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Imagine a data center chock full of heterogeneous equipment and running hot. That should be an easy exercise since they all are. But now it's important to stop the waste and reduce energy consumption. Where do you start? Well, it might be nice to whittle the problem down to size and figure out what in that sea of servers and whatnot are the biggest offenders. A start-up called Sentilla says it can help. It's got a wireless sensor network that can track energy use in data centers from multiple vendors, including the facility itself. IT managers can set a baseline with the consolidated information and establish power usage effective (PUE), the first step in an energy reduction strategy. Sentilla says its sensors, itty-bitty Java-based computers the size of a dime embedded in an intelligent power strip, can go anywhere or be attached to anything, even a blast furnace, ... (more)

Don't Speak At Me, Speak With Me

As e-marketing has made inroads with B2B marketers a lot has been said about the idea of online conversation. But, what does that mean from a marketing content perspective? If you think of a conversation in the offline world it can be in the context of a chat with a friend — 1-on-1, an exchange in a meeting with a group of people, a discussion with your peers over lunch or witty repartee with your spouse during TV commercials in the evening. When you transfer that idea online, how often do you "feel" any similarity to those above examples? How often do you make a connection with the content you see? Part of this is because you're not really there. The people you're "conversing" with can't see you, your facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice as if you'd spoken aloud. Nor can you see them. That means you have to think about the words you use and how they wo... (more)

Flexible Solutions International, Inc. CEO Featured in Exclusive Interview With

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 11, Dan O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer for Flexible Solutions International, Inc. updated the investment community in an exclusive interview with . Topics covered in the interview include an overview of the Company and the markets it serves, recent press releases, current capitalization, upcoming strategic and financial milestones. To hear the interview in its entirety, visit , and click on "Interviews." Interviews can be accessed either by locating the respective company's ticker symbol under the appropriate exchange on the left-hand column of the "Interviews" section of the site, or by entering the Company's ticker symbol in the Search Archive window. About Flexible Solutions International, Inc.: Flexible Solutions International, Inc. (, ... (more)

Jamison Services Installs Hundreds of Falcon Waterfree Urinals in California Class-A Office Buildings to Upgrade and Improve Restrooms

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/05/10 -- Jamison Services, one of the top commercial property management firms in California, has joined a rapidly expanding list of building owners and managers with tens of millions of square feet of Class-A office space across the country that have selected Falcon Waterfree urinals. As facility managers across the globe stage head-to-head sustainability competitions, as Jamison did, to weigh options for water efficiency, hygiene, and total cost savings, Falcon Waterfree continues to win and has become the gold standard by which all urinals are measured. Businesses and institutions such as Bank of America, Cisco, Century Plaza Towers, Adobe, Watt Plaza and now Jamison have adopted the patented technology of Falcon Waterfree urinals to deliver triple bottom line results: the water conservation and cost reduction contribute to ... (more)

Delta Faucet Delivers Smarter Ways To Live With Water Through Expanded Product Portfolio

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2011 WaterSense® Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet Company is committed to helping consumers find smarter ways to live with water. This declaration, which focuses on improving product efficiency without compromising a user's experience, is reinforced by the Delta® brand's recent expansion of its product portfolio, which now includes several new water efficient products. "As one of the world's largest manufacturers of faucets, showers and now, toilets, Delta Faucet Company has an enormous responsibility to help people use water efficiently without compromising their experience," said Richard O'Reagan, president of Delta Faucet Company. "We remain focused on continuously developing new products and pioneering technologies that address global water concerns and ... (more)

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada Achieves Best Seller Status

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. The guide book launched to mark Parks Canada's 100th anniversary as the world's first national park service is now a best seller in Canada. This popular, extensively-illustrated volume is widely available and makes a perfect gift for nature lovers and anyone planning a holiday in Canada. "The commercial success of this travel guide is a tribute to Canadians' appreciation of their natural wonders, which are brilliantly presented by National Geographic," said Andrew Campbell, Vice President of External Relations and Visitor Experience at Parks Canada. "From cover to cover, the casual traveler or ardent naturalist will appreciate the awe-inspiring beauty of our national parks and national marine conservation areas, as well as the amazing experiences they off... (more)

Ygrene Energy Fund Expands Executive Team

SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ygrene Energy Fund, a leading provider of commercial and residential energy upgrade programs for local governments, today announced the addition of two members to its senior leadership team. Joining the company are John Hudson as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Jason Mittelstaedt as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategy. (Logo: Through Ygrene's turnkey Clean Energy Programs, municipalities can efficiently tap the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing model and enable property owners to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and building resiliency projects with no upfront costs. These upgrades are repaid through annual property taxes, rather than as a traditional personal or business loan. In the... (more)

World Water Day 2015: Etowah Water & Sewer Authority Reinforces Commitment to Water Conservation with Sensus FlexNet Communication System

(Click-to-Tweet) – Faced with recent droughts and the mission to improve the quality of life for its customers, community and the environment, Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (the Authority) is leveraging the Sensus FlexNet™ communication system and iPERL™ meters to conserve its limited water resources on World Water Day, and every day. Since deploying FlexNet, the utility has improved water conservation, enhanced customer service and reduced non-revenue water. As World Water Day is observed, Sensus urges public service providers to follow the Authority’s example and take an active role in addressing the issue of water conservation through the deployment of smart water networks. The Authority needed to focus on water and sustainable development—the theme of World Water Day 2015—as they dealt with an aging water infrastructure. Recent droughts in the area required the... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Centers Coming Online

Microsoft threw the switch on its new mega data center in Dublin on July 1 and expects to do same for the one it's built in Chicago on July 20. The facilities are meant to support the company's Online, Live and cloud services. Dublin is Microsoft's first mega site outside the U.S. It covers 303,000 square feet capable of 5.4 megawatts of power, now on its way to 22.2 megawatts with demand. The Chicago site covers 700,000 square feet, the size of 16 football fields, with 30 megawatts to start and capable of 60 megawatts. Two-thirds of the place is optimized for containerized servers, which Microsoft says conserve energy. Each of the pre-packaged containers holds 1,800-2,500 servers. Microsoft says their density can exceed traditional data centers by 10 times. ... (more)

Whale Watching In Australia

“The winch, synchronized with the flensers knife, accelerates, and the bada ~ (the Norwegian word for baleen) with a wrenching tear, parts from the whale and swings wildly up into the air and outboard over the ship’s side, just grazing the bulwarks. During the half-second when it is outboard the winchman lets go his brake, and the lethal mass, which would smash to pulp anyone or anything in it’s way, plunges down toward the sea ~ usually! I’ve seen maybe five or six men killed by the bada alone’, Davison told me.....” —from ‘Of Whales and Men’ There’s romance in the old whaling days, and one cannot help but to be fascinated by the stories of this bygone era ~ The men who paddled out in small boats armed with hand held harpoons to do battle with the great whales. Many drowned and even the more modern whaling operations in the early to mid 1900’s had a high level of d... (more)

Organizations Are Missing Huge Opportunity to Divert Trash From Landfills and Benefit the Bottom Line, New GREEN Study Finds

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/22/07 -- Caught between mountains of garbage and a rapidly shrinking number of landfills to put it in, organizations are facing increasing pressure to find viable alternatives that both meet business needs and address environmental issues. And even when those alternatives are available, and organizations are aware of them, the changes are painfully slow in coming. That's the sobering conclusion reached in "Garbage Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," a comprehensive report from the Global Renewable Energy and Environmental Network (GREEN), underwritten by BioSystem Solutions. The study quantifies the current processes for waste management and highlights potential benefits of better managing biodegradable waste streams. The findings will also be discussed on a webcast hosted by GREEN tomorrow, May 23, at 2pm EDT/11am PDT. Interested par... (more)