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Mojave mirrors: World's largest solar energy ready to shine
National Geographic
The Ivanpah Valley of the Mojave Desert in California is home to spiky yucca trees, long-nosed leopard lizards, loggerhead shrikes and a rare species of tortoise — and soon, the largest solar thermal energy plant in the world. More than six years in the making, the Ivanpah plant is now slated to begin generating power before summer's end.
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Legislation shines spotlight on building-scale energy storage
GreenBiz.com
Our power grid is decreasing in reliability while demand is simultaneously increasing. That is certainly setting the stage for a major problem in the U.S., especially as summer temperatures continue to soar. This year, heat waves have already been fatal in the Southwest and residents in northern California have been asked to reduce energy consumption to avoid blackouts.
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Better Building Challenge helps Los Angeles track energy use
Governing
Los Angeles wants to slash energy consumption by 20 percent across 30 million square feet of commercial structures by 2020. But acquiring power usage data from all the buildings to evaluate progress hasn't been an easy task for city officials. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power doesn't have the capability to transmit its data in an automated fashion, which impedes the timely collection and aggregation of the usage data, according to Dave Hodgins, executive director of the Los Angeles Better Building Challenge.
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Los Angeles City Council approves Millennium Hollywood project
HollywoodPatch
Despite vocal opposition from a host of community groups, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Millennium Hollywood development that would include a pair of skyscrapers flanking the Capitol Records building. The project, approved on a 13-0 vote, would transform the Los Angeles skyline and result in two 30-plus-story skyscrapers sandwiching the historic 13-story Capitol Records building.
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If California sets energy efficiency standards for 15 products, they could set the bar for the nation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Anyone who installs a bathroom faucet, purchases a computer, acquires the latest video game console, enjoys high-speed Internet service and/or is lucky enough to buy a new swimming pool or hot tub could save money on their utility bills if the California Energy Commission sets new energy-saving standards for these and 10 other products used in homes and businesses.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Good company, good food ... and good conversation on the changing workplace — Part 1 (FM&Beyond)
Commercial real estate needs creative approach in economic rebound (Sacramento Business Journal)
California energy efficiency a national role model (Natural Resources Defense Council via EarthTechling)
SFPUC headquarters earns LEED Platinum certification (Sustainable Industries)
North Fresno, Calif., office building earns LEED Platinum (Fresno Business Journal)

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Study: State government support leads to more solar installations
Sacramento Business Journal
A study released by the Environment California Research & Policy Center finds the states with government policies and government programs supporting solar tend to have far more solar installed than other states. The top dozen states with installed solar represent only 28 percent of the nation's population, and yet they represent 85 percent of the nation's installed capacity.

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How to charm a complete stranger
Inc.
We all know the feeling: You want to meet someone — maybe it's that pretty person across the party, maybe it's that big-time player in your industry — but actually going up to him or her and moving from total stranger to warm connection just seems so stressful and awkward. As a result, you sit on on the sidelines and let opportunity pass you by.

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Good company, good food ... and good conversation on the changing workplace — Part 1
FM&Beyond
From the Los Angeles Chapter of IFMA: Successful workplace design and strategy must anticipate and support business objectives as a first order of … business. Business leaders are more focused on evidence-based design and are challenging the design-build-operate community to deliver projects that deliver real benefits.

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The four blind spots that could lead to failure
American Express OPEN Forum
Thoroughbred horse racing is a lot like the small-business market. Blinders help keep the horse focused on the horses in front of them and the finish line, blocking out everything on the sides and behind. Blinders are also used by small-business owners, but they shouldn't be. In business, what you don't see is often what hurts your business the most.
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FM EVENTS IN YOUR AREA
Event       Chapter     Dates

IFMA FMP Course       San Diego     Aug. 8 & Aug. 9

IFMA San Diego Breakfast Benchmarking       San Diego     Aug. 28

Lowe's Commercial Grand Opening Event in Carlsbad       All     Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

IFMA's Advocacy Day and Public Policy Forum       IFMA     Sept. 17-18

Lowe's Consumer Grand Opening in Carlsbad       All     Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

IFMA's World Workplace 2013       IFMA     Oct. 2-4

Sustainability Facility Professional™ Certification       IFMA San Diego     Nov. 14-16, Dec. 13-14

 



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