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February 11, 2013
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  • Opinion: Change your approach to increase residential propane sales
    Propane marketers who wish to increase sales should consider tapping into the residential market and changing their business approach, writes industry consultant Tom Jaenicke. Marketers can begin by servicing, selling and installing propane burner tips in customers' homes, Jaenicke writes. Partnering with service contractors and promoting propane's benefits will also help build a residential customer base, he writes. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Outdoor fire pits grow in popularity in Calif.
    A growing number of residents in California are clamoring for outdoor fire pits and fireplaces as the "fire element" gives them more reason to go out and enjoy the evening in their backyards. "Almost everybody asks for it. Fire adds another element to the yard. It adds ambiance and the drama of the flames. It gives you another reason to go outside," said landscape designer Michael Glassman. Home Depot's Stacey Spillman said propane-fueled fire pits are among the major trends in this growing market. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher-ed institutions leading the way to sustainability
    Several hundred U.S. colleges and universities have said they want to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Large corporations and small businesses can learn from the schools' experience because they face the same sustainability challenges as the schools do, writes Georges Dyer. Dyer explains how Arizona State University overcame sustainability challenges through cultural transformation. Blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Shale gas is shifting U.S. energy landscape, GE CEO says
    The shale natural gas boom is transforming the U.S. energy landscape, said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric. During an event in Washington, D.C., Immelt also touted free trade and its potential economic benefits. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MIT researchers develop wastewater-treatment process for drilling
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a humidification-dehumidification process to treat water byproducts from the oil and natural gas industry. "If you compare this to a pure evaporation process, you are basically imputing the energy of the latent heat of water. Here is a process that operates like a multistage evaporation system, but in a single stage," said researcher Anurag Bajpayee. (free content) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • See PERC at the 2013 World Ag Expo
    The Propane Education & Research Council will exhibit new propane-fueled irrigation engines and offer producers financial incentives toward purchase of the equipment at the 2013 World Ag Expo Feb. 12 to 14 in Tulare, Calif. PERC will be in West Street Booths 20 to 22. Propane irrigation engines cost up to 14% less to purchase and operate than diesel models. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane-Fueled Bobtail Nears Production
    The Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G project is moving into commercialization and production. The propane autogas chassis will feature bobtail and Thomas Built C2 school bus bodies. Learn more at this month's Third Thursday webinar featuring CleanFuel USA. The one-hour webinar will run on Feb. 21 beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Visit here to register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to be a more virtuous leader
    Good leaders need to be virtuous -- and that means embracing prudence, temperance and courage, writes Deborah Mills-Scofield. In decision-making, strive to be disciplined, balanced and reflective rather than simply jumping at every opportunity that comes along, Mills-Scofield writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The young CEOs who are out to change the world
    A new generation of founder CEOs are shaking up the way we work, play and shop, and Fortune's editors have profiled 11 of the biggest trailblazers. The list includes former Apple designer Tony Fadell, who sells smart thermostats; Belcampo founder Anya Fernald, who is figuring out ways to scale up the sustainable-food movement; and Perry Chen, whose Kickstarter website helps other visionaries bootstrap their big ideas. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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