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Relocation Transforms Akzonobel Facility into Energy Efficient Smart Building

The $10 million relocation of a research facility in the US has enabled AkzoNobel to transform its biggest energy user in North America into one of the smartest and most energy efficient.
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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio September 28, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Completed in November last year, the company’s new Strongsville Technology Center in Ohio is only a third the size of the former location. Designed to use less than a third of the natural gas, electricity and water, the facility has now been recognized under the worldwide LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program.

Black & Veatch and Royal HaskoningDHV Partner to Deliver Sustainable Water Solutions

Alternative water treatment technology could produce capital savings, environmental gains
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 27, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has signed a teaming agreement with Royal HaskoningDHV to apply Nereda® wastewater treatment technology to projects in the United States. Developed by Royal HaskoningDHV, the innovative, sustainable solution is cost-effective, energy efficient and requires a footprint up to four times smaller than traditional water treatment systems.

Smart Security Can Also Boost Efficiency

Let your clients know that new IOT-enabled security systems can double as energy watchdogs.
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These days, security systems can do more than just signal when an intruder enters a building. Today’s security systems can be integrated into other home systems to provide energy savings.

“When thinking about using an alarm system, we often think about the system only being used for burglar alarm capabilities,” says Tom Mechler, applications design manager for Bosch. “However, while these systems are monitoring doors or windows, why not use their capabilities for other things?” 

Recycled Water More Popular as Water Demands Rise

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Today, severe droughts are driving substantial economic losses, hundreds of millions of people still lack reliable access to clean water, and many critical water resources are being depleted or contaminated. Solving these water challenges will take a variety of solutions, including recycled water.

In the past, municipalities have looked to increase water supply by finding new sources, like seawater desalination. The focus is now turning to the more efficient use of water through recycling and reuse.

Alternative Fuel Sources to Transform Smart Cities, Fleets and Mass Transit

Black & Veatch, industry leaders to examine clean transportation ecosystems, from personal cars to growing commercial segment
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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, September 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch, a market leader in the design, construction and integration of green transportation infrastructure, is looking beyond personal vehicles as it develops the role of sustainable transportation in smart cities. Next week, the company will sponsor VERGE and their Sustainable Transportation Summit. The summit brings together policy makers and private sector leaders for a critical focus on the sustainable movement of people and goods.

Caterpillar Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Caterpillar leads global peers in Innovation Management and other key indicators
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PEORIA, Ill., September 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has been named to the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), including both the World and North American indices. Marking the 17th time Caterpillar has been included in the DJSI, Caterpillar leads its global peers in the Capital Goods sector in the areas of innovation management, risk and crisis management, labor practices and human rights, and corporate citizenship and philanthropy.

The Second Lives of Lithium-ion Batteries

First on the road, then at home: after serving their time in electric vehicles, recycled lithium-ion batteries make ideal stationary energy storage devices.
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Lithium-ion batteries are the untiring driving force behind electric mobility. They deliver their full output on board vehicles for at least ten years. Nevertheless, there always comes a point where a battery makes its last journey and is duly removed from service. But even after completing their automotive stint, there’s still life in these power packs. These batteries are veritable treasure troves of raw materials.

Silicon Valley Conference and Expo First to Utilize 100% Renewably Powered Microgrid

VERGE microgrid to showcase the combined power of solar, wind, biomass and energy storage technologies available today
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OAKLAND, California, September 8, 2016 /3BL Media/ — A major conference and expo at one of Silicon Valley’s largest convention centers will utilize a 100% renewably powered microgrid to power the entire expo — modeling resilience, interoperability and the potential of today’s clean economy.

Risky Business: Unfettered IT Purchasing and Lack of Accountability Put Brands in Jeopardy

Blog by Carol Baroudi
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Sustainability leaders are known to quote Peter Drucker’s “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” though they may not know where the quote comes from. I’d add, “You can’t protect what you don’t know you have,” and “You can’t protect what you don’t control.” When it comes to protecting data, the environment and ultimately the brand, unknown and uncontrolled assets pose serious threats, and those threats are on the rise.

Weight. Weight. Don’t Tell Me. - The Dicey Nature of Ewaste Reduction Targets

Blog by Carol Baroudi
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E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world and it’s only natural to want to set goals to reduce it. Many organizations’ sustainability goals include waste reduction, and, as organizations often classify e-waste as solid waste, quantifying e-waste recycling to meet landfill avoidance targets makes sense, as far as it goes.

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