Bronx, N.Y.-based Action Carting and Environmental Services, New York City’s leading non-hazardous waste management company, has the “Subway Series” covered: The company provides environmental services to both the New York Mets and the New York Yankees along with city icons like the Empire State Building. Businesses throughout the region – including hospitals, restaurants, construction contractors, banks and many other public and private enterprises – use their services.

When it comes  to specifying building materials performance, quality and dependability are of the utmost importance. Although copper has been a plumbing standard for household plumbing systems for several decades, it has also become a topic of controversy and concern.

Six decades ago, metallic piping dominated the plumbing market. Few viable alternatives existed to copper and galvanized pipe, and metal was practically the only material anyone had ever considered using to deliver water in the United States. This all changed in the 1950s and 1960s when high-performance plastic piping technology advanced dramatically.

Buildings' energy efficiency statistics are going public. A newly effective California law requires owners of certain nonresidential buildings to provide information about the buildings’ energy efficiency ratings to lenders, buyers and full-building tenants.

The start date to comply with this law – known as AB 1103 – is now set for July 1, 2013, for some buildings, but the date has been a moving target. AB 1103 originally was enacted in 2007 for implementation in January 2010, but has been postponed several times and may be postponed again.

Selection of efficient and cost-effective cooling and dissipating electronic heat in cabinets and panels requires thorough analysis. The goal always has been to eliminate excess waste heat that can downgrade performance and possibly ruin electronics if left unchecked.

The solution, however, is not always clear because of the impact of a number of variables, including adequate internal cooling, energy efficiency, ambient air, outside air exposure contamination, maintenance and environmental concerns. Controlling energy costs must also be a major consideration, especially for those who have chosen to rely on air conditioning systems and their incessant demand for energy around the clock. There is no question that these systems work but at considerable expense, much to the chagrin of CFOs.

Hundreds of onlookers cheered when Big Becky broke through the last foot of rock that stood between her and the bright, sunlit world outside. After four-and-a-half years of near-continuous drilling, the world’s largest tunnel boring machine – nicknamed Big Becky by local school children – finally completed its monumental task: to punch a 10.2-kilometer (6.3 miles), 14.4-meter (47.3 feet) tunnel about 140 meters (460 feet) below the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

There’s a long-standing joke shared throughout the Southeast: “Whether you’re going to heaven or hell, you’ll have to go through Atlanta first.” People regard that as a reference to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest and by far the most common connecting point for itineraries heading out of the region.

In fact, that joke’s origins can be traced to the 1800s, and originally referred to rail. Even before Atlanta’s 1847 incorporation as a city, it served as the intersection of multiple rail lines and was unavoidable for rail travelers crossing the region. That also applied to the transport of goods, and during the Civil War, Atlanta became the hub for distribution of military supplies as well as people. The convergence of the CSX and Norfolk Southern lines in Atlanta today continues the city’s role in rail transport.

In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – also known as “The Stimulus Bill” – $787 billion of federal funds were appropriated to boost the U.S. economy out of the Great Recession. Included in that total was $8 billion for the development of high-speed rail (HSR) in the United States. While the U.S. freight rail system is arguably the best in the world, our passenger rail system is anything but that. American transportation culture is rooted in the individual transportation mode, horseback and later, automobiles.

With the unrest in the Middle East and domestic energy policy decisions affecting global energy markets and domestic gas prices, Americans are once again calling for a strong U.S. energy policy to rein in the high gas prices that are eating up more of their families’ monthly budgets and increasing the costs of other consumer goods.

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