Author Archives: Amanda Gasse

Target Phantom Plug Loads, Not Phantom Savings

Max Ma, ERS, for Zondits Plug loads are any electrical devices or appliances that draw power from an electrical wall outlet, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, vending machines, coffee machines, and many others. When plug loads draw power for an extended period in an idle mode, the idle power use is referred to as phantom

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University of New Hampshire Earns AASHE’s Top Sustainability Ranking

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has bolstered its long-standing reputation as a sustainability leader by earning the highest possible rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE was founded in 2005 to foster global sustainability within higher education institutions, leading to an “ecologically

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IAC Students Are Helping Manufacturing Facilities Improve Productivity & Save Energy

Bryan Kilgore, ERS, for Zondits The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) program provides great benefit to the manufacturing sector and engineering students alike. The program provides cost-savings recommendations to industry while giving students on-the-job experience in the energy engineering field. I worked at the IAC at Oregon State University during my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Now

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Ask the Expert: Pneumatic or Electric Actuation: Which is Better?

Compressed Air and Actuation Technologies Bryan Kilgore, ERS, for Zondits Pneumatic actuators have had widespread use in the industrial space, particularly the food packaging industry. Pneumatic actuators offer low upfront costs for mechanical actuation. Electric actuators, however, are more energy efficient and are often seen as the more economical option when considering long-term energy costs.

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Massachusetts and Boston Take Top Spots in 2017 ACEEE State and City Scorecards

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits It’s a tie no more, as Massachusetts has edged California to claim the sole number-one position atop the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The council determines the rankings by evaluating states’ energy efficiency programs, policies, and practices across six categories. As an ongoing effort,

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Is Carbon Capture the Solution for Climate Change?

David Harary, ERS, for Zondits Catastrophic hurricanes, raging forest fires, flooding and drought. The last two months of summer have shown America glimpses of a new era of climate. The environmental, social, and economic costs of this problem are simply too high to turn a blind eye. Mitigating the adverse effects of climate change starts

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Sustainability Programs on the Rise in Higher Education

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits The popularity of sustainability programs within higher education continues to increase across the US in response to both heightened awareness and a growing number of jobs in the field. These multidisciplinary programs unite sciences with humanities and span subjects including ecology, economics, global studies, urban planning, and environmental law. The

Kansas Energy Program Interns Present Findings to the EPA

Kevin Moluf, Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute Intern Program, September 14, 2017 The Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute Intern Program will conclude its twelfth year on Friday, September 15. Throughout the life of the program, recommendations to more than 43 institutions from the program’s 90 interns stood to realize collective industry savings of

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