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EPA's Design for the Environment Program Reaches a Milestone

In celebration of Earth Day 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program has certified 2,500 products. Products carrying the DfE label are certified to be free of potentially dangerous chemicals such as carcinogens and reproductive or developmental toxicants. "EPA's DfE Program helps empower people to choose...

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Lessons to Improve the U.S. Auto Industry

Two-thirds of automotive executives believe the recent industry restructuring did not go far enough in addressing fundamental structural weaknesses, according to a new Booz & Co. report, which identifies lessons to help OEMs and suppliers improve their chances of future success. Despite positive forecasts for the United States automotive industry, a new Booz & Company report says that auto...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Six University Teams Named Winners of EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet Awards

The U.S. EPA awarded grants today to six college teams across the country who participated in the 7th annual EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition, which was part of the 2011 EPA Earth Day celebration event held April 16-17. Entries from 55 teams were judged by a panel of national experts, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on their...

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Global Steel Production Rises in First Quarter

Worldwide steel output increased in March, both on a monthly basis and year-over-year, reflecting strong production gains in the first quarter of 2011. Global crude steel production totaled 129 million metric tons in March, up from 117 million metric tons in February, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported last week. Steel output of the 64 countries tracked by worldsteel also climbed 7...

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Electronics Recycling - Can Industry Regulate Itself?

An industry-wide initiative was launched by the Consumer Electronics Association, with support from manufacturers such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Panasonic, and Samsung, in an effort to increase electronics waste recycling to one billion pounds a year by 2016, tripling the amount recycled in 2010. The eCycling Leadership Initiative will focus on consumer education as well as boosting the number of...

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E-Waste Recycling Efforts Begin to Pile Up

As a rising number of consumers upgrade television sets, computers and mobile devices, electronics manufacturers are beginning to take a more active role in finding a home and/or proper disposal for these outmoded products. Some would argue that the electronics industry hasn't taken a proactive approach with regards to "e-waste" initiatives. While there is probably a lot of proof to substantiate...

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How to Network (Even If You Hate Networking)

Are you an introvert? Does the thought of making small talk or "working the room" make you cringe? For people who dread networking, consider these guiding principles and techniques. Not all of us possess the ability to easily walk up to a stranger and start talking, especially about ourselves or our work. Even if we don't hate networking events, we may still feel inadequate at them. Yet...

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Collaborate to Innovate Your Network

Driving innovation through collaboration is no longer a unique differentiator, but a customer-mandated business requirement, as Liz Miller, VP of programs and operations at the CMO Council, tells IMT. Establishing collaborative networks is fast becoming a necessity for remaining competitive in today's business environment. But what does collaboration specifically entail, and where do business...

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Staphylococcus aureus: It's What's For Supper

If you pay attention to food safety, you'll know that the previous year hasn't been a comforting one. Spinach, lettuce and eggs are just some of the more recent items that have sparked wide-scale food safety scares and illnesses. But the real eyebrow-raiser happened last week. A new study has indicating that about half of the conventionally farmed meat and poultry sold in the U.S. is widely...

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