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When Stuff Hits the Fan: Preparing for Emergencies in Data Centers

Data center operations and maintenance teams must be prepared to act swiftly and surely without warning. Unforeseen problems can lead to injury or downtime. Good preparation and process, however, can… Read more »

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Proposition 39 Funds Not Meeting Your District’s Needs? Time to Apply Some Leverage

Faced with a lot of needs, and not a lot of money, the Fullerton School District needed some leverage. The needs were particularly acute in the District’s Parks Junior High… Read more »

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Helping Junior Achievement Enrich the Lives of Children

I am super excited to write this blog as it will tell a super-cool story, about three super companies, doing super things to invest in the youth of our super… Read more »

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Elements of Power … Power Management for Buildings

This is the second post in The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs series. In a recent post, I discussed the idea of adding power management… Read more »

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5 Ways We can Promote Diversity and Inclusion in our Workplace

Diversity in any workplace depends on the motivated involvement of everyone in the organisation – from top floor to shop floor.  Skewered gender balance, deep rooted traditional mindset, uni-dimensional approach… Read more »

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Empower Building Performance with Power Management

This is the first post in the The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs series. Power management systems are often used in facilities such as hospitals… Read more »

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How the Data Center Can Be a Top Recruiting Tool in Higher Education

Forty-two percent of college students use two or more mobile devices during a typical school day. For those who use three or more devices — such as a smartphone, tablet… Read more »

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Don’t Have a Plan for Prop 39 Funding? Here’s How You’re Missing Out — And How We Can Help

Beginning in 2013, California schools suffering from years of deferred maintenance got a much needed windfall. Proposition 39 made about $550 million available annually to improve schools’ energy efficiency and… Read more »

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Pondering New Year’s Resolutions? Get Inspired by Our Award-Winning Project with Salem Community College

As I look back on 2015, so many of our projects fill me with pride. One project in particular earned accolades not just in my book, but also from the… Read more »

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IT Careers: 20 Years in – Still the Best Option

Software Developer is No. 3 on the U.S. News & World Report top 100 jobs list; computer systems analyst is No. 7; information security analyst No. 8 and web developer… Read more »

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Municipalities and Schools Discover Hidden Benefits of Sustainability Planning

Recently, Dallas County, Texas, embarked on a $43 million sustainability plan that county Judge Clay Jenkins believes is a powerful economic driver for the community. For Texas’ second largest county,… Read more »

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Prefabricated vs. Traditional Data Center Cost Calculator – A tool to illustrate the cost differences

The latest in our TradeOff Tool collection is the Prefabricated vs. Traditional Data Center Cost Calculator, which can be an important tool during the planning phase of a data center… Read more »

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Get Up to Speed on the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard at Energy University

Leading edge companies have long sought to run their businesses according to ISO standards in areas such as quality (ISO 9001) and environmental management systems (ISO 14001).  In 2011, ISO… Read more »

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Forrester Expert Explains How Digital Disruption Can Deliver a Competitive Edge

  Schneider Electric recently produced a video with Ted Schadler, a VP at Forrester Research, on the topic of digital disruption that provides some good food for thought for most… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: What does it take to compete in the Solar Decathlon?

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. This year for the first time ever, the competition will take place at Orange County Great Park

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Learn How to Save Big with Economizer Mode at Energy University

We’ve been singing the praises of using economizer mode with data center cooling systems pretty much ever since the inception of this blog. Perhaps you’ve seen posts like this one… Read more »

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Webcast explains electrical contractors’ role in secure power for today’s “digitized” economy

Because of rapid growth in digitization, electrical contractors need to be prepared to apply the appropriate level of power protection to smart assets that might be spread far and wide… Read more »

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Learn How a Modular Data Center May Lower Your Tax Bill

Regular readers of this blog know we’ve covered many times the benefits of modular, scalable data center infrastructure, including speed of deployment, ease of scalability and lower overall costs. Now… Read more »

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Energy University: Helping Advance Careers with Education and Certification

  At the Xperience Efficiency 2013 event in early June in Washington, D.C., Schneider Electric announced that its Energy University program now has more than 350,000 registered users. At the… Read more »

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How to Save Money and Improve Working Conditions: Pay More Attention to Lighting

Lighting is a topic most facilities managers apparently don’t pay enough attention to, at least according to the National Lighting Bureau. In a study from 2003, the NLB found that… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: How it Works, the Solar Decathlon Microgrid

In my previous post you learned that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and… Read more »

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Sustainability starts at home with the 2014 Solar Decathlon Competition

here is a growing trend among new home builders to consider not just street appeal, price, and location when they plan their new home, but also to consider sustainability.  Factors… Read more »

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Energy University Offers a Primer on Data Center Cooling Options

On this blog site and elsewhere in data center circles you will routinely see coverage of cooling systems that typically assumes readers have a base level of knowledge about such… Read more »

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Solar Decathlon: The Energy Leaders of Tomorrow

Inspiring. The word that comes to mind when I reflect on my recent experience at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. For those that may not be familiar,… Read more »

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Fixed Vacuum Breakers: An Alternative to Withdrawable Breakers

Fixed vacuum breakers were first introduced between the 1970’s and 1980’s. They were designed because of the safety, reliability and the overall total cost of ownership was better than its… Read more »

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Learn How a Modular Data Center May Lower Your Tax Bill

Regular readers of this blog know we’ve covered many times the benefits of modular, scalable data center infrastructure, including speed of deployment, ease of scalability and lower overall costs. Now… Read more »

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Who doesn’t want a better learning experience for their children? I know I do!

When I think about the educational experience my children are getting each day, I think about the things I can do to contribute. For instance, the lunch I packed for… Read more »

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5 Ways We can Promote Diversity and Inclusion in our Workplace

Diversity in any workplace depends on the motivated involvement of everyone in the organisation – from top floor to shop floor.  Skewered gender balance, deep rooted traditional mindset, uni-dimensional approach… Read more »

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Elements of Power … Power Management for Buildings

This is the second post in The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs series. In a recent post, I discussed the idea of adding power management… Read more »

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Learn How to Deploy High-Density Pods in a Low Density Data Center

Server technology continues to improve, packing more power in smaller packages. While that’s great for IT, it can create challenges for data centers that may be ill prepared to house… Read more »

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