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I recently spoke to an engineer who is currently unemployed and asked him what his short-term plans/goals are. He responded that he was going to either take a new job or get a master’s degree, whichever one comes first.
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This is part two of the exclusive three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series intended to delve deeper into the dynamics of sustainable manufacturing, what it means, how it is achieved, and the value it can bring to the business enterprise and customers. This week, Mark Coleman examines the importance of integrating sustainability at the operational level of the manufacturer.  Read more


Boswell Energy Center

Boasting about the cleanest coal-fired power plant seems comparable to feeling good about devouring the lowest-calorie banana split. Each might not cause much damage, but we’re still talking about damage.

Minnesota Power would likely take umbrage with the comparison. The utility company says it is spending $350 million to make its coal-fired facility “fully-compliant with both state and federal regulations.”

This achievement is particularly noteworthy because America still depends on coal for its energy. The U.S. generated about 4 trillion kW-hr of electricity last year and “about 68 percent of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 37 percent attributed from coal,” according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Read more

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