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New Breakthroughs Propel the Field of Green Chemistry

In late June, the American Chemical Society (ACS), a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, held its 16th annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which was sponsored by the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI), had a theme this year of Innovation, Jobs, Sustainability - The Role of Green Chemistry. A number of...

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Cutting through Red Tape in Government Procurement

Despite the many obstacles to contracting with the government, the second half of 2012 offers many lucrative government selling opportunities, GovPro.com's Mike Keating writes in this Expert's Corner. Do government purchasing departments drown prospective vendors and contractors in paperwork and procedures? I certainly believe there is too much red tape in selling to the government, which is...

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Can America Weather the Eurozone Crisis?

Europe is in the midst of a financial crisis. Many analysts are concerned that a Eurozone banking collapse could cripple the global economy, but some believe the impact on the U.S. will be minimal. The European Union established the euro in 1992, and a decade later the member states began using the currency. Members of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), or Eurozone, are required to meet...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Manufacturing Declines for First Time in 3 Years

Plus: Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged, Factory Orders Climb, U.S. Disputes Chinese Auto Tariffs and More Workers Suffer from Hearing Loss. U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks for First Time in 3 Years The United States manufacturing sector shrank in June, marking the first contraction since July 2009 and raising concerns about the stability of the ongoing economic recovery. According to the Institute...

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A Sustainable Packaging Framework for the Real World

You might think that sustainable packaging should be a no-brainer: Find ways to deliver products in containers that don't have to be incinerated or landfilled and don't end up clogging waterways or floating in the ocean in gigantic plastic islands. You could be forgiven for such an oversimplification. The problem of packaging is not small. As I wrote, packaging and containers make up 30.3 percent...

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Controversy Aside, Defining What Are Green Jobs in the U.S. [Infographic]

The nation's first-ever Green Goods and Services report has been in the spotlight of scrutiny, as critics question whether the Obama administration is classifying a broad range of employment as green jobs for political intentions ahead of the November presidential election. The controversy highlights a central question: What exactly are green jobs according to the federal government? In March,...

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Smog-Eating Roof Tiles Clean Up Surrounding Air

Green roofing systems already exist in the form of gardens and agriculture installations. One company, though, has introduced tile roofing that mitigates air pollution. Boral Roofing LLC, which provides sustainable clay and tile roofing solutions, provides a smog-eating roof technology that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog, and was confirmed by a one-year study....

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Green Building Materials Are a Bright Spot in the Construction Market

The Great Recession wasn't kind to the building and construction industry, be it residential, commercial or public. But there's one market sector that appears to have gone unscathed: materials for buildings of the green variety. This wasn't the case just a few years ago. The sustainable building material market experienced a bit of a slump at the beginning of the recession, but in 2010, it began...

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The Fourth of July: By the Numbers

On Wednesday, the United States celebrates its 236th birthday, commemorating the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and set the colonies on the march to freedom. Here we look at how Americans today celebrate the historic occasion through fun, fireworks, food and travel. Many things have changed since America's first birthday: the borders have...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform

Plus: Jobless Claims Fall, Durable Goods Demand Increases and Consumer Confidence Slips. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Overhaul The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul. The decision means the historic overhaul to insure another 32 million Americans will continue to go into effect over the next...

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