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Compliance & Standards Briefing: LEED, Smart Grid, Mo. Water

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and energy efficiency software provider Scientific Conservation, Inc. (SCI) are working to allow building owners to use SCIwatch technology in combination with the LEED Online platform. The SCI technology allows automated fault detection for predictive maintenance, Property Magazine reports.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on proposed changes in water quality standards for the state’s rivers and streams, Business Week reports. A DNR report examines the likely environmental benefits and economic costs of the proposed changes. The proposals result form a 2009 decision by federal regulators, requiring new standards for an almost 29-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) has just agreed in principle to spend $4.7 billion over the next two decades, including a $1.2 million fine, to end a four-year-old suit that alleged the agency violated federal clean water laws.

London business education and training campus the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) will install FirstCarbon Solution ghgTrack software to manage its carbon footprint. The entire business park will be able to reduce its environmental risk, provide stakeholders with centralised access to all carbon management tasks, and collect data on scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions sources, FirstCarbon says. FirstCarbon says the software will help the center comply with the U.K.’s Climate Change Act 2008, which requires organisations to reduce their carbon emissions.

Irv Badr, senior GoToMarket manager at IBM, and John Teeter, Chief Scientist at PeoplePower, have volunteered to co-chair the Smart Energy Working Group for computer industry standards consortium Object Management Group (OMG), which will be meeting on June 22 in Salt Lake City. The working group will focus on standards for smart grid interoperability and support of emerging business practices. “Some of the areas we’ll be looking at in terms of standards include business process modeling and enterprise architecture, which are significantly impacted during the smart grid transformation process,” Badr said.

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