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Sept. 30, 2014: Veolia to Manage Operations of Saddleback College’s Cogeneration Plant

Veolia Will Also Manage Several Capital Improvements

Veolia North America announced the award of a five-year contract with the South Orange County Community College District to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) of its central cogeneration plant at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.

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Sept. 30, 2014: Updated Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement Standard Recognized by ANSI

Revised Standard Includes New Procedures/Approaches, Streamlined Instruction Set, Clarified Language

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Educational Institute Standards Task Team announced that its updated ANSI/ACCA 12 QH Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement standard has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Sept. 30, 2014: US Small Business Creation Is at an All-Time Low

Hanna: ‘For the First Time in Over 30 Years, More Businesses Are Dying Off Than Being Created’

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna, R-New York, conducted a hearing to examine the declining rate of small business creation over the last three decades and the state of entrepreneurship during this latest economic recovery.

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Sept. 29, 2014: NEWS ‘Best Contractor to Work For’ Contest Returns

Four US Contractors and One Canadian Contractor Will Be Selected

The NEWS has announced the launch of its annual “Best Contractor to Work For” contest. Are you an employee who believes your work environment encourages growth, opportunity, recognition, education, and a winning attitude for all employees? Then show off your team by nominating your company.

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Sept. 29, 2014: New York Announces Solar Power Program for Schools

To Date, 40 School Districts Have Registered, Representing Nearly 200 Schools

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the rollout of K-Solar, a program under the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, to help public school districts throughout New York state lower their energy costs with solar power.

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Sept. 29, 2014: Program Brings Sheet Metal Workers, Building Inspectors Together

Inspectors Learn About the Proper Installation of HVAC Systems

There is a gap of knowledge between the professionals who design, fabricate, and install ductwork and the experts who inspect it after it’s in operation. The Building Inspectors Program, a course presented by the International Training Institute (ITI), has been developed to bridge that gap between sheet metal contractors and building and fire inspectors.

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Sept. 29, 2014: Sandia Labs Pioneers Software for More Efficient Enterprises

Modeling Software Integrates Energy Conservation Effects Across Many Buildings, Using Many Conservation Methods

Sandia National Laboratories’ Institutional Transformation (IX) model is helping the federal laboratory reduce its energy consumption and could help other large enterprises do the same. The IX model allows planners to experiment with energy conservation measures, such as replacing old HVAC systems, before making expensive changes.

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Sept. 26, 2014: PHCC Educational Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

Scholarships Help Students Prepare for Careers in HVAC and Plumbing

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation has announced the winners of its 2014 scholarships. Seven students were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships funded by the foundation, South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association, Anne Williams, PHCC Auxiliary of Massachusetts, and PHCC’s Past National Officers.

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Sept. 26, 2014: EcoFactor Appoints Matthew Plante as CEO

Company Uses Residential Data to Intelligently Predict and Automate Energy Savings for Consumers

EcoFactor®, a provider of cloud-based home energy management services, has announced the appointment of Matthew Plante as chief executive officer. Plante joins EcoFactor from Bidgely, where he served as vice president of sales. 

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Sept. 26, 2014: Publix Recognized by EPA’s GreenChill for Sustainable Refrigeration Excellence

Company is a Leader in Store Certification

Publix has been honored with three awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill Partnership: Store Certification Excellence 2013-2014 and two Store Re-Certification Excellence Awards 2009-2014.

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