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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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Building Automation Systems

Is EPC Legislation The Solution You’ve Been Looking For?

Let’s face it: while upgrading facilities and infrastructure will help municipalities lower utility costs and achieve their sustainability goals, it can require a sizable initial capital investment.   Sizable capital investments can be challenging for cash-strapped municipalities. The good news, is that there’s a procurement law in almost every state that provides for a budget-neutral solution …

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March 12, 2019

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Delaying Energy Upgrades Impacts College Budgets

Faced with declining public funds and/or dwindling tuition revenue, many community colleges are having to do more with less. Nothing new there. The challenge, of course, is to reduce spending without shortchanging students, canceling programs and demoralizing staff. As such, college business officers and facility managers play an increasingly important role, as they look for …

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January 18, 2019

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Food Producers Gain a Competitive Advantage with Efficiency-as-a-Service

Food producers have (dare we say it) a lot on their plate these days.  They’re having to deal with everything from economic and competitive pressures and availability of resources, to an aging workforce, and ever-rising operating costs. To stay competitive, food producers must stay on top of rapidly-changing consumer attitudes and market trends, technological advances, …

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December 4, 2018

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Bundled Energy Projects

Show Me The Money. Financing Your Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Since energy consumption has such a major impact on operating costs, effective energy management is critical to success for both public and private organizations. Yet, despite the favorable return on investment that improved energy efficiency provides, municipalities, businesses, and schools frequently struggle to find the capital required for much-needed energy efficiency upgrades. That was then. This …

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October 12, 2018

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New York Municipalities Benefit From Energy Performance Contract Legislation

Let’s face it: while implementing major energy-efficiency improvements will result in substantial and long-term energy savings, they can require a sizable initial capital investment.  Sizable capital investments can be challenging for cash-strapped municipalities. Thankfully, there’s a risk-free, budget-neutral solution: An Energy Performance Contract. An Energy Performance Contract, or EPC, uses guaranteed energy savings to finance …

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September 20, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

The ROI of Safety

Making safety a priority is, quite simply, good for business. Employers and employees alike benefit when a job site is clean, work is being performed in a professional manner, workers are carefully supervised, and safety procedures are followed to the letter. Safety First: It’s Good For Business Your energy efficiency upgrades can only be as …

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September 11, 2018

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Wake Up! Human-centric Lighting Boosts Hospital Performance and Patient Recovery

Impaired sleep has long been a consequence of time spent in hospitals – affecting patients and caregivers alike.  Patients struggle with physical discomfort, noise, interruptions and inappropriate light exposure.  Caregivers suffer the consequences of long hours, shift work and, yes, inappropriate light exposure. Enabling the performance of visual tasks, controlling the body’s circadian system, affecting …

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September 4, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

A Prescription for Ailing Buildings

One of the responses to the energy crisis of the 1970s, was to reduce heating and cooling requirements by sealing up our buildings. An unfortunate consequence of that remains today: chronically under-ventilated and unhealthy indoor environments – what we now refer to as “sick buildings.” Numerous research studies confirm that indoor environments directly impact employee …

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July 25, 2018

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