Archives for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Finding energy efficient products made in the U.S. is easy with the Building Clean website

Building CleanThe Building Clean database lists more than 2500 U.S. facilities manufacturing energy efficient products in the key energy and water efficient product sectors of appliances, HVAC, insulation, lighting, plumbing, roofing, and sealants – plus an added section on certified water filtration systems. You can search by product type, market sector, locality (both state and zip code), manufacturing tier, and the product’s material composition. Included is information on chemical hazards associated with certain products and those that are certified by third parties as healthy.

2015 Energy Efficiency Expo

Are you looking for new opportunities in Energy Efficiency?  ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas are joining forces to provide community members with updates and information about energy and innovation. Learn more by visiting

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Expo will be held September 16 from 7a.m. – 4p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  The event is designed to pull together decision makers who are looking to maximize their organizations’ energy efficiency, while earning continuing education units and offering peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

April 1st is no joke for Walmart Suppliers!

April 1st is no joke for Walmart Suppliers – IMEC’s North Carolina partner MEP (NC State Industrial Extension Service) has recently been busy helping Walmart suppliers tackle the ever growing/changing world of Walmart Sustainability. So, what Walmart suppliers are in your area? Do they understand sustainability? Do they understand your Centers ability to help them both answer and improve their Walmart Sustainability Scorecard?

Beginning in 2009, Walmart has increasingly engaged their supply chain in sustainability goals and initiatives. See an overview of Walmart’s supplier sustainability requirements and process here.

Northern Illinois University to Host Energy Efficiency Workshop

Manufacturing improvement workshop to focus on energy reduction and enhanced productivity

niu_wordmark_stack_rgb_smOn May 2nd, the Department of Technology and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy of Northern Illinois University will be presenting a free, half-day workshop for small and medium size manufacturers at the Northern Illinois University Rockford Meeting and Conference Center from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Dr. Kevin B. Martin, Assistant Professor will lead the workshop and focus on assisting participants with identifying and implementing ways to reduce energy use, boost productivity, and achieve measurable energy savings.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Written by Lori AmermanEnergy Efficiency

Evolving Technology and Emerging Competitive Advantage

In March IMEC partnered with the Northern Illinois University Department of Technology and Kaskaskia College Center for Business and Industry to provide a presentation on best practices in Energy Efficiency.

Industrial electricity prices have risen 36% over the last 10 years.  Researching energy bills and technologies should be part of continuous improvement efforts as emerging technologies are lessening the burden of controlling future costs.

Need Help Reducing Your Plant’s Pollution?

IEPA Pollution ProgramFor over 20 years, Illinois EPA has been placing 15 to 20 upper-level university students at facilities around the state to work on pollution prevention projects during the summer.  The purpose of the student internship program is to help facilities reduce environmental impacts, improve efficiency and save money.  The program is also designed to provide college students with practical work experience and the opportunity to make an environmental difference.

Energy-Efficiency Bonus Available to Small Businesses

ActOnEnergy Energy-efficiency LogoEnergy-Efficient practices are important for manufacturers to maintain, not only to save on cost but also to better the environment. Ameren is offering an ActOnEnergy® Program to assist small businesses in an energy-efficiency upgrade.

Wireless Sub-Meters: A Challenge to Manufacturers

Sub-Meters: energy savings Nationwide, the Department of Energy estimates that if commercial buildings could utilize sub-meters to identify energy savings of just 2%, it would represent actual cost savings of $1.7 billion.

As a result, the U.S. federal government, along with over 200 major commercial building sector partners, has recently issued a simple challenge to U.S. manufacturers to promote energy savings:

If you can build wireless sub-meters that cost less than $100 apiece and enable us to identify opportunities to save money by saving energy, we will buy them.”

So far, at least 18 manufacturers have agreed to participate in the challenge.

This challenge helps to identify a problem and promote the necessary innovation. Electricity sub-meters can provide building operators with information to help them identify savings. For example, a wireless sub meter could be installed at various electrical panels throughout the building to give a more detailed picture of where the electricity is being used, helping to identify savings. And while wireless sub-meters are available, they typically cost about $1,000/installation. This challenge can help reduce the cost by about 90%.

Steam Trap Rebates Available for Businesses

Nicor Energy Efficiency Program - Steam Trap By Nina Newhouser on behalf of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program offers rebates, incentives, education and resources to help businesses in the Nicor Gas service territory save energy and money. The Program can help you identify your company’s top energy conservation opportunities and offers up to $7,500 in rebates through the Steam Trap Survey Program.

Proper steam trap maintenance will provide you with improved steam system efficiency, potentially saving you money that can be reinvested into your business – in addition to the $7,500 in cash rebates. The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program now offers assistance to help your company every step of the way, from identifying energy-saving opportunities in your steam system to making repairs easier and more affordable.

Internal combustion engines in your facility?

Fehr Graham

Submitted by Ken Beach – Fehr Graham Project Manager

New regulations regarding internal combustion engines may soon impact many industries. USEPA formerly passed legislation that has been delayed several times and will now move forward. Compliance dates start as soon as May 3, 2013. We have been taking the following information to our customers for future preparedness.
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