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BIO-Hosted Media Luncheon addresses need for increased food security.

April 29, 2010

Taking place in Chicago, IL on May 5, BIO's media luncheon will address need for increased food security as well as roles for biotechnology to help combat world hunger. "When Politics Impedes Progress to Combat Hunger" will explore political and regulatory hurdles that prevent acceptance of agricultural technologies as well as access to biotechnology by certain populations. Specifically, speakers will examine role of science and technology in helping producers grow food more sustainably. Read More

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ANSI Leadership and Service Awards are open for nominations.

April 29, 2010

Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, ANSI's 2010 Leadership and Service Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs as well as those who have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry, their nation, and enhancement of global standards system. There are 11 categories of individual awards, and nominations are due by July 16, 2010. Read More

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BIO Convention highlights key policy issues for biotechnology.

April 29, 2010

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature high-level industry leaders discussing public policy issues of critical importance to all segments of biotechnology industry, including health and medicine, food and agriculture, industry and environment, and emerging companies. During breakout sessions, industry experts will share their insights on 111th Congress, next steps in health care reform, patent reform, and sustainability. Read More

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GREEN JOBS Act Biofuels Incentives strongly supported by BIO.

April 29, 2010

BIO thanked Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Mark Schauer (D-MI), and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) for introducing the Grow a Renewable Energy Economy Now - Jumpstart Other Biofuels (GREEN JOBS) Act of 2010, H.R. 5142. As executive VP for BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, Brent Erickson said, "If enacted, this legislation would provide the consistent, sustained and diverse federal support necessary to enable rapid growth of a sustainable advanced biofuel industry." Read More

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March 2010 PCB Industry Results show positive signs of growth.

April 29, 2010

March findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program showed rigid PCB shipments and bookings up 19.6% and 38.4%, respectively, in March 2010 from March 2009. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were also up 9.2%, and bookings grew 31.9%. Flexible circuit shipments in March 2010 were down 1.3%, but bookings were up 18.9% compared to March 2009. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments were down 2.4% and bookings were up 7.1%. Read More

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AASHTO Reports address U.S. transportation capacity needs.

April 29, 2010

AASHTO has released series of new reports, "Transportation Reboot: Restarting America's Most Essential Operating System," that state the case for increasing nation's transportation capacity. "Unlocking Gridlock" shows that U.S. is experiencing system overload, according to John Horsley, and capacity increases are needed in transit, rail, and highways. Urgent projects cited include Houston's U.S. 290 Corridor, I-509 freeway in southern California, and commuter rail links in Michigan. Read More

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ESFI Applauds Legislation recently introduced to House.

April 29, 2010

ESFI applauds introduction of Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 (HR 5112) in the House by Representatives Russ Carnahan and Judy Biggert. According to ESFI President Brett Brenner, it demonstrates federal government's commitment to monetary investment in energy-efficient technologies as well as creating environment that prioritizes building personnel safety. When legislation passes, ESFI will be ready to work with GSA on electrical safety awareness initiatives. Read More

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EPA issues report on U.S. climate change indicators.

April 29, 2010

Titled "Climate Change Indicators in the United States," EPA report looks at 24 key indicators that show how climate change impacts health and environment of nation's citizens. Between 1990-2008, there has been a 14% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. Seven of top 10 warmest years on record for continental U.S. have occurred since 1990, and 6 of 10 most active hurricane seasons have occurred since mid-1990s. From 1993-2008, sea level rose twice as fast as long-term trend. Read More

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Biodiesel Board motions to intervene with API/NPRA RFS2 lawsuits.

April 29, 2010

In response to API and NPRA lawsuits regarding Renewable Fuels Standard, NBB CEO Joe Jobe said biodiesel industry will intervene on behalf of EPA in defense of renewable goals required by law. Jobe says that API and NPRA lawsuits lack merit and undermine renewable goals established by Congress. "NBB will vigorously defend both interests of U.S. biodiesel industry and common-sense premise that displacing petroleum with Advanced Biofuels like biodiesel is in nation's best interests," he said. Read More

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IPC Workshops to highlight updates to key standards.

April 28, 2010

IPC will hold The Impact of Updates to J-STD-001 on May 17 in Irvine, CA; May 19 in San Jose, CA; October 12 in Boston; and October 14 in Toronto, each to be followed by full-day sessions covering changes to IPC-A-610. The Impact of Updates to IPC-A-600 and IPC-6012 will be held June 8 in Irvine, CA; and June 10 in San Jose. IPC will also host workshops Lean in the Electronics Industry: Applying Theory to Practice and Lead-Free Assembly for High Yields and Reliability. Read More

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US EPA Awards Over $1 Million for environmental innovation.

April 28, 2010

More than $1 million in grants was awarded to 14 college teams that participated in Sixth Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. Winners of EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) awards developed sustainable projects and ideas that protect environment, encourage economic growth, and use natural resources more efficiently. Each winner received up to $75,000 to further develop design, implement it in field, or move it to marketplace. Read More

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National Labs Partner to help speed transition to energy efficiency.

April 28, 2010

Through US Department of Energy's (DOE) Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) initiative, commercial building owners and operators can tap expertise of national laboratories and private-sector technical experts to help save money and energy. In process of working through their projects with building researchers and technical experts, building owners/operators learn about replicable, cost-effective energy saving measures that can be applied across building portfolios. Read More

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ATA Supports Proposed Rule on speculative position limits.

April 28, 2010

ATA submitted public comments to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) supporting proposed rule on speculative position limits for certain energy contracts. Citing need for stronger limits, ATA noted excessive speculation causes distortion, higher prices, and increased volatility in oil markets while also contributing to job losses, reduced service, and industry losses. Comments also suggested index funds and other passive investors should be subject to position limits. Read More

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2010 BIO International Convention welcomed by IL representatives.

April 28, 2010

In previewing 2010 BIO International Convention and commenting on biotech and other emerging fields, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said Illinois "provide[s bioscience entrepreneurs with the right balance of highly skilled workers and essential capital, community and international access." Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley added "Chicago and Illinois...welcome the opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of biotechnology in the Midwest to the international leaders of the industry." Read More

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Sustainability Website presents new and searchable coverage.

April 28, 2010

FMA Communications Inc. announced www.greenmanufacturer.net, which offers sustainability coverage via updates, tweets, and blogs; real-time reports; webcasts; and interactive tools. According to Green Manufacturer magazine editor Kate Bachman, "Content will include current and archived articles...to expand our accessibility and to provide enhanced topic searchability." Green Manufacturer Network will also supply event announcements, conference registrations, and contact opportunities. Read More

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Philadelphia FAA Controllers make next generation transition.

April 28, 2010

As part of FAA's plan to modernize national airspace system, controllers in Philadelphia area can use satellite-based system - Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) - to track and separate aircraft. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said operational benefits "extend as far as Washington, DC, and New York, which has some of the most congested airspace in the world." Use of ADS-B lends to increased efficiency and safety via 1 sec update rates and detailed information. Read More

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ASA Warehouse Operations Seminar met with success in 3 locations.

April 28, 2010

American Supplpy Association Education Foundation's Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations certificate course, offered via one-day seminars, took place in Findlay, Ohio; Bloomington, MN; and Downers Grove, IL. Addressing frequently mentioned issues, Jason Bader of The Distribution Team, Inc. led groups through program of instruction, discussions, and exercises that summarized highlights of 9-chapter course. Participants came away optimistic about taking operations to next level. Read More

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SME announces format change for Canadian Manufacturing Week.

April 28, 2010

Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010, October 5-7, will take place at Toronto Congress Centre. Event will feature three-zoned format that groups latest manufacturing technologies and solutions into Weld Expo Canada, The Advanced Manufacturing Zone, and The Physical Asset Management Zone. Changes in event are based on results of February SME survey of 552 Canadian manufacturers, which indicated that 70% see businesses increasing in next 12-18 months. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Projects concentrate on commercial buildings.

April 28, 2010

US Department of Energy announced support for energy-saving commercial building projects in United States. With money from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DOE's national laboratories will select and fund technical experts to provide technical guidance to commercial building owners and operators. Commercial Building Partnerships initiative will foster collaborative relationships among commercial building owners/operators, researchers, and technical experts. Read More

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NEMA endorses DoE collaboration with IDB.

April 28, 2010

In significant move to facilitate implementation of projects, policy reform, and knowledge dissemination across Americas, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Inter-American Development Bank President, Luis Alberto Moreno to help launch Energy Innovation Center. EIC will promote innovation and cutting edge technology for energy sector, serve as regional hub for energy knowledge exchange, and translate energy sector ideas into projects. Read More