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Public Listening Sessions address power plant carbon pollution.

November 5, 2013

U.S. EPA will hold 11 public listening sessions to solicit ideas and input from public and stakeholders about best Clean Air Act (CAA) approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants, which represent largest stationary source of carbon pollution in USA. Feedback from these sessions will help EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect latest and best information available. EPA will seek additional public input during notice and comment period. Read More

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EPA Honors Freight Industry Leaders for efficiency benchmarks.

November 5, 2013

With its 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards, EPA is honoring 55 companies as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency. These awards recognize companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in reducing carbon pollution and other harmful emissions as they move goods across USA. Annual awards honor top truck, intermodal, and rail carrier partners setting efficiency benchmarks in how they move products and supplies. Read More

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Experts Will Present Research at Tin Whiskers Symposium.

November 5, 2013

Eric Chason, Ph.D., professor of engineering at Brown University, will present his tin whisker research at 7th International Tin Whiskers Symposium, which will take place November 12–13, 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA. His presentation, "Real Time Study of Whiskers/Hillock Formation in Sn-Cu Systems During Thermal Cycling," will provide information on systematic experiments conducted to confirm that stress from intermetallics causes tin whiskers to form. Read More

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AAMA AMC publishes aluminum sustainability white paper.

November 5, 2013

According to AAMA's Brent Slaton, release of "Aluminum: The Total Solution for Sustainable, Strong and Efficient Commercial Building Design" by Aluminum Material Council (AMC) of AAMA aims to encapsulate strategic advantages of incorporating aluminum extrusions into commercial fenestration products. Slaton cited such advantages to be energy efficiency, recyclability/sustainability, cost, freedom of design, strength to weight ratio, as well as available colors and finishes. Read More

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AMCA Announces Approval of Air Curtains as vestibule alternatives.

November 4, 2013

As announced by AMCA International, 2015 version of International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will contain provision that enables air curtains to be considered as alternative to vestibules. Compliance requires air curtains to be tested in accordance with ANSI/AMCA Standard 220 and installed to manufacturer instructions. AMCA's Wade Smith expressed pride in efforts of AMCA Air Curtain Engineering Committee, Air Movement Code Action Review Committee, and Intercode Incorporated. Read More

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EPA recognizes WaterSense Partners of the Year.

November 4, 2013

EPA's Partner of the Year awards program recognizes commitment of WaterSense partners in promoting water efficiency. Winners included Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department, Delta Faucet Company, Niagara Conservation Corp, The Home Depot, KB Home, Irrigation Association, and John Taylor of Taylor Irrigation Service, Inc. Two partners that received WaterSense Sustained Excellence awards in recognition of their continuous high level of support included Kohler Co. and Lowes, Inc. Read More

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ASTM Concrete Committee honors Matthew Offenberg.

November 4, 2013

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has presented the Katharine and Bryant Mather Member Contribution Award to Matthew Offenberg, technical services manager at W.R. Grace and Co. Committee cited Offenberg for outstanding contributions in development of standards and dissemination of knowledge related to pervious concrete and enhancement of cement and concrete technology standards. A member of ASTM since 2007, he currently chairs Subcommittee C09.49 on Pervious Concrete. Read More

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EPA releases GHG emissions data from large facilities.

November 4, 2013

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program collects annual GHG information from over 8,000 facilities in largest emitting industries. According to data, emissions from power plants have decreased 10% in the 2 years since reporting began, due to switch from coal to natural gas for electricity and slight decrease in electricity production. Fossil-fuel fired power plants remain largest source of emissions with just under 1,600 facilities emitting over 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012. Read More

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SME Elects 6 Manufacturing Leaders to 2013 College of Fellows.

November 4, 2013

SME elected 6 members to its College of Fellows, and 2013 Fellows will be honored at SME's Fall Awards and Installation Banquet on November 9, 2013 in Dearborn, MI. Members comprising 2013 Class of SME Fellows include M. Helmi Attia, PhD, FSME; Doug Genord, FSME; John W. Gillespie Jr., PhD, FSME; Vincent W. Howell Sr., FSME, CMfgE; Yeau-Ren Jeng, PhD, FSME; and Prof. Dr. Ir. Bert Lauwers, FSME. Deadline for 2014 Fellows nominations is December 1, 2013. Read More

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FABTECH Panel to debate manufacturing renaissance.

November 1, 2013

Scheduled to take place Nov 18 during FABTECH 2013, "State of the Industry – Executive Outlook" panel will discuss whether U.S. is experiencing a manufacturing renaissance. Options range from those who insist that sector is on path toward long-term growth, to those who caution against over-exuberance and believe that turnaround is a short-term blip. Panel will offer unique opportunity to hear from industry CEOs who are successfully navigating today's challenges. Read More

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AIA to offer 3D CAD models of National Aerospace Standards.

November 1, 2013

AIA announced partnerships with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions to offer authorized 3D CAD models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards, providing valuable tool for engineers across aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles, and reduce costs. Used extensively in design of aircraft, spacecraft, watercraft, ground vehicles, machinery, and electronics, standards define geometry and materials for millions of unique parts. Read More

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MetalForming Magazine to hold 3D Printing with Metals webinar.

November 1, 2013

Scheduled for December 12, 2013, 3D Printing with Metals webinar will address latest development in 3D printing and how the technology is applied in metalworking industry. Dr. John Lewandowski, professor at Case Western Reserve University, will present survey of additive manufacturing with focus on commercially available metal systems, while Todd Rockstroh, consulting engineer for GE Aviation, will discuss GE's next-generation initiatives to manufacture jet-engine components using 3D printing. Read More

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EPA Funding to help communities with green infrastructure.

November 1, 2013

U.S. EPA announced $400,000 will go to help 6 communities expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution as well as boost resilience to impacts of climate change. Specific communities that will be receiving assistance include Providence, RI ($75,000); Detroit, MI ($65,000); Lincoln, NE ($65,000); Gary, IN ($65,000); Pima County, AZ ($65,000); and Spartanburg, SC ($65,000). Also, EPA released report analyzing economic benefits of green infrastructure in 13 locations. Read More

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EPA Announces Funding for students' green technology innovations.

November 1, 2013

U.S. EPA announced 2013 recipients of its People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants. In total, 40 teams of graduate and undergraduate students from across USA will receive $15,000 grant for research proposals that develop solutions to real-world environmental challenges. P3 Phase I teams in 2013 come from 34 universities in 26 states, and their projects cover range of environmental and health topics. Each team will use award to develop their projects throughout academic year. Read More

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Symposium to address small specimen test techniques.

November 1, 2013

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications, Sixth International Symposium on Small Specimen Test Techniques will be held Jan. 29-31, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Houston, in Houston, TX. Event will specifically address experimental, analytical, and computational aspects of small and miniature specimen techniques and their applications. Read More

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NREL Forum attracts clean energy investors, entrepreneurs.

November 1, 2013

Hosted by NREL in Denver, CO from December 3–4, annual Industry Growth Forum will feature 30 clean energy companies, including 7 companies based in Colorado, presenting business cases to panel of investors and industry experts. These emerging clean energy startup companies, selected via application and review process, will compete for 2013 NREL Clean Energy Venture Awards. Also, event will offer networking opportunities and highlight clean energy technology and business developments. Read More

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NREL Software brings precision, savings to energy audits.

November 1, 2013

Developed in partnership with software developer concept3D, simuwatt Energy Auditor replaces clipboard-and-pencil approach of building audits with computer modeling to find more potential energy savings. This software will let ESCO employees perform audits using mobile tablets, eliminating manual input and transfer. When audit is finished, it is stored electronically and serves as baseline for next audit. Also, concept3D's work was used to help develop and grow Building Component Library. Read More

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Dr. Christopher White receives Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award.

November 1, 2013

Christopher C. White, Ph.D., received ASTM International Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award for distinguished service to Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants as well as contributions to development of building industry standards. ASTM since 2002, White specializes in rheology and service life prediction of polymer physics and is acting group leader of Polymeric Materials Group, Materials and Structural Systems Division of Engineering Laboratory at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD. Read More

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Sony CEO to deliver keynote at 2014 International CES.

November 1, 2013

Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Corporation, will deliver opening morning Tech Titans keynote address at the 2014 International CES, brining his unique perspective and insights about the latest innovations occurring at the intersection of content and hardware. Kazuo Hirai began his career with CBS/Sony Inc. in 1984. He was appointed representative corporate executive officer, president and CEO of Sony Corporation in April 2012 and was appointed director of Sony Board in June 2012. Read More

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Biofuel Companies RFS program changes undercut investment.

October 31, 2013

BIO, Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), and 37 of their member companies wrote the White House to express concerns over draft proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules that were recently and unlawfully leaked to media. As noted by advanced biofuel trade organizations and companies, EPA must continue to follow data-driven approach it has used to date in order to open market to competition and achieve program goals. Read More