Atop a Manhattan Convention Center, a Harvest of Honey

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Let us begin not with the who, which was several thousand bees and a bunch of people in anti-sting gear that looked like spacesuits, or the what, which was harvesting honey. Let us go directly to the where.

It was not a bosky setting that would bring to mind the Robert Frost poemabout good fences and good neighbors, but the south roof of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s Far West Side. Here the neighbors are the unfinished towers of the Hudson Yards development. They ring what has become an urban meadow — the south roof, mostly covered by 6.75 acres of kaleidoscopic sedum. It is yellowish green. It will turn red in time for Christmas.

The bees have been in residence since spring. The first 12,000 came from California, transplanted in a three-pound container that looked like a shoe box with screens on both sides. They were placed in wooden hives, which look like stackable drawers. There were 60,000 to 80,000 by midsummer.

5 NFL Football Stadiums Score Big on Efficiency

Read the full story from DOE.

September kicks off the start of another football season. And, while most fans will be focused on what’s happening on-the-field, there’s another storyline already forming off of it. Many NFL stadiums are scoring big on energy savings and tackling waste at the same time—adding even more value to the game day experience.

Workshop: Saving Energy Costs by Implementing an Energy Management System

When: Nov 8, 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Penn State Center at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Ave, Suite A, Pittsburgh PA
Cost: $0.00
Register at http://penntap.psu.edu/events/saving-energy-costs-implementing-energy-management-system/

Are you a facility, operations, or plant maintenance manager or staff? Let PennTAP show you how implementing an Energy Management System (EnMS) will reduce your organization’s energy costs.

This workshop will:

  • Help you understand the structure, goals and many benefits of an EnMS
  • Outline the steps involved in implementing and maintaining an EnMS at your facilty
  • Provide a step-by-step walk through of the Department of Energy’s online tool – 50001 Ready Navigator

Workshop: Common Energy Tips for Manufacturers and Steps to Implementation

When: Oct 11, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Penn State New Kensington, Art Gallery, 3550 Seventh Street Road, Upper Burrell PA 15068
Cost: $0.00
Register at http://penntap.psu.edu/events/common-energy-tips-manufacturers-steps-implementation/

Are you a facility, operations, or plant maintenance manager or a building operator?  PennTAP and FirstEnergy will provide an informational session on energy efficiency improvements and cost-saving opportunities for manufacturers. Topics covered include lighting, compressed air, building envelope and more.

This workshop will:

  • Help you identify opportunities to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and save on overall utility costs
  • Share information on Pennsylvania Act 129 and how to access grants and rebates

Architects Speak Out Against Trump’s Latest Executive Order

Read the full story in FastCompany.

One issue that the right and left agreed upon in the 2016 election? Infrastructure. The country’s roads, bridges, highways, hospitals, railways, and water systems need immediate attention. President Trump promised to spend $1 trillion to improve the situation; so far, no comprehensive plan has been released–but the president is implementing policy that will impact how these projects are designed and built. And according to environmentalists and architects, it might make infrastructure weaker, not stronger.

What’s up with those green roofs in Allentown?

Read the full story from WFMZ.

You get quite the view from atop Two City Center in downtown Allentown.

You can see lush, green spaces for miles — but you can also spot some green on the rooftops, right next door.

In the Market for a New Home? Buy a Zero Energy Ready Home

Read the full story from DOE.

Zero energy homes are some of the most energy efficient homes on the planet – and those certified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program also improve its overall comfort, health, and durability. As more consumers learn about ZERH, they’ll begin to realize the major opportunity for substantially reduced energy bills and a potentially transformative living experience.