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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Global Exports to Continue Rising in 2011

Plus: Industrial Laser Sales Rose in 2010, Jobless Claims Continue to Drop and Supplier Sustainability Efforts Rated. Global Trade Growth to Slow in 2011 Following a 14.5 percent surge in exports last year, global trade growth is expected to moderate to 6.5 percent in 2011, signaling a slowdown in the pace of recovery from the worldwide economic downturn, according to the World Trade Organization...

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Survey Says: Majority of Americans are Ready to Move to CFLs and LEDs

A recent survey conducted by EcoAlign, a strategic marketing agency in the energy sector, revealed that over the past year two-thirds of American consumers have installed a CFL bulb in their homes, and 27 percent have installed an LED light fixture for general lighting purposes. Overall, consumers are receptive to and satisfied with these more energy efficient lighting options. When asked to rate...

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Light Friday: Embarrassing Moments at Work

Plus: World's Wealthiest Fictional Characters and Blurred Lines Between Science and Fiction. Forbes' Fake Wealthiest $9.86 billion. That's the average net worth of the members of Forbes' 2011 list of wealthiest fictional characters, which is up 20 percent from last year. In aggregate, the Fictional 15 are worth $131.55 billion — "more than the gross domestic product of New Zealand," Forbes'...

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How Teleworking Can Help the Bottom Line

If you work in an office and commute every day, I bet you would have loved to have participated in National Telework Week, which took place in February. The Telework Exchange released the results of National Telework Week and the impact it has the environment. What is the Telework ExchangeSM ?   It is a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework and...

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Sustainability Spotlight: EPA Launches Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program

The U.S. EPA has selected 32 communities, from a pool of 354 applicants, as the initial participants in the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program. This program aims to provide quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using a variety of results-oriented tools that have widespread application. It is hoped that this technical assistance will help these communities implement...

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The Economic Costs of Japan's Disaster

Although there has yet to be a comprehensive assessment of the full financial damage caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the World Bank offers its initial estimates on the long-term costs of the disaster. The suffering and loss of life caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan are immeasurable, but major institutions are starting to evaluate the economic cost...

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Food and Beverage Industry Slashes Packaging Waste

Food and beverage manufacturers have cut packaging waste by 1.5 billion lbs. since 2005 and expect to eliminate another 2.5 billion lbs. from the supply chain by 2020, according to a new report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers anticipate that they will eliminate 4 billion lbs. of packaging waste nationwide from 2005 to 2020, according...

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Made in America for a Cleaner America: ECO ULTRA® Green Motor Oil

Universal Lubricants, America's only true closed loop oil recycling company, is leading the charge in the green motor oil campaign. Produced in their Wichita, Kansas, re-refinery, ECO ULTRA® is an American Petroleum Institute (API) certified motor oil that has one of the highest percentages of recycled oil content and meets Society of Automotive Engineers requirements and current vehicle...

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As the Light Bulb Burns: The Continuing Drama of Fluorescent Passion and Incandescent Rage

When the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 became law in December of that year, few people probably imagined the drama and hysteria it would spawn. The bill did a lot of things. It raised auto fuel economy standards. It established national standards for generating electricity from renewable energy sources, and it set new standards for energy-efficient appliances and energy use...

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Top Brands Take Sustainable Steps to Boost Customer Retention

In today's fiercely competitive business environment, every customer interaction and transaction is an important one. This holds particularly true within the consumer goods space where online shopping tools, social media and mobile applications empower, inform and influence consumers' buying decisions. So how do today's top branded manufacturers react when sustainability enters the mix? Let's...

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