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Will a New Carbon Emissions Fee Choke the Shipping Industry?

When thinking about cutting carbon emissions, the usual suspects come to mind: trains, planes and automobiles. What about ships? Turns out a new proposal is on the table from Germany, France and the Worldwide Fund for Nature that proposes a carbon price for ships at around $25 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted. Is this the right way forward? Here's why this group wants to impose the fee, from...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Aluminum Can Recycling Hits a High

Americans are getting the message about recycling - in 2010, instead of tossing empty cans in the nearest ordinary trashcan,  almost 6 out of every 10 aluminum beverage cans were instead tossed into the nearest recycling bin. This amounts to nearly 56 billion cans entering the recycling stream. Considering that it takes 95 percent less energy to produce a can from recycled material, the amount...

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Purdue University Offers Sustainability Certificate Programs

In response to the increase in green manufacturing, Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana has available a Green Enterprise Development (GreenED) workforce training program. This program is intended for organizations interested in effectively and efficiently applying the latest environmentally friendly practices. The GreenED program offers Purdue University Certificates in: - Green Generalist...

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University of Tennessee hopes to win Solar Decathlon with "Living Light" house

Amy Howard is trying really hard to remember a time when she wasn't working on her current passion. As the Project Manager for the University of Tennessee's entry into the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition, which has been going on for years but finally will declare a winner later this month, Howard has eaten, slept and breathed the project for more than two years. She has...

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The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today

In The 2020 Workplace, authors Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd look to the future, outlining strategies for attracting, training and retaining the most talented employees in tomorrow's workplace. What companies need to know — and do — to win and hold on to tomorrow's best employees. The workplace of the future is being shaped today by Web 2.0 — a collection of breakthrough...

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Cashing in on Year-End Federal Spending

As the clock ticks down to the end of the federal fiscal year, businesses can still take advantage of last-minute opportunities, Government Product News senior editor Mike Keating writes. Congress' last-minute work on the budget will boost federal procurement as the end of the 2011 federal fiscal year approaches on Sept. 30, according to Lourdes Martin-Rosa, an advisor on government contracting...

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Escalating The Data Center To LEED Platinum

While General Electric may be taking some heat for its ability to dodge paying federal taxes and its deep love of locating jobs anywhere else in the world but on U.S. shores, the company would appear to have done at least one thing right this year: it has just announced that a new data center it has built has been granted LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum status, making...

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Product Spotlight: Universal Meter Platform Supports Multiple Smart Grid Systems

REXUniversal meter and radio platform, developed by Elster, features an advanced radio and communications processor that is capable of supporting the future IEEE 802.15.4g standard and IPv6 protocols. Integrating both metrology and communications on a single card that supports multiple vendor protocols, this device provides utilities with the flexibility to change or upgrade network systems...

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How We Squander On-the-Job Training

Employee training is a crucial part of keeping a business competitive, but new research indicates many companies are wasting the opportunity to benefit from this powerful tool. In addition to providing workers with professional development, training can also boost a business's competitiveness. However, many employers overlook key aspects that make a training program effective, leading to many...

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