As companies struggle to cope with the uncertain global economy in 2010, finding ways to increase efficiency and resilience have represented a trade-off for many supply chain managers, according to a recent report. However, it may be possible to increase both.
The U.S. EPA is kicking off its national “Green Power Community Challenge,” a year-long campaign to encourage cities, towns, villages, and Native American tribes to use renewable energy and fight climate change. To participate in the challenge, local governments must use green power in amounts that meet the program’s purchase requirements and they must also conduct a campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to collectively buy or produce green power. Read more
They are everywhere, from small businesses to doctor’s offices to the local auto shop and probably even your own kitchen counter. Single serve brewers are convenient, fun, and so popular. But, not so good for the environment. Until now. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), maker of the K-Cup® for Keurig Single-Cup Brewing Systems has designed a paper-based cup that can be used for brewing the perfect cup of tea. Read more
Not too long ago, we talked about the merits of algae becoming a viable source of renewable energy in the blog post, Is Alage Poised for Renewable Energy Superstardom? Guess what? Now it’s sludge’s turn! Sure, turning wastewater sludge into sustainable energy isn’t a new concept, but a recent “cost-effective” process developed by University of Nevada researchers has brought sludge out of the sewers and into the sustainable spotlight again. The end result of this process could lead to the mass-production of a cheap source of renewable energy. Read more
Just as the last major factory in the U.S. making incandescent bulbs closes its doors, sending 220 workers to the unemployment lines, U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Michael Burgess, R-Texas, ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced H.R. 6144, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act in an effort to repeal the ban on incandescent light bulbs. Read more
Elevated unemployment and career instability have driven increasing numbers of people to seek further education. Yet how do we measure the value of a good education? Is it in the skills acquired through coursework, post-graduation employment prospects or the potential for future earnings? Here we look at the reasons why more people are returning to the classroom, as well as the top schools for getting hired in an uncertain job market and the return on investment a student can expect.