Holding The Low-Impact Line
While I try to be a pretty agreeable guy, I cannot agree with the idea that climate change is a Chinese hoax. So after the president backed out of the Paris Climate Accord, it was pleasing to see two major organizations reaffirm key principles.
"Our member-established mission underscores our mandate to serve humanity and create a more sustainable world," said ASHRAE President Tim Wentz, who cited the mandate as more important in light of the Paris agreement. "ASHRAE is a global society of 57,000 dedicated professionals in more than 130 countries, committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings by making them more energy efficient. Our mission will not waiver as geopolitical tides rise and fall."
ASHRAE recently announced a $1.3 million investment in researching alternative low-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants. Meanwhile, AHRI issued a similar sentiment.
"The fact that the United States government has decided to seek alternative avenues other than the Paris Accord to address its energy and environmental objectives does not in any way alter the resolve of America's HVACR and water heating industry to reduce the environmental impact of the products and equipment we manufacture," said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO.
OBITUARY: PETER MORAN
(Our staff received some very sad news right after we finished the last issue. I’ll wrap up with the obituary we published online.)
Former Engineered Systems and Mission Critical publisher Peter Moran died on May 24, 2017, in Westerly, RI. He was 73.
After graduating from Manhattan College in 1969, Moran started in the B2B sector and earned an MBA from Iona College. His career in advertising sales eventually led him to BNP Media (then Business News Publishing) in 1988, where he began as Eastern Advertising Manager for three books: the ACHR News, Refrigeration Service & Contracting, and a still new title, Engineered Systems.
After succeeding in that capacity for a few years, Moran became publisher of ES in 1994. Under his guidance, ES would grow considerably in pages, market share, and reputation. In 2000, BNP named Moran publisher of the newly acquired Energy User News, a title he transferred when EUN was shuttered in 2008 in favor of Mission Critical, a new endeavor to serve the growing data center industry.
When he was not working, Moran enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, and the occasional trip to Florida. He continued publishing ES and MC until retiring in August 2016 to Rhode Island, where his family had relocated after many years in Bronxville, NY.
Randy Amborn, an industry veteran and strategic marketing director for Unison Comfort Technologies, described things well.
“Peter Moran was an old school advertising pro. Yet he was also able to adapt to change, as when he transferred his skill set from MEP to the data center market. Peter was certainly competitive, always ready to point out the weakness in a rival’s BPA statement, and was delighted when his client’s campaigns in his book were successful. He had a sharp business focus, yet he was always ready to laugh at the absurdities that arise in the course of conducting business. As his client, it was fun each time Peter came to town for a meeting and dinner. The twinkle in his eye revealed his joy in his work and especially the people it brought him into contact with. Our community of engineers, editors, marketers, and manufacturers has lost a ‘happy warrior’ with his passing.”
Many colleagues and contributors at BNP will long remember Peter with appreciation. We send our condolences to his wife, Eileen (with whom he had just begun their 50th year of marriage), and to the couple’s three daughters and eight grandchildren.
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