Producing hundreds of tons of chocolate each day is energy intensive. The Barry Callebaut factory in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the largest chocolate factory in North America, recently revamped its systems to cut down on energy use while increasing productivity. The strategy: the cocoa shells that were previously a waste product are now used as a biofuel in the chocolate-making process.
On January 13, 2020, Barry Callebaut received the prestigious ASHRAE Technology Award for improving their factory’s performance and environmental impact through an outstanding use of green tech.
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.
The Long Island chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-LI) presented a chapter award for Energy Project of the Year 2019 to the Adelphi University cogeneration project, which was designed and implemented by Ecosystem Energy Services.
An outcome-based approach to procurement fosters innovation and delivers superior value across multiple outcomes, such as facility condition, sustainability and occupant comfort. Georges Bendavid, Director of Technical Services at the West-Central Montreal Health Center, shares his experience with the implementation at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
Ecosystem’s energy efficiency project at Rockland Community College is achieving more than energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions – it is also serving as a live learning opportunity for students at the college.
Increasing rental rates underlies the thinking behind redevelopment strategies, but maximizing efficiency contributes directly to ROI — that was one of the findings of a fascinating panel discussion that focused on the strategies that deliver the best risk-adjusted ROI in today’s market, during the Anchin Construction and Development Forum in New York City.
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.
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.