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Biofuels Plant Harbinger Of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as...

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing...

Cogenra Sets Three World Records For Solar Module Power

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cogenra Solar, a provider of high-performance solar technology, today announced three world...

The IoT Uplink: More Data Means More Security

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It's expected that data traffic will be more than 22 times heavier by 2020 thanks to the...

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"Made In Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" To Be Held Oct 21

October 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Made In Elk Grove Expo | News | Comments

Elk Grove Villlage will host the 2nd annual regional manufacturing expo on Oct 21. The "Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" champions the Chicagoland area as a "Midwest Supply Chain Solution."  Elk Grove Village, home of the largest industrial park in the U.S., invites manufacturers from throughout the Midwest to the Made in...

Americans Willing To Spend 31% More On Responsible Food

October 15, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced in ways that uphold the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued today by Gibbs-rbb Strategic...

Craft Brewers Take The Lead On Reducing Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 5:03 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013.  These findings, based on a study by John Heckman, Ph.D with PE International and commissioned...

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Toyota Unveils Its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project. He speaks with Hans Nichols at the Paris Motor Show on...

Nestle Animal Welfare Standards Reflect Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.” The food...

Panasonic, Coronal Group Acquire Solar Project

October 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. announced that it teamed up with Coronal Group LLC to acquire the 6 MW Balsam Lake Solar Project from Balsam Lake Green Energy. The project, based in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, is part of the Ontario...

Why Sustainability Makes Better Business Sense

October 6, 2014 2:30 pm | by Grant Thornton | News | Comments

The infographic is based on answers from 189 respondents collected in April and May 2014 from C-suite and senior leaders in food and beverage retail, manufacturing/supply, and wholesaler/distribution/brokerage sectors. Participants included... 

Volvo Plant to Cut CO2 Emissions More Than 40%

October 6, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mark De Mey, Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Two of the largest companies in the Nordic region, Volvo Car Group, the global car company, and Stora Enso, the global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant in Belgium by over 40 percent, underlining...

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U Maine Receives $700K For Particleboard Research, Plant

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maine are receiving $700,000 in grants to develop environmentally friendly particleboard panels. The money is from P3Nano, a public-private partnership started by the federal Endowment for Forestry and Communities...

Cool Planet Unveils Commercial-Scale Production Facility

October 6, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company that develops sustainable solutions for energy, food, and water, has unveiled its first commercial-scale production facility for its CoolTerra™ soil amendment. The new manufacturing facility is...

Hydroid Celebrates Opening Of Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Plant

October 6, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced today that it has officially opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and applied research facility in... 

BorgWarner Plant Receives LEED Certification

October 2, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BorgWarner's production facility and engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil, recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a first for an automotive supplier in Brazil. Developed by the U.S. Green Building...

New SunEdison Technology To Slash Cost Of Solar Power

October 1, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunEdison, Inc., a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that its most advanced polysilicon technology was now in production and on target to produce solar material at the...

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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 9:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. Senate Bill 270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline ...

Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Gillispie - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires. Akron-based Goodyear is embracing a technology that converts the ash that...

Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an...

EPA Presents First Sustainable Materials Management Award To Sprint

September 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yesterday, Sprint was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Champion Award for its leadership in collecting and responsibly managing electronics waste. Sprint was one of only... 

L.A. Looks To The Wind For Electricity

September 24, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging. An alliance of four companies say...

Most U.S. Companies Project Increased Efficiency In 2015

September 17, 2014 3:54 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results released by Schneider Electric today. This represents...

Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 16, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America announced today that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly...

United Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Fly New, Longer Dreamliner

September 15, 2014 3:51 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

The Dreamliner is growing up. A new, longer version of the plane powered by a pair of GEnx jet engines recently landed an FAA certification. In September, Boeing delivered the bigger jet to United Airlines, the first carrier to...  

Vermont's Largest City Runs Entirely On Renewable Sources

September 15, 2014 2:38 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With little fanfare, the...    

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

Hershey Wins Dow Jones Sustainability Award, North America Index

September 11, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hershey Company today announced that it has been selected to both the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Index. Hershey is one of only 13 companies from the Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Industry in the World Index and ranked in...

NFR BioEnergy Brings 450 Jobs To LA

September 9, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NFR BioEnergy is planning a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in South Louisiana — subject to completing lease and biomass agreements with sugar mills — resulting in 450 new jobs. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company's chief operating officer, said...

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