The International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) is celebrating their 31st Building Safety Month this May with the theme of An International Celebration of Safe and Sensible Structures. The ICCF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building tragedies through consumer education, professional development, and community service. Read more
Two-thirds of automotive executives believe the recent industry restructuring did not go far enough in addressing fundamental structural weaknesses, according to a new Booz & Co. report, which identifies lessons to help OEMs and suppliers improve their chances of future success.
The U.S. EPA awarded grants today to six college teams across the country who participated in the 7th annual EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition, which was part of the 2011 EPA Earth Day celebration event held April 16-17. Entries from 55 teams were judged by a panel of national experts, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on their project’s innovation and technical merit as well as its connection to sustainability in terms of people, prosperity and the planet. Read more
In celebration of Earth Day 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program has certified 2,500 products. Products carrying the DfE label are certified to be free of potentially dangerous chemicals such as carcinogens and reproductive or developmental toxicants. Read more
As a rising number of consumers upgrade television sets, computers and mobile devices, electronics manufacturers are beginning to take a more active role in finding a home and/or proper disposal for these outmoded products. Some would argue that the electronics industry hasn’t taken a proactive approach with regards to “e-waste” initiatives. While there is probably a lot of proof to substantiate these claims, no one can deny the recycling ambition set forth recently by the industry’s biggest names. Best Buy, Sony, Toshiba and Dell for instance are all making tremendous strides with e-waste recycling efforts. Read more
An industry-wide initiative was launched by the Consumer Electronics Association, with support from manufacturers such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Panasonic, and Samsung, in an effort to increase electronics waste recycling to one billion pounds a year by 2016, tripling the amount recycled in 2010. The eCycling Leadership Initiative will focus on consumer education as well as boosting the number of collection sites. Read more