New technology could turn green roofs into power source
Plant-e, a Dutch startup, has created a new technology that generates electricity from the plant roots of green roofs. With further development, the system could generate up to 28 kilowatt hours per square meter annually. This would enable a green roof to power an average sized home, says Marjolein Helder of Plant-e. FastCoExist
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How to talk about hot-button topics at work -- don't
It can be hard to avoid workplace conversations about controversial topics, but managers have a duty to monitor and even discourage such discussion, writes Ingrid Fredeen. "[W]hile discussion is healthy and necessary, it can get heated and disrespectful quickly," Fredeen writes. Quartz
8 questions to ask about your operating model
More companies should consider overhauling and aligning their operating model, much as Ford did under CEO Alan Mulally, argue four Bain & Co. analysts. Firms that revamp their operating models to align company structure, governance and employee behavior in the service of strategic goals see stronger revenue growth than companies that stand pat. The analysts offer eight questions to ask before undertaking such change. Bain & Company
NRCA releases publication to provide information about LEED v4 provisions
NRCA has made available LEED v4: Roofing-related Provisions, which explains the roofing-related provisions of the most recognized sustainable building rating system-the LEED Rating System, Version 4 (LEED v4). The publication offers background information, descriptions of possible roofing-related credits and prerequisites for rating systems for the Building Design and Construction and Building Operations and Maintenance categories. It also includes a listing of typical LEED-related submittals and explains which roofing-related provisions have changed in LEED v4 versus previous LEED editions. The member price for the publication is $35, and the nonmember price is $65. See more information and purchase.
IRS offers tips for year-end gifts to charity
The Internal Revenue Service reminds individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity of several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years. Taxpayers should be aware of various changes. See more information.
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