Business & Industry

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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Top Public Policy Issues for Occupational Safety in 2011-2012

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has announced the top public policy issues that will be of concern for the occupational and environmental health and safety profession over the next two years. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released its list of the top public policy issues that will be of concern to AIHA members and the occupational and environmental health and...

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Macy's Offer Customers a Cool Way to Shop

Macy's Department Stores is joining the LED revolution by replacing Hot Halogen Spotlights and incandescent bulbs with lighting from MSi Solid State Lighting fixtures. Macy's will be the first department store to implement the use of LED accent lighting on a wide scale. Eighty-six stores are being retrofitted with new lighting. The LEDs will be replacing about 117,000 traditional incandescent...

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Sustainability Spotlight: ecobee Wins 2011 AHR Expo® Innovation Award

ecobee, maker of the WiFi enabled Smart Thermostat, Energy Management System and Remote Sensor Boards, is the winner of the AHR Expo® Innovation Award.  Their commercial Energy Management System won in the Building Automation category and ecobee's residential application, the Smart Thermostat, received an honorable mention in the Green Building category. The ecobee Energy Management System...

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Brewers Hop On CO2 Reduction Bandwagon

Recent news indicates that a rising number of beer brewers are hopping on the CO2 reduction bandwagon. Why? For some, it's a chance to appear as good, responsible stewards of the environment. For others, it comes down to meeting new industry targets. While these latest efforts are a step in the right direction, is it enough? Let's take a look. First up is news about the big brands of the brewing...

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Distribution Growth Opportunities for 2011

With new technology adding to the interconnectivity of the global supply chain, distribution networks are growing more complex and expensive to manage. Harnessing opportunities for supply chain improvements against these added costs will be the key to distribution growth in the new year. As supply chain tracking systems and logistics networks become more sophisticated and better able to support...

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