Poll: My Favorite Things
Take part in the first Building Advisor poll: what energy efficiency news byte do you like best from recent news? Tell us why with a comment! But first, your choices:
The Building Advisor is excited about this Biggest Loser for commercial buildings, “Working off the Waste with Energy Star,” courtesy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s a contest between 14 commercial buildings nationwide to see which can demonstrate the biggest percentage-based reduction in energy consumption over a 12-month period from September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010. This smart stunt has been written up on the Today’s Facility Manager blog and by cleantechies, but there’s been not nearly enough hoopla for our taste. Maybe on October 26, when the winner is announced – but our money is on the frontrunner of the mid-point “weigh-in” July 21. Who do you like for this? The Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, CO, or the Maplewood Mall in St. Paul, MN? Tools to start your OWN competition are here.
In other news, Environmental Leader reported “Honeywell expecting revenue boost from federal funding for energy efficiency,” citing Bloomberg Businessweek. The building automation giant also snapped up a couple of acquisitions recently with all that federal cash, one of them being Akuacom, which “makes a Web-based program designed for demand-response programs in which a utility seeks to ‘shed load,’ or lower energy consumption of its customers, during peak times,” Martin LaMonica wrote on his CNET Green Tech blog. If private commercial buildings are the next frontier of energy efficiency projects like Pike Resarch says, (following the current “boom” of institutional and federal sectors), this year’s First Quarter investment trending toward energy efficiency companies may just bear more fruit.
Door number three: Office Depot Announces Partnership with Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR(R) Commercial Buildings Program. “Carbon reduction starts with energy reduction,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Director of Environmental Strategy for Office Depot in a press release. Word, Yalmaz. Now about those post-it prices: can we talk?
Don’t forget to tell us why with a comment, too.