Sustainability

Achieving Business Competitiveness Through Energy Management

What is Energy Management? The response to this question will depend on whether you ask an energy policy maker, a plant head of a large manufacturing facility, an Architecture/Engineering/Construction professional,… Read more »

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7 Tips for Achieving ISO 50001 Compliance

You have likely heard of ISO 50001 already, but may have dismissed it as yet another standard that can be ignored until it fades away. Well, this one seems to… Read more »

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Walking the energy management walk – It’s personal

I’ve read that our world is hotter today than it has been in two thousand years, and if the trend continues, by the end of this century our planet could… Read more »

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Schneider Electric ranks 13th in Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list

At Schneider Electric, we focus on assisting organizations around the world in creating solutions that improve business efficiency and enable sustainable day-to-day operations, contributing to solve the world’s energy dilemma…. Read more »

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Why venture capitalists see gold in energy management software

We all know about the global energy dilemma—by 2050 energy demand will double and so we must cut CO2 emissions by half. People understand that by hitting this target it… Read more »

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Hotel Genius

I like to think of myself as a frequent traveler: more than 35 countries visited, at the top of a few airline status lists, and with a fail-safe packing strategy…. Read more »

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Importance of Measuring Energy Use

When the monthly utility bill comes, the CFO simply sees is another bill to be paid. Energy is just another operating expense…or is it? An increasing number of international companies… Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… Read more »

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How eBay Used PUE to Get Free Cooling in the Desert

Lots of companies are now using the Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness metric to assess their power use and try to improve efficiency, and I applaud them for it. But… Read more »

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From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings

Watch Melissa O’Mara lead a panel discussion “From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings” featuring David Eijdai, Weidt Group twgi.com, and Net Zero Court; Tim… Read more »

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I Heart Green Buildings

The Twitterverse has been abuzz today with heart day topics from “How Sustainable is Your Valentine’s Day Candy?” and a Harvard Business Review “Ode to Leadership and Love.” In honor of… Read more »

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New Data Center Cooling Technology Is Crucial to Achieving Carbon Reduction Goals

Countries around the globe are taking definitive steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and, consequently, their carbon footprint. At least 40 countries have mandatory emissions reporting programs in place… Read more »

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From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings

Watch Melissa O’Mara lead a panel discussion “From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings” featuring David Eijdai, Weidt Group twgi.com, and Net Zero Court; Tim… Read more »

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Five Tips to Help your Campus Sustainability Program Make the Grade

While I considered a long list of criteria when I chose a college for undergrad, sustainability was never a factor. Twenty years ago, I was worried about campus safety, available… Read more »

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Raise your hand if you like energy prosperity

“The power just went out and I didn’t save that last document!” Does this sound familiar?  We live in a world that is increasingly reliant on energy – global electricity… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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Adiabatic and Evaporative Cooling Techniques Deliver Big Data Center Savings – Anywhere on the Planet

With the many advances that we’ve seen with respect to air and water economizers for data center cooling systems (usually called free-cooling chillers in Europe), it’s no exaggeration to say… Read more »

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Tailoring the Supply Chain to Respond to Customer Needs

A supply chain serving an extremely diverse customer base and agile enough to meet customer requirements are the reasons why Schneider Electric jumped 16 places to No. 18 on Gartner’s… Read more »

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Advancing Standards in the Built Environment

As my colleague Melissa O’Mara recently wrote, energy efficiency standards are crucial in the journey to achieving high performing buildings. Codes and Standards such as the IECC and ASHRAE Standards… Read more »

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Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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Top 5 Recommendations for Securing the Data Center Against Cyber Attacks

As I’ve mentioned in recent blog posts, my conversations with end-users about DCIM have included as much discussion about the company’s approach to ensuring customer’s security as they have about… Read more »

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Avoiding the Darkness of Unplanned Downtime With Smart, Highly Available Solutions

Regardless of the process, downtime always means a loss of productivity for a process application. Unplanned downtimes, whether due to component failure or human error, are the most costly ones…. Read more »

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Three Reasons Municipalities Have Trouble Saving Historic Buildings

You might not guess it from looking at the increasingly dilapidated state of some older city buildings, but these grand old structures are an asset worth saving. That’s because historic… Read more »

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The Future is Active

As the demand for energy grows and energy becomes more digitized, decentralized and decarbonized, leading companies are changing how electricity, natural gas and other resources are bought and sold, consumed… Read more »

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The Known Unknowns: Managing Between On-Premise, Cloud and Colocation Data Centers

The data center industry is in a state of flux as stakeholders search for the optimum model of high performance/low cost data centers. “On premise” data centers now jockey with… Read more »

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I Manage a Green Building

My last blog was about working in a green building, where occupants see values such as easy card access to the building and EV charging station, direct interaction with the… Read more »

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From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings

Watch Melissa O’Mara lead a panel discussion “From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings” featuring David Eijdai, Weidt Group twgi.com, and Net Zero Court; Tim… Read more »

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Policy Paralysis on Climate Change – Why We Must Reverse the Trend

It is time we get serious, much more serious about climate change. Three recent events led me to share my thinking on what I believe is the most serious threat… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: How efficient is your organization?

Moving towards optimal efficiency starts with awareness.  Do you know how efficient your organization is? Using the free Efficiency Quotient Report is a great way to kick start your benchmarking… Read more »

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5 Ws (+ 1 H): Successful Sustainability Reporting this Spring

With deference to my colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere, I’d like to formally welcome the return of spring! (Rossini, anyone?) After another brutal winter for parts of Europe, the U.S…. Read more »

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