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UL Environment Acquires Air Quality Services, Inc.

UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), has expanded their portfolio with the addition of GREENGUARD certification programs through an agreement with Air Quality Services, Inc. (AQS). GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is the certifying body of AQS and is the market leaders in North America for product emissions testing and third-party indoor air quality certification....

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U.S. Industrial Production Dips in January

The nation's industrial production inched lower in January following a cutback in utility use, according to the Federal Reserve yesterday. Factory output climbed for a fifth consecutive month, though at a slower pace. Industrial production in the United States decreased 0.1 percent in January, following a 1.2 percent rise in December, according to the Federal Reserve this week. Utilities and...

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Greening the Bottom Line on Campus

A recent spate of news pinpoints serious sustainable efforts underway at the nation's colleges and universities. From wind and solar power to the development of ethanol-based fuels, higher education is taking the high road in order to impact tomorrow's sustainable future today. But how are Universities getting the funds they need to back sustainable projects? A new report called "Greening...

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Are Synthetic Turf Fields Beneficial?

Many schools and business are choosing synthetic turf materials for fields and landscapes but is this option a good one for the environment? The Synthetic Turf Council thinks so and has many arguments in their favor. Synthetic turf fields provide significant environmental impact. There are currently 6,000+ synthetic turf fields in use in the U.S. and they provide the following environmental...

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Machine Tech Consumption up in 2010

Consumption of U.S. manufacturing technology increased significantly from November to December, marking a strong end to the year. Overall sales for 2010 were also well-above the prior-year level. The total consumption value of machine tool and related equipment from United States manufacturers rose to $446.76 million in December, a 40.9 percent increase from November and 104.8 percent above the...

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Make It in America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy

In his new book Make It in America, Dow Chemical Company CEO Andrew Liveris presents a powerful argument for the role of manufacturing in the long-term success of the U.S. economy. We used to make things in this country. We were the dazzling innovators, the undisputed world economic leaders, and with our manufacturing engine driving the process, we built a solid, high-achieving middle class and a...

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Q&A: Lynn Bellenger on 21st Century Engineers

In this Expert's Corner, Lynn Bellenger, chair of National Engineers Week 2011, discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by 21st-century engineers. In recognition of National Engineers Week 2011, which begins on Sunday, IMT recently picked the brain of Lynn G. Bellenger, 2010-2011 president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and chair...

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Is a Career as a Sales Engineer Right for You?

Sales engineers are a vital link between a company's products or services and the clientele who use them. But what type of person is best suited for the job, especially in today's competitive marketplace? Spend a few minutes viewing "sales engineer" job postings online and you'll find that companies are seeking employees who are multi-talented and well-versed in a number of tech solutions. Today,...

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2010 Architectural Triumphs and Head-Scratchers

Last year saw the completion of a number of impressive and bizarre buildings all over the world. Here are some of the most intriguing projects, including a few that are still in the works. Seed Cathedral — Shanghai, China The UK Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, featured an original structure that served as a low-tech counterpoint to many of the high-tech Asian installations: Seed...

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From Ruin Toward Recovery: Haiti One Year Later

It's been a little over a year since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands and devastating much of the nation's infrastructure. Here we look at the progress of rebuilding efforts. Earthquakes killed about 227,000 people in 2010, yet most of those fatalities were produced by one — the major quake that hit Haiti in mid-January. According to official estimates,...

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