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Eliminating biofilm from your health care facility

March 27, 2019


Biofilms—the scourge of healthcare facilities everywhere—are colonies of microorganisms that form protective coatings for microbes. Biofilms shield these microbes from heat, ultraviolet light, cold, disinfectant chemicals, and antibacterial drugs—all the things health care facilities use in their ongoing efforts to …

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How to Safely Use Portable Generators

March 6, 2019


Even though spring is around the corner, March is the snowiest month of the year for many locations in the US. A bad snowstorm can often lead to loss of power that could lead to rise in the use of …

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Eco-friendly Roofing Options, Part Two: Blue Roofs

January 29, 2019


Last week we covered the benefits of green roofs; this week we’re going to focus on blue. The idea behind a blue roof is similar to a retention pond—except that the pond in question is on your roof. Also known …

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Eco-friendly Roofing Options, Part One: Green Roofs

January 23, 2019


Vegetative, or green, roofs have been around for years, and have long offered promises of energy savings, reductions in storm-water runoff, beautification, and LEED points. However, many facilities have hesitation going green. This is partially due to fear of the …

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The Smart Buildling Revolution

December 19, 2018


Smart buildings are no longer the future in building management.   Swedish research firm Meemoori’s new report on the market for big data in smart building sees “robust growth” worldwide. It predicts growth of $15.6 billion by the end of …

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Blockchain technology for safe leafy greens

October 19, 2018


Leafy greens are good for you; however, multiple outbreaks and recalls have been centered on those products.   Last April, a multistate E coli outbreak was linked to Romain lettuce. There were 210 confirmed cases of food poisoning, with 96 …

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How to go zero waste

May 23, 2018


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the U.S. generates more than 250 million tons of municipal solid waste each year. Much of this waste ends up polluting our land, water, and air, so many organizations, cities, and even countries, …

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Thinking of getting a green wall? Think moss.

May 2, 2018


Living walls—aka green walls or vertical gardens—have become a popular item for many facilities around the world. These walls are made of living plants growing into a support structure that includes the necessary growing elements like soil, irrigation, and drainage. …

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Keeping your home safe from workplace lead exposure

April 11, 2018


Since the 1970s, the government has spearheaded and implemented many protocols that have resulted in a significant reduction of lead exposure throughout our country. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, “Lead exposure poses a significant …

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Cleaning routine for restroom facilities

March 28, 2018


Maintaining clean and fresh restrooms is essential to any facility. They can often make a bad impression on guests and employees if not routinely cleaned.   Many facility managers (FM) buy products specifically designed to reduce odors in restrooms, like …

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