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AIA names Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
April 29, 2010 AIA has appointed Susan K. Tonner as Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy. Previously senior director for Federal Public Policy at TechAmerica, Tonner brings more than 30 years of experience in government acquisition policy to AIA. She will present positions of AIA member companies on range of regulatory andlegislative issues, rules, policies, and procedures that affect federal acquisition and financial management of Defense Department, military services, and other government agencies.
BIO-Hosted Media Luncheon addresses need for increased food security.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
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.
Green Building Webinar addresses deep energy retrofits.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
April 29, 2010 Scheduled for May 4, webinar presented by Betsy Pettit, FAIA, will examine enclosure design and construction details that achieve greater energy efficiency. Session will provide practicing architects with knowledge and tools about energy retrofit techniques for residential work and explain how design services can add value to any energy retrofit project. Insulating sheathings and new windows that increase comfort while reducing energy use will also be highlighted.
BIO Convention highlights key policy issues for biotechnology.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
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.
EPA issues report on U.S. climate change indicators.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
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.
March 2010 PCB Industry Results show positive signs of growth.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
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%.
AASHTO Reports address U.S. transportation capacity needs.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
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.
ESFI Applauds Legislation recently introduced to House.
Electrical Safety Foundation International    Rosslyn, VA 22209
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.
Biodiesel Board motions to intervene with API/NPRA RFS2 lawsuits.
National Biodiesel Board    Jefferson City, MO 65110-4898
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.
Philadelphia FAA Controllers make next generation transition.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
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.
Sustainability Website presents new and searchable coverage.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
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.
2010 BIO International Convention welcomed by IL representatives.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
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."
National Labs Partner to help speed transition to energy efficiency.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
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.
ATA Supports Proposed Rule on speculative position limits.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
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.
US EPA Awards Over $1 Million for environmental innovation.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
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.
NEMA Becomes Sponsor of High-Performance Building Week.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
April 28, 2010 NEMA is sponsoring High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition's High Performance Building Week, which takes place June 13-19 and highlights importance of high-performance buildings. Activities will include site visits to NIST laboratories, congressional briefings, and reception honoring high performance building goals achievements. As NEMA President and CEO, Evan R. Gaddis said "this is critically important as energy and climate legislation is being considered."
NEMA endorses DoE collaboration with IDB.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
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.
ASA Warehouse Operations Seminar met with success in 3 locations.
The American Supply Association    Chicago, IL 60654
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.
SME announces format change for Canadian Manufacturing Week.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
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.
Energy Efficiency Projects concentrate on commercial buildings.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
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.

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