Small business owners are preparing to cut staff hours and full-time employees as requirements related to the health care law rank as a top challenge for firms, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Developments in the field of green chemistry are already affecting the supply chains of many manufacturing and industrial firms, and the effects are only going to increase as time goes on. That’s the message from engineers, scientists, business decision-makers, sustainability executives, and other industry experts who attended the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) recent Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Md. Read more
One of the issues facing preventing more widespread adoption of solar technology is cost concerns. A business merchant, homeowner, or even a corporation with a gleaming downtown office may consider installing solar panels on its roof, but be wary of how expensive it might be.
If they’re mulling it over, they might spend a lot of time on the Internet doing research, or call a few solar companies, but either way, it’s still a significant investment of their time. And even if they decide they are going to switch to solar, they still have questions: How much energy am I really saving? When will my investment pay me back?
Trying to take the hassle out of the process, and encourage more and more people and businesses to invest in solar energy, has been the work of the MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab, led by Christoph Reinhart, an associate professor of building technology, and a new start-up called Mapdwell, which has licensed the technology. Read more