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Battling ANTs of COVID-19, Four Tips for Powering Through Tough Times

Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 05:28 / by Jim Newman posted in Sustainability, indoor air quality, Energy Management Strategies, resilience, resiliency

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Spring is supposed to be a time of growth, renewal and hope. Many cultures and religions celebrate sacred holidays, most of which take place communally, with family and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year many of us are observing these special occasions alone or with family and friends but only virtually.

While we are celebrating with social distancing, we can pause to give thanks for what we have, and offer immense gratitude to the doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery store workers, maintenance and sanitation workers and all those other front-line workers who are giving so much of themselves to help others.

Two weeks ago I shared on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), an article by one of my favorite local speakers and writers, Josh Linkner. He wrote about ANTs. Not the kind that are the bane of any facility manager or building owner, but Automatic Negative Thoughts as described by psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen.

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Coronavirus and Building Wellness – What You Need to Do NOW

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 11:57 / by Guest Post by Jeff Seippel posted in HVAC, IAQ, Green Design, Sustainability, indoor air qulity, Sustainable Design, resilience, Energy

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Having worked in the HVAC optimization and wellness field for the last 15 years, I have never seen a better opportunity to have a long overdue discussion about how our mechanical systems direct and drive building wellness. The current worldwide focus on halting the spread of COVID-19 has brought this topic to a level of urgent action.

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So Much Accomplished. So Much to Do!

Mon, Dec 17, 2018 @ 02:40 / by Newman Consulting Group posted in PACE, Sustainability, clean energy, BEMIS, energy conservation, Internet of Things, Energy

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We reflect briefly on 2018 while looking forward with enthusiasm into 2019. 

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1st Sustainable Detroit Forum Moves the Issues Forward

Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 12:01 / by Doug Elbinger, Energy Systems Analyst posted in Triple Bottom Line, Net Zero Building, USGBC, Sustainability, High Performance Buildings

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Event Introduced Innovative Ideas and Communities, Generated Ideas to Keep Sustainability Movement Going

On October 25, 2017 the USGBC Detroit Region presented an event designed to connect and cross-fertilize the sustainability communities of Detroit. The event was hosted at the McGregor Memorial on the Wayne State University campus. The NCG team was there as a sponsor and participated in many of the activities that day.

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Why Go to Greenbuild Conventions?

Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 02:59 / by Jim Newman posted in GreenBuild, USGBC, Green Building, LEED, Sustainability, energy efficiency

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Jim Newman Previews Greenbuild 2017, Boston, MA, Nov 8-10

Greenbuild 2017.pngWhy do I go to USGBC Greenbuild Conventions?? Because during those conventions I learn more about the exciting things happening in the green building and sustainability industry than I can anywhere else.

If you have been to a Greenbuild Convention, you know there are great speakers, not only on the state of the “Green” industry and where it is going, but also how it is being used around the world. Go to Greenbuild so you can:

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