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December 26, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Pizza herb helps poultry farmers go green
    America's poultry farmers are curbing their use of antibiotics and using oregano, the herb loved by pizza makers, to help their birds fight off bacterial diseases. Specially milled feed laced with oregano and cinnamon is believed to help chickens and other livestock to fight off noxious bugs, potentially resulting in a greener and healthier product for consumers. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Creating Accountability 
  • Report on NYC buildings' energy efficiency reveals surprises
    A report that tracks the energy use of New York City's largest buildings has been released. This article provides details about which buildings are achieving higher-than-expected energy efficiency, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, as well as those that fail to make the grade, such as the LEED Gold-certified 7 World Trade Center and the MetLife Building. "Some scores will not be flattering, but identifying buildings with the most opportunity to improve is a big part of driving energy savings," said Andrew Burr, a performance expert at the Institute for Market Transformation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • How the Prius became an American icon
    Toyota's Prius won second spot on Autoweek's ranking of the cars its readers are most interested in, which suggests the hybrid is now an automotive icon to rival Ford's Mustang or Chevy's Corvette, writes Pete Brissette. The Prius "is as much a badge of honor, an affirmation of lifestyle, or a 3,000-pound representation of ideologies, as it is a way to get from A to B," he adds. (12/26), AutoWeek (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • The year's top green leaders
    2012 was marked by the efforts of a cohort of true environmental heroes, writes Marc Gunther. His list of 2012's top green leaders includes activist Bill McKibben, Unilever CEO Paul Polman and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "They are all doing what they can to bend the arc of history," Gunther writes. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Experts: Renewable energy a divisive issue in 2012 election
    This year's presidential election showed that U.S. energy policy can be a polarizing issue, and the re-election of President Barack Obama was "a huge relief" for the renewable-energy industry, write Michael Bernier and Dorian Hunt of Ernst & Young in their year-end review of the U.S. renewable-energy market. While various renewable-energy projects gained government support this year, the industry faces uncertainty over the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, they note. Renewable Energy World (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Why leaders should start listening to fools
    Bosses shouldn't dismiss foolish people too readily, writes Henna Inam. Fools might not offer advice that's useful to bosses in the usual sense, but they might have less obvious talents or perspectives. "Every single person has contributions to make and value to add," Inam writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
[T]o paraphrase Martin Luther King, the long arc of history bends towards a more just and sustainable world."
--Marc Gunther, journalist, writing at
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