Category: Green Building

State, Local Governments Receive Grants for Clean Energy Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18.5 million awarded to four states and 20 local governments through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. Applications remain open for future rounds of funding. Governments receiving awards will use program funds to conduct energy assessments and efficiency upgrades at community centers and schools, install solar […]

3 Top Tech Trends for Facilities Management

Driving efficiency is a competitive imperative in the modern-day market. Facilities management is, for many, a large component of a significantly larger initiative. The pursuit of creating a business environment where systems work in tandem to ensure productivity, employee comfort, and process optimization has nearly universal appeal. However, instituting a cohesive facility optimization strategy can […]

Wendy’s Orders Community Solar for Over 130 Restaurants

The Wendy’s Company has partnered with community solar provider Ampion Renewable Energy to help Wendy’s restaurants source clean energy and meet corporate sustainability goals. Nearly 100 company-operated restaurants and nearly 40 franchise restaurants in New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts are now enrolled in Ampion+, a product that helps organizations reduce energy costs and secure renewable energy certificates […]

GSA Investing in Smart Building Tech for Hundreds of Federal Facilities

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced plans to invest $80 million from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into smart building technologies that will help reduce emissions, increase efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance comfort across an estimated 560 federal buildings. The GSA said the investments, impacting 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, […]

Howard University Boosts Campus Sustainability with Solar

The future is even brighter at Howard University in Washington, D.C., now that solar photovoltaic systems are installed on six campus buildings. Led by Volt Energy and partially financed by U.S. Bancorp Impact Finance, the solar systems are roof-mounted on the Blackburn Center, Burr Gymnasium, Locke Hall, School of Business, and School of Engineering buildings, […]

Philadelphia Eagles’ Stadium Scores Top Green Building Certification

The National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles announced that its home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has been certified as a LEED Platinum building for its commitment to operational sustainability. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally recognized standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Lincoln Financial Field is one of only […]

EPA WaterSense Products Helped Americans Save Over 1 Trillion Gallons in 2023

Is money going down the drain at your facilities? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its WaterSense program has made it easier for businesses and consumers to save trillions of gallons of water. In 2023 alone, WaterSense-labeled products helped save 1.2 trillion gallons of water. Since the conception of the WaterSense label, the EPA […]

NBA Finals Stadiums Remain Dedicated to Keeping Fans and Staff Healthy

The American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, recently completed the reaccreditation process for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. The sports arena, home of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, joined more than 100 facilities across the globe in renewing its GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation during […]

FMA Shorts: How Can Facilities Managers Fund Technology Solutions?

On this latest episode of FMA Shorts, Phil Zito, CEO of Smart Buildings Academy and host of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, lists some top funding options for facility tech upgrades. This clip was taken from a webinar titled “Facilities 2.0: Thriving in an Era of Rising Operational Costs.” The full session is available for […]

College and University Groundskeeping Projects for Summer Break

Now is the perfect time to do groundskeeping projects on college and university campuses since classes are done for the spring semester and the warm summer weather is here. Facilities managers should consider inspecting all areas of their campuses to determine what needs to be fixed, replaced, or upgraded. Whether your facilities management team handles […]