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Biofuel Makes First Transatlantic Flight

On June 18, 2011, green history was made when Honeywell's Green Jet Fuel successfully powered a Gulfstream G450 business jet from North America to Europe.  Flying from Morristown, NJ, the plane flew a route similar to that of Lindberg's transatlantic flight, landing at Paris-Le Bourget Airport in conjunction with the 2011 Paris Air Show. The plane was powered with a 50/50 blend of Honeywell...

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An Inquisition Into The Spanish Green Jobs Study

To our knowledge, there has been only one major, respected, quoted and generally acknowledged study of the nationwide economic effects of green jobs on the rest of the economy. In 2009, Madrid's Universidad Rey Juan Carlos published a paper titled "Study of the effects on employment of public aid to renewable energy sources," prepared under research director Dr. Gabriel Calzada...

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Light Friday: Does Your Boss Bug You on Weekends?

Plus: Loyalty's Health (and Salary) Benefits and a Fun Workplace Prank at Legoland. Stay Healthy (and Get Richer) by Being Loyal Loyalty is good for your health and creativity and can even boost job wages, research suggests. While a slowly recovering economy and a wave of political scandal might inspire doubt or mistrust, people who remain loyal to their employers, romantic partners and even...

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Sustainability Spotlight: 11th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards

In recognition of both public and private sector achievements, the U.S. EPA is honoring 12 programs from organizations across the United States for their efforts in achieving cleaner air. The winning organizations have demonstrated a commitment to creating a greener infrastructure and in so doing, have also created jobs. Award-winning entries have directly or indirectly reduced pollutant...

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Taxi Wars Continue

Most metropolitan cities are updating and upgrading their taxi fleets to phase out smog producers in favor of cleaner, greener vehicles. New York City recently announced that their new taxi fleet will be made up of the Nissan NV200 minivan. This has been an ongoing green story, so here is another chapter featuring Ford Motor Company's taxi vehicle. The Ford Transit Connect Taxi runs on compressed...

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The State of Logistics

Business logistics costs totaled $1.2 trillion last year and accounted for 8.3 percent of the nation's GDP, according to a new report. Overall United States logistics costs rose 10.4 percent, or $114 billion, to total $1.2 trillion in 2010, according to a new report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Business logistics costs increased to 8.3 percent of the nation's...

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Sustainable Jet Fuel Gets a Boost

In recent posts, I've touched upon the challenges of sustainable fuels reaching widespread adoption. With too many options ( i.e. algae, corn, wood chips, waste, etc.) and lack of distribution it feels very much like early days. But with recent news of jets taking trans - Atlantic flights powered by sustainable fuels and other airlines getting serious about fuel efficiency, perhaps the industry...

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IMT Classic: 10 Cool U.S. Factory Tours

Now that the summer vacation season has begun, consider taking a short trip to one of these 10 cool factories and learn how stuff gets made. Go behind the scenes to see how Gibson guitars, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Louisville Slugger bats, Jelly Belly jellybeans and Jack Daniel's whiskey, among other things, are produced. Read more.

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DOE Supports U.S.-based Manufacturing of High Quality, Low Cost Solar Silicon

Calisolar Inc., was awarded a conditional commitment for a $275 million loan guarantee from the U.S. DOE, which it will use to commercialize its pioneering solar silicon manufacturing process that produces silicon for use in solar cells at less than half the cost of traditional processes. According to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Calisolar's manufacturing process ". . . will help the U.S. to...

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Moonshine Makes a Comeback, In an Industrial Sort of Way

Everything old is new again. What was once an illegal, backwoods, night-time activity has gone upscale and mainstream to join the alternative fuel market. But, this new system has a twist. Instead of relying on field grown crops, which ultimately cuts into the food supply, this system grows its own feedstock, makes its own power, and then turns out ethanol (moonshine) for use as fuel. Allard...

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