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The Dish, March 25, 2014

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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March 25, 2014





Kick off Spring with Peer to Partner Call on parking lots
The 2014 Peer to Partner Best Practices calls kicks off this Friday, March 28, with the first call of the Spring season. Join us to discuss the issues associated with parking lots!

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Time: 1 to 2 p.m. CDT
Topic: Parking lots

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Do you know about 'Design, Construction and Disaster Preparedness'?
Facilitator's June/July focus is on Design, Construction and Disaster Preparedness, and we are currently looking for editorial not only for this issue, but also for the whole year. Click here for more details about submitting an article, deadlines for submitting editorial and the focus and topics for each issue of Facilitator.

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Missing RFMA 2014 already?
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Facilitator: Green deconstruction and remodeling
Susan Daywitt
As the landscape of green practice evolves, the impact on facility acquisitions and remodeling expands. This article will help you navigate the waters of managing your remodeling/building projects, disposing of construction waste and choosing redesign materials and equipment in a way that is cost-effective — without bruising your company's environmental conscience.

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Olive Garden menu overhaul off to solid start
Food Business News
With the planned exit of Red Lobster, Darden Restaurants, Inc. has refocused on its core brand of Olive Garden, with efforts well under way to revitalize the Italian casual dining chain.

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Former McDonald's execs to open calorie-counting chain in Dallas and Plano
The Dallas Morning News
By summer's end, LYFE Kitchens are slated to open in Dallas' Preston Center, Uptown's West Village and at Park Boulevard and Preston Road in Plano, says executive Mike Donahue. LYFE (that's Love Your Food Everyday) Kitchen serves dishes that are 600 calories or less, 1000 milligrams of sodium or less and contain little to no white sugar or trans fatty acids.

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Preview Endura XL at RFMA 2014

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Restaurants' new reality: 'Tax-rate shopping'
Restaurant Business
Sharp differences in state and local sales taxes are prompting both consumers and businesses like restaurants to alter their shopping patterns, according to a new study from the Tax Foundation. The non-partisan researcher and think-tank says the discrepancies in rates can trump convenience when the public is deciding where to spend money.

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Why fast casuals should take the lead on salvaging local tastes
Fast Casual
In a world connected by shipping, media, Internet and an eye on global influences, historically local influences seem to be overlooked. We can grow food in our gardens from seeds that originated somewhere else, or we can harvest meat from animals that were domesticated somewhere else, but what about the things that were here before us?

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Which energy audit is right for your facility?
Facility Maintenance Decisions
An energy audit systematically identifies and develops opportunities to help reduce energy use in an institutional or commercial facility and, as a result, decrease building operating costs. Focusing the audit is imperative for maintenance and engineering managers.

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Understanding new regulations for energy efficient buildings
Archita Datta Majumdar
The focus on more energy efficiency in all aspects of life is important, as is the debate about the best steps to get to that point. One of the key areas is buildings, where both construction and usage have to be carefully planned and monitored. The latest energy efficiency legislation — The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, H.R. 2126 — is a significant step forward.

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Top restaurant missteps that leave a sour taste
The Record
To dine out frequently is to amass a running list of pet peeves. Right? No matter how much we fundamentally appreciate the great work of many restaurants, complaining is an essential part of eating out.

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Preparing for changes in credit card technology
Nation's Restaurant News
The restaurant industry has begun preparing for a big change in credit card technology and policies that will affect retail merchants in October 2015, both in economic terms and in operations.

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Perfecting preparedness in HVAC maintenance
As restaurant facility managers know all too well, HVAC systems can easily consume a significant portion of a location's energy bill. Let's review the pros and cons of two types of HVAC maintenance services.

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New DOE tool gives access to product performance data
Since many organizations don't have access to performance data in order to properly evaluate and compare energy-efficient products, implementing new technologies can be difficult. In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a Web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.

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Air conditioning alternatives: Thermally driven cooling systems
Green Building Elements
Cooling in the heat of summer can be a daunting challenge in congested urban areas. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have been working on innovative sorbents that can store a particularly large amount of water vapor that can be used for cooling purposes.

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Wherever you are...We can be!
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Innovations in improving indoor air quality
Michael J. Berens
Poor indoor air quality now ranks as one of the world's most critical health issues. A number of industry organizations, research institutions and universities throughout the world are engaged in finding solutions that will satisfy both IAQ and energy requirements. Some recent developments show promise of helping to breaking the gridlock.

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Essential steps for warm-weather success
Facility Maintenance Decisions
Spring can seem a long time away in many parts of the country when forecasts call for more snow and colder temperatures. But when the snow inevitably melts, and temperatures rise, grounds and landscape managers with institutional and commercial facilities face many challenges to prepare landscapes for a new growing season.

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New flavor study highlights the importance of innovation
ID Report
The most familiar, tried-and-true flavors may have impressive staying power on menus, but Technomic's most recent flavor findings also signal the need for operators and suppliers to stay on top of flavor trends by reinvigorating classic offerings with new and unique twists.

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Refrigerant management program cuts GHG emissions by 100,000 metric tons
Today's Facility Manager
Just two years after Carrier entered into an agreement with EOS Climate Inc. to ensure responsible end-of-life management of used refrigerants, the program has prevented 111,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing 23,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

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Kitchen maintenance: What's under your hood? (Jeannea Jones)
Quiznos and Potbelly: A tale of 2 sandwich chains (Fortune)
Obama's overtime plan could cost small employers (The Wall Street Journal)

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