Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  GSA – General Services Administration – will hold an in-person meeting and a teleconference/web meeting of the Green Building Advisory Committee which works with the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings.  Date: May 28.  Register in advance.  This is important stuff: The Committee is made up of experts in buildings—including architects, material suppliers, construction contractors, environment, health, security, and transportation—who work to accelerate the transformation of the Federal building portfolio to sustainable technologies and practices.  These federal standards are frequently adopted by state and local energy boards and planners.  The web meeting will focus on findings from GSA’s recent evaluation of work required by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.  GSA will present its evaluation and a draft set of recommendations regarding systems that “will be most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally sound approach’’ to the certification of high-performance federal buildings.
*  The Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) meets June 4 and 5 in Maryland.  The Committee provides advice on Smart Grid standards, priorities, and gaps, on the overall direction, status, and health of the Smart Grid industry, and on the direction of Smart Grid research and standards activities.  The June agenda (tentative) covers discussion of the draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 4.0.  The meeting will update NIST’s Smart Grid activities and the intersections with Cyber-Physical Systems program activities.
*  Ya wanna know what people are interested in, and not interested in?  A few weeks ago I referenced that DOI-Fish and Wildlife are reviewing the endangered species status of the gray wolf (Canis lupus).  Wolves have fans.  “To remove wildlife from the endangered list is to sign their death warrant,” wrote in Patricia R.  Whoa!  So far: 29,382 wolf comments to the docket, which doesn’t close until May 14!  And I know there are quite a few robo-call letters sent by bots with their electronic carbon paper.  But compare that to the number of comments sent regarding the Department of Agriculture’s revisions to Dietary Guidelines for Americans (uh, that is, people…): 217.   “I have a friend who lost over 80 pounds in the past year by following a ketogenic diet. This transformed their health and their life for the better,” writes Kim M.  Yeah, whatever (get yer pronouns right …).  Wolves are tough, mysterious, edgy, in the shadows.  All us fat people… jus’ clickin’ around that ol’ Internet… waiting for the updated iteration of Big Gubmint’s doughnut consumption guidelines.  (I like sprinkles and jelly but not chocolate ((at least on donuts))!) *:)) laughing
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