Al Bredenberg
Al Bredenberg

Al Bredenberg is a writer, analyst, consultant, communicator, and specialist in the investigation and articulation of complex topics. A main writer for ThomasNet News’ Green & Clean Journal and Industry Market Trends (IMT), he writes about the environment, energy, innovation, management, and sustainable business and design. Al holds a master's degree in organization and management from Antioch University New England. He has served as an editor for print and online content. He is also a senior analyst for the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations. Al is a lifelong learner with intense curiosity and no off-switch. He lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife Virginia.

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What’s Behind the Well-Known Purchasing Managers Indexes

Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs) provide key economic indicators based on monthly surveys of purchasing and supply executives. However, the two most well-known PMIs do not always paint the same picture of U.S. manufacturing, creating a conundrum for decision-makers.

Colorado Flooding Highlights the Role of Spill Planning in Oil and Gas Extraction

Sometimes the best offense is a good defense. Oil and gas companies know this, which is why they actively employ measures to prevent and respond to spills.

Colorado Flooding Highlights the Role of Spill Planning in Oil and Gas Extraction

Sometimes the best offense is a good defense. Oil and gas companies know this, which is why they actively employ measures to prevent and respond to spills.

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Better Coordination Could Reduce the Burden of Federal Regulations for Manufacturers

With some oversight and regular auditing, it is possible for government agencies to produce regulations that serve their intended purpose without being extraneously complex and burdensome, industry experts argue.

Energy Harvesting Powers Increasing Number of Devices

Such devices can help companies save energy, reduce waste, and better integrate renewable energy sources by removing the need for batteries and reducing dependence on external energy sources.

Energy Harvesting Powers Increasing Number of Devices

Such devices can help companies save energy, reduce waste, and better integrate renewable energy sources by removing the need for batteries and reducing dependence on external energy sources.

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Groups Weigh In on Assertion that Regulations Hinder U.S. Manufacturing

The costs to manufacturing of federal regulation have increased an average of 7.6 percent annually since 1998. Manufacturing groups are lashing out against the growing burden in an effort to effect changes in Washington.

CFO Involvement Is Key to Reviving Stalled Sustainability Efforts

Research shows that in many companies, sustainability has hit a brick wall, mainly due to a lack of engagement with the corporate finance function. Working more closely with CFOs could help sustainability managers better communicate the value of sustainability to leadership.

CFO Involvement Is Key to Reviving Stalled Sustainability Efforts

Research shows that in many companies, sustainability has hit a brick wall, mainly due to a lack of engagement with the corporate finance function. Working more closely with CFOs could help sustainability managers better communicate the value of sustainability to leadership.

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Top Performing Firms Focus on a Well-Aligned Manufacturing Strategy

Employee empowerment and the careful application of manufacturing performance metrics can help businesses develop a winning manufacturing strategy.

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