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GE, Google Infuse Solar Industry with Serious Green

The Achillies heel for the solar industry has always been the high cost to manufacture solar panels. All of that is about to change in a major way with the likes of Google and GE set to invest hundreds of millions into new solar ventures. The timing couldn't be better as more pro-sustainable legislation passes at the state level. California governor Jerry Brown said he plans to sign legislation...

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The Federal Government is Looking for "America's Next Top Energy Innovator"

Unfortunately there isn't an exotic locale or a record contract or even a chance to get on TV, but, the Government is trying to spur creativity and build successful businesses with their new "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge being issued as part of the Startup America Initiative. The challenge will give start-up companies the opportunity to license groundbreaking technologies...

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When Clean Energy Causes Earthquakes

There's a bit of a conundrum when it comes to geothermal energy. While traditional geothermal energy electricity generation facilities are often located near places where all the needed elements - high temperature, ground water and permeable rock - occur naturally, there is currently a drive to take geothermal to places where one or more of those elements are missing. Let's say you've got a spot...

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Who's the World's Clean Energy Leader?

As non-renewable energy prices rise, the pursuit of clean energy sources is more important than ever. How does the U.S. stack up against other major energy innovators? For years, the United States has worked to reduce its reliance on foreign oil, develop renewable energy resources and find ways to minimize the negative environmental effects stemming from energy generation and consumption. But the...

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Emerging Green Building Trends

Once considered something of a luxury, sustainable features have become a value-adding aspect to building, as highlighted in Earth Advantage Institute's top 10 green building trends for 2011. Sustainable techniques and features, once considered something of a luxury, have become a value-adding aspect to building. As the market for more energy-efficient homes grows, Earth Advantage Institute has...

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3 Simple Ways to Green Your Office

Going green in the workplace can help reduce waste, cut costs and boost employee health and productivity. A few simple tasks can go a long way toward achieving these benefits. Nearly 70 percent of U.S. workplaces have "green" programs in place today, up from 53 percent last year, according to a new survey by Buck Consultants, a Xerox company. The benefits of an eco-efficient workplace are...

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The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment, and the Bottom Line

In The Green Workplace, author, LEED professional and architectural firm CEO Leigh Stringer argues that sustainability will be a necessary factor for companies to remain competitive in the 21st century and explains how to take a hands-on approach to being green. As 21st-century companies realize they'll need to be green to compete, sustainable ideas are spreading like wildfire throughout all...

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Making the U.S. Earthquake Resilient

In light of the devastation in Japan last month, a new National Research Council report advocates a 20-year program to build earthquake "resilience" in the U.S. April 18 marks the 105th anniversary of the tragic 1906 San Francisco earthquake, estimated at magnitude 7.9 and one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. While the United States has been subject to earthquakes since then, it...

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Bottom-Line Benefits of Sustainability

Companies across the world are increasing their sustainability efforts, with key stakeholders paying more attention to business's environmental impact. Yet implementing sustainable practices can also improve a firm's efficiency, profitability and reputation. Here we look at the various ways companies are reaping the rewards of sustainability. A mounting body of research indicates that more...

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6 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Workspace

Too much clutter can hinder productivity (or worse). Here are six basic tips to clean your workspace, keep it organized and get things done. A cleaner, more organized workspace allows you to have easy access to everything you need to get the job done, whether it's your task scheduler, calculator or files. If a client calls seeking information, you'll be able to find it much quicker than if your...

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