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Sustainability Spotlight: Energy Star Helps Auto Plants Improve Energy Efficiency

The U.S. EPA's Energy Star program for industry has helped improve the energy efficiency of the auto manufacturing industry, which has cut fossil fuel use by 12 percent and has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide, according to a recent report by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. The U.S. EPA launched the ENERGY...

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Companies Rethink B2B Strategies

Rapidly changing vendor relationships and an uncertain economic climate are leading many companies to re-evaluate their business-to-business integration strategies, a new report shows. How are they planning to manage the risks, and will their new approaches prove effective? Although most professionals engaged in business-to-business (B2B) functions believe the recession has come to an end, many...

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Should Manufacturers Be Held Responsible for Product Waste and Recycling?

The U. S. Conference of Mayors thinks so. At their 78th Annual meeting that took place in Oklahoma City on June 11-15th, the mayors endorsed ""Closing the Recycling Loop - Affirmative Sustainable Procurement Program" and supported the Extended Producer Responsibility for Products resolutions.  The mayors are looking to Congress to support state governments in making producers and consumers...

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Clean Fireplace Technology Wins EPA Clean Air Excellence Award

Clear Skies Unlimited Inc. is a small environmental technology business that develops state-of-the-art pollution abatement technologies. One of their innovative products, the HearthCAT™ Wood Burning Fireplace, utilizes a technology that reduces particulate emissions in wood burning fireplaces by as much as 90 percent.  The EPA's Clean Air Excellence Award was given to Clear Skies...

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Is Technology Helping Us Through the Downturn?

The recent economic downturn has American workers overworked and anxious, and many are turning to collaboration technology for solutions. Is technology helping employers and employees cope with their workload, or causing more stress? As the economy struggles to recover, approximately 48 percent of employees who use technology in their jobs said they are required to do more work now than in...

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Germans At The Forefront of "Green" Beer Technology

If you're a beer drinker and you've spent any time browsing the aisles at your chosen beer store, you'll note that beer has gone environmental lately. First, we had organic beer. Next, we started seeing beer flavored with very renewable substances like hemp. Next, we were faced with lines of beer produced in kegs only - no glass bottles to litter up the world and waste fuel in transportation....

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U.S. Unveils Plan to Combat Counterfeit Goods

The federal government has unveiled a wide-ranging new strategy to combat intellectual property theft, piracy and counterfeit goods selling. How will the new enforcement measures work to protect genuine products at home and abroad? The production and distribution of counterfeit goods has long been a threat to the financial security of businesses in a wide range of industries. In the digital age,...

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A Well Liked Energy Retrofit Lending Program Comes Up Against Fannie and Freddie

Making energy-efficient changes to a property is, let's face it, expensive, at least in the up-front costs. Though the goal is ultimately to save money in the long run through the efficiencies provided by the changes, those changes still require a pile of up-front cash. In recent years, we've seen a number of programs specifically designed to help offset these costs, and one of the most effective...

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A Capital Idea from the EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a technical assistance program specifically to help state capital cities design more sustainable communities. Greening America's Capitals will assist state capitals develop a vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure. Design assistance will be...

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For those of you in the dark (yes, pun intended), the incandescent light bulb will be phased out completely by 2014 in favor of more energy efficient options such as CFLs or LEDs. According to 18seconds.org, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than two million cars and families would save more than...

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