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Chevron Abandons Coal Cash Cow

In a recent blog, I remarked how surprising it is that global businesses are taking very real steps to become more sustainable. Week after week a rising number of large enterprises are retrofitting vehicles and plants, streamlining energy use and figuring out ways to enlighten employees on the value of sustainable best practices. So what's a big company to do when becoming more sustainable means...

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The Changing Face of Innovation in the 21st Century

The greatest innovations of our time will be those that help address human needs, rather than those that simply create the most profit, according to a new study that outlines a changing landscape for innovation in the 21st century. In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama called on the United States to "out-innovate" the rest of the world. According to a new survey of...

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EPA's Game Day Challenge Tally

More than 77 schools and 2.8 million football fans participated in the U.S. EPA's 2010 Game Day Challenge - in which any college or university in the U.S. with a football team could enter to compete to see who could reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste - succeeded in diverting 500,000 pounds of waste from landfills. Each participating school designed a waste reduction plan for one home...

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Green Toys: A Growing Slice Of An $84 Billion Pie

What's the significance for worldwide manufacturing when sections of a market worth $84 billion globally decide to "go green"? We're about to find out. The market in question is the toy market, and the latest, hottest and brightest were on display, alongside the humble and traditional, at this week's Nuremberg Toy Fair, held February 3 to 8. The fair is one of the biggest trade events in the...

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DOE Offers Conditional Loan Commitment for New Biofuels Plant

Diamond Green Diesel, LLC, a joint venture between Valero Energy Corporation and Darling International Inc., is preparing to build a 137-million per year renewable diesel facility in Norco, LA and the U.S. government has taken the first step toward a loan commitment. The $241 million loan guarantee is part of the Department of Energy's comprehensive strategy to support the production of advanced...

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How the Supply Chain Fought Cargo Theft in 2010

There were 899 cargo theft incidents reported last year. As a result, more companies are turning to technological solutions such as RFID and GPS to track shipments and prevent cargo theft throughout the supply chain. As global shipping grows more complex, so does cargo theft, which takes a significant portion of potential revenue out of the supply chain each year. To combat the threat of...

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Product Spotlight: New LED Technology Burns Brightly

Intematix, a leading innovator of patented phosphors for high-quality LEDs, today introduced ChromaLit™, a remote phosphor light source that is "destined to disrupt the lighting industry," according to Mark Swoboda, CEO of Intematix. ChromaLit products are customizable in geometry, color temperature, CRI and substrate material, providing manufacturer's with new design freedoms, such as...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: White House Turns Attention to Small Biz

Plus: Goods Orders Increase, Unemployment Rate Falls and Worker Productivity Climbs. White House Shifts Attention to Small Biz "The White House announced a flurry of small-business initiatives Monday, including a proposal to extend permanent capital-gains tax relief to investors who put money into small companies," the Wall Street Journal reported last week. Picking up where President Obama's...

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New ASHRAE Book Offers Simple Ways To Green Up Data Centers

If saving energy in the data center is on your list of goals for 2011, a good place to get started is by evaluating the energy usage of the power and cooling equipment infrastructure that supports all of the servers, appliances, and storage devices. The energy needs of power and cooling equipment represents up to 50 percent of total data center energy consumption. The American Society of Heating,...

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Light Friday: Super Bowl XLV by the Numbers

Whether you're a Green Bay Packers fan, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan or simply enjoy funny commercials, Super Bowl Sunday should prove exciting for millions of Americans. Here we look at some of the fun and surprising statistics behind Super Bowl XLV. Last year, Super Bowl XLIV was the most watched Super Bowl in the history of the event, and Super Bowl XLV this Sunday is projected to draw an even...

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