven to be effective as a demand response mechanism, Google says.

    By Emma Penrod • Nov. 8, 2023
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    Few companies on track to meet water sustainability targets: Ceres

    The sustainability nonprofit evaluated 72 companies from water-intensive industries, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kellogg and Kraft Heinz.

    By Zoya Mirza • Nov. 7, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    The ‘less tangible’ social data in ESG creates reporting hurdles

    Social issues have historically fallen behind environmental and governance factors, a setback experts attribute to the ambiguity of what the “S” really encompasses.

    By Zoya Mirza • Nov. 6, 2023
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    How facilities managers can advance building sustainability: Insights from NFMT Remix

    Achieving decarbonization and energy efficiency involves collecting data, benchmarking, goal-setting and understanding electrification challenges and requirements, conference speakers said. 

    By Nov. 3, 2023
  • Workers install solar panels on the roof of a building.
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    Most organizations lack a fully established ESG reporting framework: report

    Heightened scrutiny around environmental, social and governance issues is impacting companies’ operations on every front, including their lease management, according to a study from Visual Lease.

    By Zoya Mirza • Nov. 3, 2023
  • A person walks along a flooded sidewalk with a panel glass storefont to their left and a large white sign with "Pharmacy" in bold blue letters in the background and two cars driving on the far right.
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    Bloomberg launches AI tool to help businesses navigate climate risks

    The tool, launched in partnership with Riskthinking.AI, will give businesses predictive exposure data under all of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate scenarios.

    By Lamar Johnson • Nov. 2, 2023
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    Bloom Energy, Google and Schneider Electric back federal tax credit extension for microgrid controllers

    The push for the 30% investment tax credit extension comes as the commercial and industrial sectors lead microgrid growth, one expert says.

    By Ethan Howland • Nov. 1, 2023
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    NFMT Remix focused on decarbonization, efficiency and innovation

    Emergency preparedness, technology adoption and benchmarking are other key focus areas for facilities managers, according to speakers at the conference.

    By Oct. 31, 2023
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    Gensler says SEC aims to avoid overreach on climate risk rule

    The SEC chief has come under fire for proposing that companies release data on the greenhouse gas emissions by their suppliers and customers.

    By Jim Tyson • Oct. 31, 2023
  • Schneider Electric predicts strong Q4 due to robust demand

    A continued focus on electrification, digitization and sustainability projects will bolster market demand for data centers and grid infrastructure, the company says.

    By Oct. 30, 2023
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    Inflation Reduction Act can propel building GHG emissions reductions: EPA

    Creating energy-efficient buildings and installing electric equipment are among the most effective strategies for emissions reduction, according to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    By Oct. 27, 2023
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    Los Angeles region to accelerate clean energy efforts in run-up to 2028 Olympics

    The road map sets new and more granular decarbonization targets, said a co-chair of the public-private partnership behind the plan.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Oct. 27, 2023
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    Heat pumps gain momentum for US emissions reduction

    Twenty-five U.S. governors have pledged to install 20 million units by 2030, but facilities managers are wary of retrofit costs and complexities.

    By Oct. 26, 2023
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    Debate swirls at NYC hearing on proposed delays to building emissions enforcement

    Participants weighed in on whether “good-faith efforts” toward compliance should delay penalties and whether renewable energy credits provide a worrisome loophole.

    By Updated Oct. 30, 2023
  • U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm holds a news conference at the Department of Energy headquarters to announce a breakthrough in fusion research on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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    DOE touts $18.5B in business energy savings through Better Buildings Initiative

    Public and private sector entities have cut costs while reducing energy use and emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s latest report.

    By Oct. 24, 2023
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    Rhizome launches climate resilience planning technology

    The startup says its platform draws on national lab research, building information and machine learning tools to place “a value of resilience” on proposed grid investments.

    By Oct. 24, 2023
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    Microsoft leans on PPAs, energy efficiency, water recycling in environmental efforts

    “Ensuring our buildings are energy efficient is a key first step in reducing emissions,” the tech giant said in its 2022 Environmental Report.

    By Oct. 23, 2023
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    5 things to know about companies’ sustainability priorities

    The latest edition of the Environmental Sustainability Index, released in July 2023, indicates that companies are increasing investments toward sustainability efforts such as improving energy efficiency.

    Oct. 23, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Heat pumps are hot, but commercial retrofits face cold realities

    Government decarbonization strategies call for widespread deployment of heat pumps for building heating and cooling, but experts warn of retrofit costs, disruption and other concerns.

    By Oct. 20, 2023
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    How facilities managers can transition away from fossil fuels

    Building decarbonization is a marathon, not a sprint, and requires forward planning starting now, says Dan Arant, manager of North America sales at the energy and ESG division of Brightly.

    By Oct. 19, 2023