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AT&T Inches Closer to Sustainability Goal

In March of 2009, AT&T announced a $565 million planned investment to replace 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative-fuel models through 2018. The have taken another step toward that goal with the deployment of the 2,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet vehicle. "The deployment of our 2,000th compressed natural gas vehicle is an important marker in our long-term strategy to reduce both costs...

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Sustainability Spotlight: BuildingGreen Unveils Top 10 Green Products

BuildingGreen, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), released the winners of its ninth annual Top-10 Green Building Products. The list recognizes the top green products based on recent additions to GreenSpec, coverage in EBN, and BuildingGreen blogs. Here's the top 10 list: 1. NyloDeck, an American-made composite decking produced from pre-consumer recycled...

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U.S. Economic Climate Warming Up

Economic conditions continue to improve at a modest pace in most U.S. regions, thanks to strong performance in the manufacturing industry and an upswing in consumer confidence. The United States economy continued to improve in the fall, posting steady growth in most regions despite signs of deceleration in the summer. Both consumer spending and manufacturing are on an upswing, boosting the...

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Underwriters Laboratory Helps Manufacturers Understand and Comply with ENERGY STAR® Requirements

EPA guidelines, effective January 1, 2011, require that any product seeking participation in the federal ENERGY STAR® program is required to have its energy performance evaluated by a certification body prior to product labeling, and the product must also undergo post-market verification testing to ensure continued compliance. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. is offering a free webinar series,...

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Employer-Based Health Plan Rates Surge

The combination of higher health care premiums and out-of-pocket costs is putting working families' budgets under stress across the country, according to a new analysis of state trends. Premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance increased an average of 41 percent across states from 2003 to 2009, more than three times faster than median incomes, according to a report released by the...

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The Nocebo Effect: Does Living Near Wind Turbines Really Make You Sick?

It's one of those arguments you hate to get into, since both sides are so equally convinced they are right. As the U.S. and the rest of the world begin to see more wind turbines cropping up in rural areas, the arguments for and against so-called "wind turbine syndrome" have been heating up. Noise and sunlight flicker experienced by people who live near the turbines have been blamed for a host of...

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Government Wants to Speed Up the Creation of the Atlantic Coast Wind Farms

The Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf region is prime real estate for harnessing wind energy. It is estimated that offshore Atlantic winds contain 1,000 GW of energy and, although the U.S. leads the world in installed, land-based wind energy capacity, there are currently no offshore energy projects. The government is looking to change all of that with the "Smart from the Start" initiative. Ken...

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Auto Sales Make Gains in November

The major U.S. automakers reported double-digit sales growth for November, lifting the prospects for a strong finish to the year as the holiday sales season approaches. United States car manufacturers posted significant sales increases in November, with the major firms reporting double-digit gains in individual and fleet sales in the lead-up to the typically robust holiday sales season....

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Major Airlines Take Off with Biofuel

Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline, and TAM, Brazil's largest airline recently joined a growing list of airlines that have successfully completed flights using biofuel blends. For both airlines, it's a major step forward in reaching their progressive biofuel initiatives while meeting mandates to reduce carbon output. Lufthansa's progressive biofuel project, announced this week at a press...

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Helping Manufacturers View Their World Through Green Colored Glasses

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) are making it easier for manufacturing professionals to become green workers - one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. workforce. When you think "green job", what probably comes to mind is the first part of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' official definition: "Jobs in businesses that produce goods...

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