FOURTH QUARTER 2011, VOLUME 97, NUMBER 4
Vincent Badali, Director,
Business Development & Engineering,
Veolia Environment North America
Robert P. Thornton, President & CEO,
International District Energy
The Rebirth of a Towering Icon: Empire State Building
becomes model of energy efficiency
Joe Brillhart, Director, Solar Thermal Business Development, Johnson Controls Inc.
The $550 million renovation of this Art Deco masterpiece is more than skin deep.
The building’s managers are committed to making it one of the most energy-efficient
and environmentally conscious office towers built in the first half of the 20th century.
People in the News
From a Legal Perspective
What You Absolutely Need to Know
Carolyn J. Johnsen, Attorney,
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
+ District Energy
USGBC Guide: Accounting for
district energy in LEED-EBOM
Tim Griffin, PE, LEED AP, IDEA
Staying Ahead of the Price Curve: The importance of risk
management in a less volatile gas market
Jason Willan, Director of Risk Management and Research, Fellon-McCord
Record production output and promising breakthroughs in shale gas extraction are no
guarantee that stable natural gas prices will prevail in the future.
Members Speak Out
China – The District Energy Frontier
David W. Wade, PE, President,
RDA Engineering Inc
John Gray Scholarship Awards: Encouraging new talent
for the 21st century
Recipients of the 2011 John Gray Scholarship Awards offer fresh insights into the role
that district energy can play in developing sustainable communities.
Energy and Environmental Policy
How Can Local Governments
Help Make District Energy Happen?
Mark Spurr, IDEA Legislative Director
Regional Application Centers
Richard Sweetser, Senior Advisor,
U.S. Department of Energy
Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy
Upgrade at the U of A: University of Arkansas saves energy
with modular steam boilers
Jason Smith, LEED AP, Director, Sustainability and Strategic Development,
Miura North America Inc.
With nearly 50 percent of the U.S. commercial-industrial boiler fleet more than 40 years old,
operators are looking at modular boilers as an attractive replacement option.
U.Va.’s Emily Couric Clinic
Puts Cancer Patients First
Meet Our Advertisers
Calendar of Events/
Dates to Remember
Biomass Gasification: A viable option for campus district
Case studies at universities in the U.S. and Canada demonstrate how biomass gasification
systems can reduce emissions while lowering energy costs.
ON THE COVER:
With major new investments in energy-saving infrastructure, the Empire State Building
is saving millions on its energy bills while attracting first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries.
Photo: Cedric Weber / Shutterstock.com
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