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Transportation Infrastructure May Be Hurting the U.S. Economy

The deteriorating quality of the U.S. transportation system may be hurting business activity and having a broader negative impact on the country's overall economy, highlighting the need to revitalize national infrastructure, according to new research. America's transportation infrastructure has experienced a significant five-year decline and has been unable to keep pace with the demands of...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Advancing the Smart Grid

GridWeek 2010, held from October 18-21, brought together stakeholders to review the state of affairs of the Smart Grid industry and discuss how to move it forward in an effective and efficient manner. A broad range of experts conducted sessions on the Smart Grid's impact on the economy, the electric utility infrastructure, consumers, and the environment. Among the activities was the presentation...

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Good Old German 'Ingenuity' or How to Stretch the Truth

The European Union has banned incandescent light bulbs just as we have here in the U.S. Bans in Europe began in 2009 with the 100 W bulbs and incandescent will be banned completely by 2011. (The U.S. phases out all incandescent by 2014.) Well, a German entrepreneur named Siegfried Rotthaeuser has found a loophole in the current ban by rebranding the light bulb as a "small heating device"....

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Recycle Rate for PET Containers Climbs to 28%

A renewed interest in recycling, driven by both the implementation of sustainability programs at many companies and by the public's concern about the environment, led to the creation of more container recycling collection opportunities, both residential and away-from-home, according to a report issued by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). A total of 1.444 billion...

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The Seven Wonders of Green Building Technology

"Best of" and "Top 10" lists should always be taken with a grain of salt: such rankings are almost always a matter of opinion. In the case of green building technology, however, it's interesting to see what others think makes a "great" building. While green buildings are no longer unusual, some are more noteworthy than others, often due to creative design elements that take advantage of natural...

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New Rules Proposed to Improve Truck Emissions and Fuel Efficiency

Heavy-duty trucks and buses in the U.S. will be required to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost fuel efficiency by 2018 under newly proposed national standards for work vehicles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse...

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Nissan Unveils Car of the Future

Nissan recently unveiled the details of a futuristic concept car, the Nissan iV, which is purported to be the company's future electric vehicle (EV) designed to produce zero emissions. The Nissan iV is a super-lightweight sports tourer which weighs less than 1000 lbs, can seat up to four passengers and is made from lightweight yet extremely strong materials. If this is what the future of...

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GE Invests Green in "Green"

With a $432 million investment, GE plans to create 500 jobs by establishing a U.S. Centers of Excellence for design and manufacture of refrigeration products. The greening of the company began in 2009 and will realize a total investment of $1 million and 1,300 jobs by the year 2014. The new Centers of Excellence will be located in Louisville, Ky.; Bloomington, Ind.; Decatur, Ala.; and Selmer,...

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Manufacturing Growth Accelerates in October

Following several months of lackluster growth, the manufacturing sector expanded at a faster rate in October, rising to a five-month high and boosting prospects for a stronger recovery. After experiencing a slackening pace of expansion in September and through most of the summer, manufacturing in the United States is beginning to strengthen its pace of recovery, posting accelerated growth in...

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First Solar to Build New U.S. Plant

First Solar, one of the largest manufacturers of thin film solar modules, has announced plans to build two new manufacturing facilities, one in the United States and the other in Vietnam; both are expected to be completed in 2012. The two new four-line manufacturing plants will increase the company's annual manufacturing capacity by nearly 500 MW to help meet strong demand for its advanced...

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