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The Green Stamp of Approval - What Does it All Mean?

World Resources Institute (WRI) and Big Room Inc. have launched the Ecolabel Index, an online database of information about eco-based labeling programs. Armed with this information, both companies and consumers can compare claims between different environmental certifications for food and consumer products. According to the site, WRI and Big Room Inc. invited more than 340 ecolabels in 42...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: SMB Exporters Remain Positive

Plus: Industrial Production Edges Up, Trade Deficit Expands and Jobless Claims Drop. Trade Gap Widens The United States trade deficit expanded to $42.3 billion in May, a 4.8 percent increase over the revised $40.3 billion total reported for March and the highest deficit level in 18 months, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday. May exports reached $152.3 billion, while imports...

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Solar Panel Manufacturing Expected to Create 3,500 Jobs in Indiana and Colorado

President Obama announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee of $400 million to Abound Solar Manufacturing, LLC to manufacture photovoltaic panels using a process in which thin films of Cadmium-Telluride are deposited onto the glass panels. The technology is expected to improve film quality, device efficiency and stability, and product yield over existing manufacturing...

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Light Friday: Did Scientists Crack Chicken-Egg Mystery?

Plus: An Invisible Computer Mouse, Military's Sneaky Abbreviating and a Flying Car Cleared for Takeoff! Confirmed(ish): Chicken Came Before Egg British scientists this week claimed to have cracked the riddle/mystery that has plagued scientists and philosophers for centuries: the chicken came before the egg. Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick in the United Kingdom...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Virginia Tech Wins Solar Decathlon Europe

College teams from around the world met in Madrid to present their solar-powered houses in the first biennial Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. The competition was between seventeen solar houses from seven different countries on three continents. All teams presented houses that they had designed and built. As...

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Tech Advances Improving Transportation Efficiency

For companies trying to gain a competitive edge, taking advantage of recent technological advances in transportation and infrastructure can reduce costs and improve the efficiency of delivering products and supplies. Transportation remains one of the highest costs of doing business across the industrial sector. In particular, unnecessary energy consumption due to inefficient routes or business...

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Is This the Next Trend in Product Labeling?

Supermarket shopping just ain't what it used to be. Once, bread was bread, eggs were eggs, and milk was milk. Now, the choices overwhelm us and, really, can there be that much of a difference? Some product labeling can clear up some of the confusion and some can just lead to more questions.  Organic? Prove it! Whole grains? Back that up with facts! So, ready for another label? Made from...

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Machine Tech Consumption Declines Again in May

Monthly consumption of U.S manufacturing technology dropped in May, though the total number of orders for machine tools and related equipment was up significantly from the same time last year. The total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption dropped to $178.34 million in May, down 22 percent from $222.36 million in April, according to the latest U.S....

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Hewlett Packard Releases Three Green Patents to the Public

Eco-Patent Commons is a program managed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development that promotes the sharing of environmental patents which can help others become more eco-efficient and operate in a more environmentally sustainable manner. The patents pledged should provide environmental benefits, such as energy conservation or efficiency, pollution prevention, use of...

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Empire State Building Turns Green

Think some buildings are too old to go green? Think again. USA Today recently ran a story about New York City's Empire State Building going green. Even though the iconic structure was built in the 1930's, it's in the midst of retrofitting and replacing each of its 6,514 double-hung, dual-pane windows. Still the tallest building in New York, Empire State Building is spending $13 million on...

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