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NBC’s Green Week is Here

Having just watched Morgan Spurlock’s “Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” I’ve begun noticing product placement more. But it got me wondering

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Nature Valley Creates Campaign To Market U.S. National Parks

In a time when many Americans have less to spend on expensive vacations, a trip to a national park is a cheaper but still enjoyable alternative. In order to market the national parks, Nature Valley, a General Mills brand, created Trail View, a campaign to bring awareness to national parks by taking teams to the … Continued

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Bank of America – Now with “Fee” Checking!

Bank of America is the first of a number of banks looking to unveil a monthly debit card fee upon its’ customers. This announcement has received a large amount of public backlash and media attention. At a point in time in which consumer debt is decreasing as people utilize debit cards for payment, the banks are looking to impose fee constraints on that behavior. Why? Aren’t smart financial decisions by our people a good thing?

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Vertical Folding Containers Reduce Wasted Ship Space

Staxxon, a development-stage start-up based in Montclair, NJ, has developed a vertical folding container. The Staxxon system allows a standard 20-foot container to fold flat into a mere wisp of its usual footprint. It folds into itself much like those white cardboard packing boxes used for storage and on moving day.

Food vs Biofuels with Limited Land

Hawai’i’s agricultural system makes an interesting case study in the debate of food versus fuel in agricultural lands. Hawai’i has a tropical climate suited for growing in all seasons, and multiple crops in one year can be rotated in and out of arable land. The challenge, and it’s sort of a microcosm of what’s happening … Continued

Aging Farmers

If someone were to ask you how old the average farmer in the United States was, what would your guess be? Up until a few years ago, the number of small farms in America had been dropping every year, as large scale operations bought out, outcompeted, or just took over small family farms that were … Continued

California Finalized Details of Its Cap-and-Trade Program

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) finalized the rules for the golden state’s cap-and-trade program last week. The cap-and-trade program is part of California’s climate change law (AB 32) which mandates greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. The program covers 360 businesses representing 600 facilities, and will be implemented in … Continued

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E-Waste – Reducing Its Impact through Innovation

According to the U.S. EPA, Americans generate approximately 2.5 million tons of e-waste each year and only 25 percent of that is recycled. That’s a problem considering select electronics contain environmentally sensitive materials that can pose health risks if not disposed of properly.

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The Role of Philanthropy in Recruitment: Working for a Corporation with a Heart

At the core, a prospective candidate wants a combination of priorities to be fulfilled at work: Constant learning, leadership opportunities, fair compensation, and schedule flexibility (especially for those with children). Generosity? That’s not so much a top tier, or even a second tier, criteria.

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Google Earth’s New Geothermal Map Reveals New Opportunities

The U.S. is a global leader in installed geothermal capacity, but so far almost all of the activity has been confined to a few western states, primarily California and Nevada with Utah running a distant third. Now a new geothermal study viewable on Google Earth reveals that some of the hottest regions for future geothermal … Continued

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Nest Learning Thermostat: Shiny Toy or Serious Tool?

Check out our update on the Nest HERE. It looks a bit like a hockey puck, but it’s designed to keep your home warm in the winter, while cooling it in the summer. But while it is indeed slick, it’s a lot smarter than a hockey puck; so smart, in fact that it can learn. … Continued

Child Labor on U.S. Farms Widespread, Says New Film

While the UN estimates there are approximately 250 million child laborers worldwide, some might be alarmed to know that 400,000 of those children are working on U.S. farms. Filmmaker U. Roberto Romano was even surprised himself.