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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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The Sexiest Environmentalists and the Ugliest Truths

Recently Rodale compiled a list of The 50 Sexiest Environmentalists. Evidently writers for Green & Clean were ineligible for consideration. Nevertheless, we did our journalistic duty and carefully perused the slides. The list certainly rewards study. It runs from #50 Salma Hayek -- entrants were evidently rated more on their environmentalism than sexiness -- to #1 Gretchen Bleiler, a pro...

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Green Biz Trends for Earth Month [Infographic]

During the final days of Earth Month, businesses of all sizes reported sustainability efforts ranging from long-term strategies to everyday solutions. Here's how companies are practicing green. Small Business Eco-Efforts In 2012, more small businesses are striving to go green. The specifics can be found in Office Depot's Small Business Index, which indicates that 61 percent of 1,002 small and...

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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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American Job Shops Report Strong Outlook

Machine shops and other U.S. parts manufacturers have been performing well in recent months and are optimistic about the future, despite a looming shortage of skilled workers, according to a new report. United States job shops -- including machine shops, plastic molders, metal stampers, die makers and other parts manufacturers -- have experienced steady growth in business activity and remain...

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Net Zero Certified: Two Buildings That Make More Energy Than They Use

We green building enthusiasts get excited about the vision of the net zero energy building -- a structure that is energy-self-sufficient, using design and technology to harvest what it needs without any assistance from fossil fuels or the electrical grid. I've heard of projects that claim to be net zero energy, but without having access to their data and design details, how can you judge such...

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