Johnson Controls awarded Clinton Climate Initiative project
A Texas college partners with Johnson Controls to become the first higher-education institution joining the Clinton Climate Initiative's mission to increase global energy efficiency.
Lee College in Baytown, Texas, has engaged Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. in an energy savings performance contract. The move makes the college the first educational institution to sign a contract under the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
"Businesses of all types, globally and in every market segment, are actively fighting rising energy costs, and energy efficiency is becoming their primary measurable action," said Clay Nesler, vice president of global energy and sustainability for Johnson Controls. "Our work with Lee College demonstrates what can be done to advance building efficiency and save energy."
When complete, all 35 of Lee College's facilities will be retrofitted; improvements include a building management system, energy-efficient HVAC/R, and eco-friendly lighting products. The goals: Total electric consumption will be reduced by approximately 35%, and energy and water costs will be lowered by 32%.
Lee College recently signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). ACUPCC and CCI are partnering to increase the number of large-scale energy saving retrofits for campus buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy bills without using capital budgets or increasing monthly operating expenses.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.