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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Energy Systems Optimization

Illuminating Effects of Poor Lighting At Work

Uncomfortable, unproductive, unhealthy, low morale and high turnover are some of the effects plaguing modern day building occupants.  Improper lighting is one of the culprits in creating a less than stellar experience within offices, schools, hospitals and industrial spaces. Unfortunately, the impact of lighting on productivity hurts the bottom line for these institutions. This may …

Ben Stewart

July 21, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Energy Efficiency Finance Models Spelled Out To Achieve Modernization

Work environments across the nation battle crumbling infrastructure, dim lights and antiquated energy systems. Building owners wrack their brains trying to find a solution to keep their workers happy, comfortable and productive without breaking their bank. There are ways to acquire modernization without expending up-front capital through energy financing. There are many energy efficiency finance …

Ben Stewart

July 14, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Check Out This Checklist BEFORE Signing An Energy Performance Contract

Want to replace end of life energy equipment and aging infrastructure to enhance the comfort, productivity and safety of your workers? Hoping an energy performance contract will pay for the efficiency measures, but hesitant about the confusing contract jargon? You should be. Sometimes energy services companies write the contract to protect them, not you. Here’s …

Ben Stewart

July 11, 2017

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Education

NYAPPA To Hold Summer Conference This Week

The New York Association of Physical Plant Administrators (NYAPPA) is holding its summer conference July 11-13 in Buffalo, New York. The conference, aimed at networking and providing educational sessions, will take place on the campus of SUNY-Buffalo. SUNY officials, vendors serving the industry and plant administrators will all be in attendance. Ryan Robinson, an energy …

Ben Stewart

July 7, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

From Sales Auditor To Sales Manager: Chris Mastrianni Digs His Way To A Fulfilling SmartWatt Career

Despite having sales experience, the economy hit Chris Mastrianni’s life hard. While looking for a job, he was working as a landscaper, picking weeds, digging ditches, and mowing lawns in the scorching Albany, NY sun, yet barely getting by. “I was in a rough patch in my life – talk about a humbling experience,” he …

Ben Stewart

July 6, 2017

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Education

Optimal Learning Environments Are Fanned With A Comfort Range

Public school districts across America lack robust budgets and are plagued with student performance pressures and stressed teachers. Add in trying to teach in classrooms that are too hot or cold and that equals unfocused students. Some states, like New York, recently passed legislation that requires schools to have air-conditioning, said Michael Deru, an engineering …

Ben Stewart

June 29, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

California Special Districts Association To Hold Annual Leadership Summit

The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is holding its 6th annual leadership conference for special district general managers and management staff in Newport Beach, California from June 25-27. The CSDA Leadership Summit is an opportunity to network and for managers and emerging leaders of special districts to stay current on governance best practices, state laws, …

Ben Stewart

June 26, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

SmartWatt’s President and CEO Chris Covell Named To High Tech Advisory Council

The Next Wave Center is coming to Saratoga County New York and SmartWatt’s founder Chris Covell was recently named a member of the Next Wave Advisory Council that is overseeing its launch. The Next Wave Center is the creation of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s economic development arm, and will bring more technology-based …

Ben Stewart

June 22, 2017

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