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Three Manufacturers Certified by DOE as Energy Leaders

The Department of Energy (DOE) has instituted a new market-based industrial energy efficiency program that will "serve as a roadmap for industrial facilities to help continually improve their efficiency and maintain market competitiveness." The Superior Energy Performance program is ANSI accredited and will recognize those industrial sector manufactures who are saving energy and creating new...

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Sustainability Spotlight: The Packaging Association Recognizes Sustainable Innovation

The "PAC Green Den - Fast Track to Sustainable Innovation" competition, conducted at PACK EXPO International 2010, awarded the top prize to MicroGreen Polymers' InCycle method for reducing the cost of recycled plastics. The InCycle processing technique increases the efficiency of recycled PET by adding a gas that expands the length and width of solid polymer sheets, making it more lightweight,...

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas?

This season's winter holidays used to be the greenest things going: you decorated your home (or hut or castle or cottage) with holly, ivy and evergreen, burned a decorated log, lit a candle each night and perhaps feasted a bit on roast meats. With the arrival of the second half of the twentieth century, however, the "green element" fled the building: we now have gifts made of plastic from the Far...

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New EPA Web Portal Provides Summary of Regulatory Data, Statistics, and Trends

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new website called Reg Stat, which is intended to enhance public understanding of its regulatory process. Documenting all of the activity published by the EPA in the Federal Register between 2005-2009, the site offers summary statistics using data in the form of charts, tables, and brief summary overviews to inform the public about the...

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Health Food Company Reduces Packaging

Making healthy food is good but making healthy food that comes in packing that is healthy for the environment is even better. And that is what the Kashi Company is trying to do. The company is reducing several of its packages by as much as 12.4%. This reduction in packaging reflects the company's commitment to evaluating and improving the environmental and social aspects of their business....

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Can Video Games Create a More Sustainable World?

Let's face it, we love our video games. Whether it's the Xbox, PlayStation 3, Wii or mobile device, gaming is eating up more of our time - and electricity. And while the results from a recent study of game console efficiency is alarming, there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of video games being used to help solve some of the world's most pressing sustainability issues. The bad news...

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The Green Grid Introduces Data Center Sustainability Metrics

The Green Grid, an IT industry consortium for advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems, announced the creation of two new metrics that will help determine the effectiveness of carbon and water use in data center facilities in an effort to improve their sustainability. The first, called Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), is intended to help managers determine...

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Good Tidings and the Gift of Quiet

The staff of IMT wishes all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's been our pleasure bringing you the trends that are changing the way the world does business, and solutions to help keep up. As we continue the climb back from the downturn, we look forward to delivering the information you need to succeed in 2011. Until then... As 2010 winds down and the holidays render the...

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2010 Holiday Season by the Numbers

It's the most wonderful time of the year, not just for families, but businesses as well. Find out how much the holiday shopping season is expected to boost the economy, along with fun and surprising facts behind our favorite holidays. 91.7% Percentage of U.S. adults planning to celebrate at least one of the winter holidays — Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa — this year Source: National...

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DOE Builds Commercial Partnerships

The Department of Energy's Commercial Building Partnerships bring building owners and operators together with DOE representatives, national laboratory staff, and private sector technical experts to explore energy-saving ideas in retrofit and new construction projects. With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DOE has 24 projects that will receive access to researchers from...

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