Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Educators Convene in Colorado

May 14, 2012
In mid-March, HVACR instructors from around the country gathered at the scenic Cheyenne Mountain Resort for the 17th annual HVACR & Mechanical Workshop for Education Professionals. What was so historic about this event? 

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The Far-Reaching Ripples of Your Vote

May 7, 2012
While it can be easy to get fixated on one issue during an election cycle, there will be many other effects of the ballots we submit in November. And many of these results will not be evident for years down the road.

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Torturing Tenants by Refusing to Fix HVAC?

April 24, 2012

Have you ever heard of a landlord refusing to fix the HVAC in a property as a way to torture his tenants into moving out?

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Coming Soon to Every Home Near You: Regional Standards

March 19, 2012
This month on we are running an online poll to gauge our web visitors’ opinions on the regional standards rule established by the Department of Energy (DOE). Although the poll has only been up for a week at the time of writing this column, I am already disturbed by the early results.

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Education Professionals Conference Set for March in Colorado

February 27, 2012
HVACR instructors can set their sights on a new destination. Next month, the 2012 HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals is being held in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 12-14 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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Networking: From Awkward to Awesome

January 30, 2012
Last week The NEWS was in Chicago in full force for the AHR Expo. At the expo or any event, the handshakes and passing out of business cards can start to feel very routine. But there are rewards for the effort we put into it. It made me think back to a seminar I attended last year on the power of networking.

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Contractor Knows How to Show It Values People

January 23, 2012
When Bob Tudi founded Tudi Mechanical in Pittsburgh 25 years ago, he established a practice of valuing the tech and the office guy equally, and taking care of them and their families. The company has been named The NEWS’ Best Contractor To Work For in the East region.

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Florida Contractor Has Sunny Outlook

January 9, 2012
What’s responsible for Wade Helms’ positive outlook down in southern Florida?

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Congress Approves $1M for Geothermal Financing

January 9, 2012
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) recently reported a legislative victory for its segment of the industry. On Nov. 18, President Obama signed into law an appropriations bill which included $1 million for on-bill financing of geothermal systems for small businesses.

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2011 NEWSmaker: Mandyck Urges EPA to Close R-22 Loophole

December 19, 2011
Carrier wound up at the center of the debate over dry-shipped R-22 units after petitioning the EPA to close the loophole allowing the installation of new R-22 units. For spearheading Carrier’s petition and leading the charge to continue the phaseout of R-22, John Mandyck is a 2011 NEWSmaker.

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