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EPA trying to green America's capital cities, five at a time

It's one of the most significant pieces of living history from the American civil rights movement. Stretching from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery, the National Historic Trail was the site of the 1965 Voting Rights March, when thousands of people walked over the Edmund Pettus Bridge and demanded freedom and equality for all. Robert Smith, the Director of Planning for the City of Montgomery, and his...

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Industrial Production up in August

Following several months of steady growth, U.S. industrial production continues to increase despite some worrisome regional indicators and a slowdown in the broader economy. Industrial production in the United States increased 0.2 percent in August, following a 0.9 percent rise in July, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. This marked the fourth consecutive month of growth in industrial output,...

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Pre-Fab Green Gets a Jump Start from GE Ecomagination

As part of its Ecomagination Challenge, GE Energy Financial Services has invested $22 million in Project Frog, a San Francisco based company in the business of selling pre-fabricated, energy efficient commercial building kits. Targeted for retail spaces, healthcare, schools, and government buildings, Project Frog's technology combines semi-custom designs with a pre-engineered kit of energy...

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Machine Tech Orders Rise in July

U.S. manufacturing technology orders increased 7.3 percent from June through July and were up 92.7 percent from the year-ago level, according to the latest data. The total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption rose to $506.97 million in July, up 7.3 percent from June, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report,...

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The Rise of the First Smart Cities

"Our cities are fast transforming into artificial ecosystems of interconnected, interdependent intelligent digital organisms." William J. Mitchell, MetropolisMag. Depending on what sort of personality you are, you might be either thinking, "That's wonderful!" or "Let's buy a cabin in the mountains and lots of canned food." The concept of "smart cities" must conjure up mental images of in all of...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Top Cities for Recent College Grads

Plus: Jobless Claims Increase and Label Shipments to Grow. Top U.S. Cities for Recent College Grads As summer draws to a close, many recent college graduates are facing the same challenges as the rest of the country: looking for jobs in an environment of high unemployment. As more people look for work among fewer available positions, job-seeking 2011 grads may choose to expand their search by...

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So, Does Energy Efficiency Really Do Any Good? What's Up With That?

Energy conservation and efficiency are supposed to be a cornerstone of the grand environmental program, yet I've been hearing lately that using energy more efficiently can actually result in greater consumption. The argument is that energy efficiency measures can result in a "rebound effect" -- that any savings experienced through increased efficiency get eaten up by increased consumption. In...

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Product Spotlight: ECO R Batteries

GS Battery (USA) Inc., the American subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corporation of Japan, announces the introduction of its ECO R line of advanced storage batteries targeting the renewable energy market. The new line maximizes efficiency and addresses the intermittency and variability for power with wind and photovoltaic applications. The ECO R line of advanced lead acid batteries is made up of four...

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Light Friday: Mondays Can Be Miserable

Plus: Unveiling a Mini-Hotel for Air Travelers and Discovering a New Earth-like Planet. Mini-Hotel for Weary Air Travelers For all the road warriors out there, Russian architecture and design firm Arch Group has designed a miniature hotel intended for use in airports, railroad stations and even expo centers. The Sleepbox pod is 7 feet deep and 9 feet tall, and has all the amenities needed to...

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And the Greenest Country On Earth Is... Um, Wait A Second...

Finding the greenest country on earth isn't as easy as you might think. And we're not talking about which country looks the greenest from 30,000 feet. That would be Ireland. Since my funding request to ThomasNet for an all-expense paid round the world trip to determine once and for all the greenest country on earth seems to have gotten held up somewhere in the bureaucracy, we had to look at...

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