Ecosystem Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

Despite a growing global demand for engineers, the gender gap doesn’t seem to be closing fast enough. In Canada, women currently account for 17.9 percent of engineers and in the US, 14 percent. According to Engineers Canada, “Encouraging and developing women’s interests in engineering begins with programming that engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities at an early age.” This effort should also be bolstered by career management initiatives that help to retain employees and advance their careers. Continuer la lecture “Ecosystem Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day”

Mineola Public Schools: A Root-Cause Solution to Long-Term Problems

Although Mineola Public Schools completed two Energy Performance Projects (EPCs), the district had not succeeded in solving key problems. Students and teachers continued to complain about overheating, opening windows even on the coldest days to achieve comfortable classrooms. And maintenance costs were skyrocketing because of the burden of taking care of aging steam systems. Continuer la lecture “Mineola Public Schools: A Root-Cause Solution to Long-Term Problems”

5 minutes with Dr. Nagler from Mineola Public Schools

Mineola School District is using the IEPC approach to convert the steam distribution networks at Hampton Street School, Jackson Avenue School, and the Middle School to hot water networks. This is the first steam-to-hot-water (STHW) conversion project in a NYS school district through an EPC. A hot water network can perform the same heating functions as a steam network but is significantly more efficient and easier to control. Dr. Michael Nagler, Superintendent at Mineola Public Schools, spoke exclusively to Ecosystem’s Ahmed Ibrahim about this groundbreaking project.

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Is Steam Still Right for Your Campus?

Historically, steam has always been easier to produce than electricity — burning fuel to evaporate water is much simpler than exciting electrons. For this reason, most buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century were developed around steam distribution. Today, many university campuses are a testimony to this heritage. Continuer la lecture “Is Steam Still Right for Your Campus?”

Revised ENERGY STAR Scores Are Out – How Did You Do?

Updated ENERGY STAR scores were released on August 26, after a long-overdue revision of the scoring baseline. For many real estate sectors, the current 2003 data set used for benchmarking was replaced by a 2012 set that reflects the fact that buildings have steadily become more energy efficient. For NYC buildings, the new scores are doubly significant. Local Law 33 mandates that the ENERGY STAR score will be the basis of the NYC letter grade, which will be posted by every entrance from 2020. Continuer la lecture “Revised ENERGY STAR Scores Are Out – How Did You Do?”

Local Law 33: Preparing for 2020’s Energy Grade with Yesterday’s ENERGY STAR Score?

Building owners and managers in NYC are scrambling to prepare for the new energy efficiency letter grades – but ENERGY STAR, the scoring metric used to determine the letter grade, is changing and many scores are likely to fall. Continuer la lecture “Local Law 33: Preparing for 2020’s Energy Grade with Yesterday’s ENERGY STAR Score?”

ERAPPA Speakers Address Rising Campus Energy Costs

Educational facilities across North America are looking to reduce both energy spend and emissions, with carbon targets of 50% reduction by 2030 or even sooner. At the same time, both public and private institutions must balance the desire to be environmental leaders with the realities of an ageing campus infrastructure that limits what they can reasonably be invested in efforts to go “green.” Continuer la lecture “ERAPPA Speakers Address Rising Campus Energy Costs”

Toward Net-Zero Universities

How Steam to Hot Water Conversion and Other Transformational Changes Lead the Way.

University campuses across North America are pursuing ambitious plans for sustainable energy supply, motivated by a desire not just to lower costs but also to achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. After capturing “low-hanging fruit,” such as lighting upgrades, many are seeking deeper, transformational energy retrofits, including steam to hot water conversion, electrification of heating, heat recovery technologies, and renewables. These changes were the subject of a roundtable discussion hosted by Ecosystem Energy Services at the APPA conference in San Francisco this July. Continuer la lecture “Toward Net-Zero Universities”