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Sustainability Spotlight: Energy-Saving Lighting Products are Burning Brighter

To chart the progress made towards shifting to more energy-efficient lighting, the U.S. DOE has released their 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization report, which provides detailed estimates of the national inventory of installed lamps, their performance characteristics, associated energy use, and lumen production (a measure of brightness). The report breaks down usage by four sectors:...

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Shuttering Coal Plants is a Dirty Business

We all know coal isn't exactly the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, but does it make environmental and economic sense to shutter coal plants that fail to meet regulations? To set the stage, here are vital coal statistics. There are about 600 coal plants in the U.S with a typical (500 megawatt) coal plant burning 1.4 million tons of coal each year, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists....

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Manufacturing Growth Picks up Pace in January

The U.S. manufacturing industry continued to expand through January, as an increase in new orders accelerated the growth rate to its highest level in seven months. Business activity in the United States manufacturing sector posted strong growth in January, and the rate of expansion increased, continuing a series of monthly increases in the pace of growth through the fall and winter. However,...

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Worth a Look: From Factories to Cubicles

Plus: The Leap Second, What a Scientist Looks Like, (Supposedly) Impossible Chemistry Reactions, IRS Audit Red Flags and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT continues its weekly Wednesday feature that spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar - all in...

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Moving Toward Environmentally Friendly Medical Supplies

Health care organization Kaiser Permanente is in the business of caring for people and is now taking a step toward protecting the environment. The organization will be switching to PVC- and DEHP-free IV medical equipment. Studies have shown that polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP) are harmful to humans and the environment. Both of these industrial chemicals are widely...

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A small company in Michigan gets very famous after the State of the Union

Like millions of other interested Americans, I watched President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union on television on January 24. Obama talked about the things politicians usually talked about (more jobs, ending wars, protecting our military, etcetera), but a little more than halfway through the hour-long speech, he told a story that caught my eye. "What's true for natural gas is true for...

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Is Cellulosic Ethanol The Loch Ness Monster Of Biofuel?

It was one of those "blink and you miss it" things. In June of last year, Congress formerly repealed the nation's ethanol subsidies in a bipartisan vote that raised few eyebrows and generated only a handful of news reports. The tax credit, which had been in place since 2004, gave the makers of ethanol $0.45 cents for each gallon they produced. It was an expensive program - it cost taxpayers $6...

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Are American Products Eco-Friendlier?

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States was one initiative highlighted in President Obama's State of the Union address this month, but besides creating jobs, will the patriotic shift make a difference on the environment?  Yes, argues environmental journalist Jennifer Grayson, in her Eco-Etiquette blog: "When you choose products manufactured here at home, you avoid the extra fuel...

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What Sales and Procurement Pros Really Think of Each Other

Sales and procurement professionals each express respect for their counterparts and a willingness to work together, according to a 2011 report. At the same time, however, there is evidence that focusing on price rather than value prevents both groups from engaging with one another for mutual benefit. Procurement and sales departments continue to dwell on beliefs and tactics that prevent both job...

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The Challenger Sale

The top salespeople don't just build relationships with their clients, but also challenge them. The Challenger Sale outlines the skills, behaviors, knowledge and attitudes that drive high sales performance. What's the secret to sales success? If you're like most business leaders, you'd say it's fundamentally about relationships — and you'd be wrong. The best salespeople don't just build...

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