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February 13, 2013
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  Regulatory Update 
  • EPA releases draft of action plan for climate change
    The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft proposal of its plans for adapting to climate change. The proposal will be open for public review and comment for 60 days. "Adaptation will involve anticipating and planning for changes in climate and incorporating considerations of climate change into many of the agency's programs, policies, rules and operations," the EPA said Thursday. Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solar-panel makers face concerns over toxic-waste disposal
    Solar-panel manufacturers produce a green energy source, but they also generate tons of toxic waste, which increases the product's carbon footprint and goes largely unreported, according to an Associated Press analysis. California requires plants to report the amount of hazardous waste produced, but only 17 of 41 solar manufacturers based there reported waste to the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, the analysis found. From 2007 to mid-2011, those companies' manufacturing operations resulted in 46.5 million pounds of contaminated water and sludge. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah leaders insist they're tackling pollution concerns
    Citizen protests have occurred at the Utah Capitol as advocates try to compel politicians to act on air pollution concerns. "As I've said and I'll say again, even one day that exceeds the PM2.5 [particulate pollution] standard is one too many," said Gov. Gary Herbert. "The dirty air is not an acceptable condition that we need to embrace and say, 'It's the way it's going to be.' " The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  • Higher ed leads the way to sustainability
    Several hundred U.S. colleges and universities have said they want to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Corporations and business can learn from universities' experiences because they face the same challenges and goals, writes Georges Dyer, who details how Arizona State University overcame sustainability challenges through cultural transformation. Blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Focus 
  • Every C.V. must answer this question
    Your resume needs to showcase the things that make you great, not the menial tasks you performed at your last job, Shannon Smedstad writes. "Why are you better than the 100 other people who've applied for the same job opportunity? That's the information you need to include on your resume," she writes. Blogging4Jobs (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • True professionals avoid these phrases
    Phrases like "don't you think," "but" and "truthfully" dilute your message, so cut them out of your vocabulary, writes Deborah Jacobs, CEO of Highland Consulting Group writes. "[S]ay what you mean directly. It will improve your credibility and authenticity," she writes. Forbes (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  A&WMA News 
  • Guidelines on Air Quality Models: The Path Forward -- March 19 to 21, Raleigh, N.C.
    This conference provides a technical forum for environmental professionals to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Guideline on Air Quality Models, the guideline that is required for use in the preparation of state implementation plans, federal construction permits, and state permits. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Several excuses are always less convincing than one."
--Aldous Huxley,
British author

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