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December 3, 2012
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  • Rain gardens, native landscaping replace lawns in Calif.
    Some homeowners in California's San Fernando Valley area are replacing their lawns with rain gardens and native landscapes. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power installs the rain gardens for free, and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency will plant native landscapes at 77 homes in the area. The idea is to curb the use of water for irrigation. The Wall Street Journal (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Take an "inside look" at the new Element V drives
General Transmissions, a world leader in lawn care and snow-removal transmissions, has launched a fresh new website with clean design, intuitive navigation and helpful content, including a video "inside look" at their new Element V drives. With the new site, GT makes it easier and more efficient for OEMs to find, evaluate and select transmissions for walk-behind mowers, lawn tractors and snow blowers. Visit our site now.
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  • Study: Weather changes make it hard for trees to endure drought
    A study published in Nature found 70% of 226 species of trees at 81 sites that represented all types of climates across the world absorb just enough water to survive, which means that in times of drought they could be very vulnerable. When drought-stressed, the trees absorb less carbon dioxide, burn more easily and can be attacked by insects. "The free subsidy from nature that forests provide in reducing climate change may be less secure than many think," says Simon Lewis, an ecologist at University College London. CNN (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. tree companies flooded with storm cleanup work
    Removal of downed trees from Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey is continuing and could last for a year, says Debbie Millard, an estimator for a local tree service company. Trees that fell onto houses usually take top priority, while those that fell but aren't in the way of anything are longer down on the list. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Low-growth U.S. economic picture becomes clearer
    Although the effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt in U.S. economic indicators, enough valid evidence is emerging to suggest that the U.S. rate of growth is slowing. New data due this week -- on consumer sentiment, auto sales and manufacturing -- should give a clearer picture, but economists expect nothing very encouraging. MarketWatch (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Housing is starting to look like a good investment
    The U.S. housing market is beginning to make its long-awaited recovery and a whole new generation of investors is looking for ways to make a profit from it, according to The Economist. "As a trade, buying houses is the polar opposite of what made hedge funds rich from 2007; it is a bullish bet which eschews complex financial products," the magazine notes. "It is also far less racy: a 7% yield is hardly the stuff of investment lore, even if greater profits may come." The Economist (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How the best leaders communicate
    Effective communicators tend to share certain traits, writes Susan Tardanico, CEO of The Authentic Leadership Alliance. These traits include distilling complex thoughts into simple terms, using language that is distinctly their own and communicating face-to-face instead of hiding behind electronic channels. Also, effective communicators remember that communication is a two-way street, Tardanico writes. "It's easy to be so focused on getting your message out -- or persuading others -- that you don't tune in to what you see and hear." Forbes (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Use strategy, not price, to close big deals
    The key to closing big deals without competing on price is to find a way to support your customers' strategic goals, according to an excerpt from the book "How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett." You can accomplish this by putting yourself in your customers' shoes and figuring out what sorts of fears and threats they are dealing with. Inc. online/Explosive Growth blog (free registration) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Outdoor Power Report: A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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