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ASLA helps Congress craft streetscaping resolution.

March 23, 2010

With of ASLA, Congressman Steve Cohen has introduced H.Con.Res. 240, which designates 4th week of April as National Streetscaping Week. Measure recognizes benefits of streetscaping, such as creating local green jobs, helping reduce energy costs for consumers, managing stormwater, reducing air pollution by restricting carbon emissions, and creating safer streets/neighborhoods through traffic calming designs. Resolution also helps highlight work of landscape architects. Read More

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SBIC Awards recognize high-performance buildings for 2009.

March 23, 2010

Winner of 2009 Beyond Green(TM) High-Performance Building Award in high-performance buildings category is Empire State Building, for Integrated Energy Efficiency Retrofit. Water Independence in Oregon's Buildings won award in high-performance initiatives category. Entries were judged based on 8 design objectives which define high-performance buildings. Recognized projects will be featured on SBIC's website and described in depth as case studies on Whole Building Design Guide. Read More

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NBB to hold biodiesel forum at SAE World Congress.

March 23, 2010

At SAE 2010 World Congress, to be held April 13-15 in Detroit, MI, National Biodiesel Board will hold forum on railroad engine combustion with biodiesel on April 14. Experts that have experience with biodiesel use in railroads or are working on ongoing biodiesel railroad projects can forward information to Dr. Richard Nelson, who will summarize data for forum presentation. Forum is expected to list technical needs to secure approvals for biodiesel blends in railroad applications. Read More

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NBB supports Senate passage of biodiesel tax incentive.

March 23, 2010

Senate has passed H.R. 4213, American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010, by 62 to 36 margin, which provides 1 yr retroactive extension of biodiesel tax incentive. Incentive will help America realize job creation, energy security, and environmental benefits associated with biodiesel, according to Manning Feraci, NBB VP of Federal Affairs. Since lapse in credit, biodiesel industry has seen drop in demand and production, leading to job losses in difficult economy. Read More

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Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future awards 16 fellowships.

March 23, 2010

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has awarded Farming for the Future Predoctoral Fellowships to 8 university students for 2009-2010 academic year. Eight additional students were awarded Eating for the Future Predoctoral Fellowships. Each predoctoral fellowship provides 1 yr of support of up to $60,000 to be used for tuition, stipend, and/or research expenses depending on individual needs. Students must be enrolled in any division of University in PhD, ScD, or DrPH program. Read More

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Lunar Images and Data Repository is made available to the public.

March 23, 2010

Funded by NASA to archive data from past and present planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory data, Planetary Data System includes data sets from 7 instruments on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Each instrument is unique and will provide data in different formats, and much of the data is low level, not highly processed, giving researchers flexibility when working with data. Instrument data will also provide higher level data products in form of maps and calibrated images. Read More

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SME Education Foundation provides funding to PLTW.

March 22, 2010

SME Education Foundation has funded $815,000 to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) summer program, in which 6-8th grade students will learn basics of engineering concepts during 1 week summer camp. Funds will be used to expand Gateway Academy to 300 middle schools throughout U.S. Enrollees in national 5013c, not-for-profit program will learn about drafting/graphic design on computer, use real lab equipment, and will be involved in projects such as building robotic vehicles and gliders. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report is released for March.

March 22, 2010

PMA Business Conditions Report shows 43% of participants expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, while 52% predict no change. Increased orders are anticipated by 48% of companies and 54% of participants report shipping levels above 3 months ago. Companies with workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 42% in March. William E. Gaskin, PMA President, said members are experiencing 20-30% increases in orders and shipments compared to last year. Read More

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MHEDA Edge focuses on how to maximize ROI.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Edge article, entitled "How To: Make The Most of Your MHEDA Membership," begins by offering advice to young professionals at MHEDA member companies. Three suggestions include: Go to convention offered free with each paid registration, keep current with latest industry information published in MHEDA, and take advantage of MHEDA's educational opportunities, many of which come at no cost. Read More

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Joe LaRussa named to SME's Director of Membership position.

March 22, 2010

Joe LaRussa, PE, has been named SME's Director of Membership and as such will be responsible for increasing awareness of the value SME has to offer manufacturing professionals. Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manger of SME, noted Joe's volunteer work and understanding of manufacturing at a practical level will assist in existing and future members' nurturing and development. LaRussa has been an SME member since 1994. Read More

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Manufacturers support extension of tax credit.

March 22, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers are pleased with Vice President Biden's announcement to extend Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit by additional $5 billion. Program provides 30% tax credit for investments in facilities that manufacture clean energy technologies including wind, solar, batteries, advanced transportation, and advanced energy transmission. Initiative will spur manufacturing investment and has potential to generate thousands of jobs. Read More

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Manufacturers say HomeStar will create jobs.

March 22, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers believe HomeStar program is effective way to encourage energy efficiency and immediately create jobs at time when nation is struggling with unemployment rate near 10%. Nearly one quarter of manufacturing jobs lost are in industries closely connected to housing. HomeStar program will help spur consumer demand for energy-efficient products and building materials by providing instant rebates for home energy-efficiency retrofits. Read More

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Men of the Road Feature interviews industry truck drivers.

March 22, 2010

In its Spring issue of Welding and Gases Today, 6 drivers who transport goods in the gases and welding industry share thoughts with GAWDA members and other readers. Each driver comes from different location and offers diverse array of experiences. All agree, however, that being on the road is the highlight of their jobs. Interviews conducted for the magazine feature will be offered in an expanded form on the magazine's online component. Read More

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NADCA President receives Ray H. Witt Award.

March 22, 2010

NADCA President Daniel Twarog has received Ray H. Witt Award given by Advanced Casting Research Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Award recognizes individual leadership in aluminum casting industry. Twarog became Executive VP of NADCA in August 1995, and was promoted to President in June 1999. In his time at NADCA, Twarog has worked with his staff to develop and improve many NADCA products and services to assist the die casting industry. Read More

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Gases and Welding Blog gets fresh start.

March 22, 2010

Written by GAWDA Edge editor Dan Vest, GAWDA Edge Editors Blog continuie its effort to provide young gases and welding industry professionals with up-to-date, useful information. Entries, posted 2-3 times per week, cover topics such as breaking news, industry events, article previews, best practices, and industry hot topics. According to Vest, something is always happening in the gases and welding industry, and this blog will help provide industry with latest information. Read More

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IPC Whitepaper urges EU to consider science in RoHS recast.

March 22, 2010

'Recasting the RoHS Directive: An Opportunity to Solidify Its Scientific Basis in Support of Comprehensive Environmental Regulation" urges members of EU and Parliament to ensure revised directive be scientifically based and aligned with REACH. It addresses EU Parliament amendment that bans brominated/chlorinated compounds, which could weaken scientific basis of RoHS and REACH. Ban of TBBPA would have similar implications, since studies have found it safe for human health/environment. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 details forklift rentals consolidation.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 issue features article, Centralized Rental, which describes steps Liftech Equipment Companies has taken to improve its rental service over last 2 yr. In article, Liftech General Rental Manager Dave Aylward outlines process of consolidating rental operations of 6 company branches, located in 2 states, into one centralized department. By doing this, according to Aylward, company's trucking department turned 5-figure profit after expecting to break even. Read More

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Publication offers application guide for AMS installation.

March 19, 2010

Reaffirmed AMCA 600-06, Application Manual for Airflow Measurement Stations, provides information to be considered when designing or specifying HVAC and other applications in installations requiring airflow measurement stations (AMSs) in temperatures from -20 to +250°F, pressures to 10 in. wg, and velocities to 5,500 fpm. Specifically, manual assists designers and users with proper application, performance considerations, selection, and limitations of airflow measurement stations. Read More

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NHA Webinar to explore green fuel cell jobs in next 10 years.

March 19, 2010

Offered as one-time only event taking place March 24 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT, Green Job Creation in the Fuel Cell Industry: The Next Ten Years will be free to attend. It will not be archived, nor will slides be made available. Webinar will offer insight into third and fourth sections - Sustainability and Job Creation Potential - of Fuel Cell Today's 2010 Industry Review, which provide data on CO2 and regulated pollution reduction as well as job creation potential out to 2019. Read More

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AASHTO commends passage of hiring incentives.

March 19, 2010

By vote of 68 to 29, Senate has approved Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, which will extend authorizations for Highway and Transit Programs through end of calendar year. It will also provide $19.5 billion to Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent into next year and restore $8.7 billion in highway contract authority to states that was rescinded at end of fiscal year 2009. John Horsley, executive director of ASHTO says it's a win for the economy, workers, and community. Read More