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Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Pace in Nearly a Year

U.S. manufacturing grew at an accelerated pace in April, expanding at the fastest rate in 10 months due to an upswing in new orders and production. Business activity in the United States manufacturing industry experienced solid growth in April, with the rate of expansion increasing to its fastest pace since June 2011, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reports. Strong gains in orders for...

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The Buzz on Eco-Friendly Alcohol Production

Alcohol manufacturers love to tell consumers to drink responsibly. However, the production of alcohol has a huge environmental impact. But recent news suggests they are manufacturing more responsibly, as sustainability is becoming much more ingrained in their product and marketing mix. Triple Pundit has an interesting story about the production of tequila -- how it's an incredibly messy process...

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Department of Education Awards Green Schools

As we all know, school is a competitive place. So it's not surprising that when the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced in March 2011 it was looking to honor green schools, there was a huge level of interest -- and competition -- in the academic halls of America. More than 350 schools, ranging from elementary schools to high schools, applied in hopes of becoming the inaugural winners of...

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Worth a Look: Which Nations Have the Most Economic Freedom?

Plus: Design Simplicity, Eating Lunch at Your Desk, Wal-Mart's Expanded Supplier Scorecard, Neutrinos and Earth's Origin, Spotting a Liar and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT's weekly Wednesday feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar - all...

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Which Is Greener?

When people begin to examine how green their lifestyles are, there's always a moment of weighing the ecological statistics for each choice. Sometimes they are obvious -- being a vegetarian over a meat eater, for instance. In other cases, they're not so obvious. Are cloth diapers really better than disposable diapers once you factor in the sky-high amount of energy and water used to produce the...

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High-Sustainability Companies Perform Better Over Long Run

You might think a sustainability program requires a great deal of effort: measure your environmental impact, buy renewable energy, conserve water, plant a lot of trees on your campus, etc. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.'s world headquarters. Credit: Jeff Powers, CC BY-ND 2.0.) But according to researchers in a Harvard Business School working paper, the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term pain....

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6 Tips to Recognize (and Motivate) Employees

Many firms are unable to financially reward their top talent right now, making it important for managers to leverage non-monetary means like employee recognition to motivate their workforce. Most employees today want their managers to realize that they're working hard and making a difference. That makes it vital for business leaders to understand they should be placing much greater emphasis on...

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The Damage Done in Transportation -- Which Energy Source Will Lead to the Greenest Highways?

According to automotive industry publisher WardsAuto, the world population of automobiles surpassed one billion for the first time in 2010. All those cars -- not even including all trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, ships and so on -- add up to a lot of energy consumption for transportation. According to the data shown in this pie chart (based on U.S. Energy Information Administration data, EIA),...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Global Skills Gap Leaves 10 Million Manufacturing Jobs Vacant

Plus: U.S. Economic Growth Slows, Durable Goods Orders on the Decline and Jobless Claims Fall at Modest Pace. U.S. Economic Growth Slows in Q1 United States gross domestic product (GDP), the value of all goods and services, grew at a 2.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2012, easing from the 3 percent pace registered in the prior three months, according to the U.S. Department of...

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Light Friday: Richest Fictional Characters in 2012

Plus: Space Travel on Earth, Tiny Organisms Seen through a Microscope and MORE. Shuttle Enterprise Arrives at New Home Earlier this morning, hundreds of onlookers armed with cameras gathered on rooftops and piers to catch a glimpse of NASA's space shuttle Enterprise, which was airlifted on the back of a 747, as it made its way to its new home. After years at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington,...

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