Archive for July 29th, 2013
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Detailing the demand for career and technical education, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) reported last fall that about 1 million post-secondary professional certificates are being awarded each year, due largely to the affordability of technical colleges and vocational schools, their shorter time requirements to complete, and the high return on investment they often yield. Also, 800,000 associate degrees are awarded each year and roughly 400,000 Americans enter into registered apprenticeships annually.
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Pulp and paper mill in Canada. Credit: Alex Vye, CC BY-SA 3.0

Pulp and paper mill in Canada. Credit: Alex Vye, CC BY-SA 3.0

As with many industries, water stress is pushing the pulp and paper industry to improve its water and wastewater treatment processes. According to a 2013 market study by research firm Frost and Sullivan, the industry’s high reliance on water makes it vulnerable to water risks. “Pulp and paper manufacturing is characterized by a high water footprint,” says the study, which adds, “water stress in particular regions may increase the cost of water as well as result in supply limitations.”

The industry “has high volume and concentration of chemicals in wastewater streams,” resulting in regulatory and reputational risks for firms in this sector, as well as financial risks around fines and cleanup costs in case of polluted discharge. Read more


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