Day: July 6, 2011

Dust on Office Surfaces Can be a Source of Exposure to PBDEs

Read the news release.

In a study of 31 Boston offices, polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants now banned internationally by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants were detected in every office tested. The research, published online June 30 ahead of print in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), links concentrations of PBDEs in office dust with levels of the chemicals on the hands of the offices’ occupants…

The article “Exposure to PBDEs in the Office Environment: Evaluating the Relationship between Dust, Hand Wipes, and Serum,” is available free of charge at Other authors include Thomas F. Webster, Michael D. McClean, Alicia J. Fraser, Janice Weinberg, Heather M. Stapleton, and Andreas Sjödin. The work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).

Cost savings are biggest motivator for commercial retrofits

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries Journal.

Cash still rules when it comes to motivating commercial building owners to take on energy efficiency retrofits.

That’s the top-line finding of a new survey from the Institute For Building Efficiency, which talked to nearly 4,000 owners and property managers of commercial buildings on six continents.

Energy Conservation Through the Lens of Faith

Read the full story at Miller-McCune.

Advocates of green living are often eager to support their cause by referencing benefits of an eco-friendly life style. The rewards for conserving energy in the home or driving a hybrid car include lower energy bills, fewer trips to the gas pumps and knowing that the air is a bit less toxic.

In recent years, however, voices within progressive religion have elevated the cause to a higher plateau. Within the three monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, an effort grounded in a shared theology has spawned Interfaith Power and Light, a national organization that preaches energy conservation and sustainability from a religious perspective.

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