Manufacturing Sustainability: Green Manufacturing News


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Energy Focus, Inc. Receives $600,000 Award to Develop Innovative LED Lighting for NASA

posted April 22, 2011
Energy Focus, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFOI), a leader in providing energy efficient lighting solutions, today announced that its research and development team recently received notification that it will receive a $600,000 Phase 2 Small Business Technology Transfer ("STTR") program grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ("NASA") upon successful negotiation of a Phase 2 contract. The title of the grant is "Innovative Solid State Lighting Replacements for Industrial and Test Facility Locations."Read more

Businesses who Reduce Energy Receive Lucrative First Energy Rebates

posted April 22, 2011
Distribution Center reduces lighting energy costs by 60% for $80,000 in annual savingsFirst Energy just introduced an extremely lucrative lighting rebate incentive, available to businesses in Northeast Ohio who perform a lighting retrofit project, converting their light fixtures to energy efficient lamps and ballasts.Read more

Westinghouse Solar Announces Innovative New Flat Roof Solar Power System

posted April 22, 2011
Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:WESTD), a designer and manufacturer of solar power
systems, today announced the release of a new lightweight,
non-penetrating flat roof solar power system designed especially for
commercial rooftop projects.
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Replenish Bottling and Nypro Packaging Announces Joint Venture

posted April 22, 2011
Four companies with vast experience in sustainable consumer products are enabling a manufacturing capability for a new "Reusable Dispensing System" designed to power new concentrated product formulas and revolutionize the way consumers products are produced, distributed and consumed. Applications include multi-surface cleaners, window cleaners, carpet and furniture cleaners, air deodorizers, consumer beverages, personal care products, nutritional supplements, lawn and garden care, and virtually any other consumer product that consists largely of water.Read more

Honeywell and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Reduce Campus Costs and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

posted April 22, 2011
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced it has completed the company's first energy-efficient building upgrades at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), which will save the school an estimated $620,000 in annual energy costs. The work is part of a multi-phase, $21.7-million energy conservation and infrastructure renewal program that will improve comfort and efficiency in university facilities while cutting utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Woodbridge and University High Schools to be powered by fuel cells

posted April 22, 2011
Following a 12-unit deal with the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), Woodbridge and University High Schools in Irvine, Calif., will be the first high schools in the country to use ClearEdge Power combined heat and power stationary fuel cells. Each school will utilize six ClearEdge5 fuel cell units to power and heat their swimming pools, as well as to supplement the school’s standard power needs. These measures to improve energy efficiency and increase sustainability within the Irvine Unified School District will save each school almost $18,000 each year in operating expenses and will reduce each school’s CO2 emissions by 37 percent.Read more

Senior and Disabled Adult HUD Facility Going Green

posted April 22, 2011
Cambrian Center, a senior and disabled adult HUD housing facility, broke ground today on a $1.2 million dollar clean energy and building efficiency retrofit engineered by San Jose-based Salas O’Brien Engineers, Inc. The funds were appropriated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, to improve the energy efficiency of federally funded facilities, help stimulate the economy by creating new jobs and saving existing ones, while investing in long-term economic growth. The initiative is part of a program to help federal buildings become more energy efficient, thus reducing operating costs and saving taxpayer’s money.Read more

ClearEdge Power announces results of ClearEdge5 fuel cell test deployment at wind farm

posted April 22, 2011
ClearEdge Power, Inc., a manufacturer of high-efficiency fuel cells, announced today results from the successful test deployment of a ClearEdge5TM fuel cell at a wind farm in California.Read more

ClearEdge Power First of Its Kind to Receive Korean Gas Safety Certification

posted April 22, 2011
ClearEdge Power has become the first fuel cell maker in history to be awarded the Korean Gas Safety Corporation’s (KGS) internationally recognized safety certification for its 5-kilowatt high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Achieving this certification is mandatory to market fuel cells in Korea, and KGS officials say their certification is recognized throughout Asia, including China, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Russia, and parts of Europe. The certification follows a $40 million distribution agreement with LS Industrial Systems, a $1.5 billion (USD) Korea-based company focused on electric power generation, distribution and automation worldwide.Read more

Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Innovative New Energy Program to Reduce Carbon Emissions

posted April 22, 2011
As part of NBCUniversal’s continued efforts to employ the latest in alternative energy, an innovative onsite fuel cell energy system has been installed at Universal Studios Hollywood(SM), enabling the theme park to cut CO2 emissions from its enormous food production operations by 40% compared to traditional forms of power generation, an environmental impact equivalent to the planting of almost four acres of trees.Read more

Precision-Paragon Announces QPD and QAL high-bay LEDs

posted April 22, 2011
Precision-Paragon [P2], a national leading lighting manufacturer, announced today that it is unveiling two newly designed, ultra-efficient, high-bay LED based fixtures for commercial and industrial applications.

The QPD parking deck luminaire and the QAL cooler application high-bay, are available immediately.

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NSF International Expands Compostability Testing to Verify Biodegradable Product Claims

posted April 22, 2011

NSF International, an independent organization committed to protecting public health and the environment, has expanded its biodegradable/compostable testing services for plastic products and resins. Verifying a product’s compliance with biodegradability standards is becoming increasingly important as more companies strive to improve their environmental performance.
Concerns associated with the waste stream resulting from plastic packaging, cutlery, cups, and the like have led to an increase in the number of products made from biodegradable or compostable plastic -- products which can carry the claim “compostable.”
Companies seeking to verify their compostability claims can rely on NSF International to substantiate biodegradation, disintegration and eco-toxicity of their products. NSF International is accredited by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) to test and verify a product’s compostability against American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) methods. All biodegradable product testing is conducted in NSF International’s in-house compostability lab, which is ISO 17025 accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for ASTM methods:
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Lockheed Martin on Target to Meet Sustainability Goals

posted April 22, 2011
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) going green is good for the environment and good for business. In its 2010 Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety and Health Report released today online, Lockheed Martin details how energy, water and waste to landfill reduction programs are helping the company meet its sustainability targets and improve operational efficiencies.Read more

U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development

posted April 22, 2011
To support President Obama's goal of reducing America's oil imports by one-third by 2025, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) recently jointly announced up to $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value biobased products. The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) will help create a diverse group of economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of alternative renewable fuels and biobased products. Advanced biofuels produced from these projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 50% compared to fossil fuels and will play an important role in diversifying America's energy portfolio.Read more

Construction Specialties, Inc. Honored by the Environmental Protection Agency

posted April 15, 2011
Construction Specialties (C/S), the leading manufacturer of high-performing architectural products, was awarded the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Environmental Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a ceremony yesterday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that are committed to improving the environment in the Mid-Atlantic region and C/S was honored in the Business & Industry category.Read more

Owl Energy Technologies’ Reduce Alternating Current Motors’ Electricity Usage and Save Money

posted April 15, 2011
Owl Energy Technologies announces “Spring Forward to Savings” with their Spring 2011 Campaign. U.S. and Canadian Companies can now teach their alternating current motors and manufacturing and production equipment to use less electricity and save money.Read more

Dow's Excellence in Energy Efficiency Continues to Gain Important Recognition

posted April 15, 2011
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a leader in energy conservation, has been recognized for its excellence in energy efficiency by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE awarded two Superior Energy Performance certifications to the Company for achievements in energy efficiency at its Texas City Operations facility. Read more

Big Ass Fan Company® introduces the smashingly durable Yellow Jacket®

posted April 15, 2011
The world’s biggest name in Big Fans introduces Yellow Jacket, the portable fan that takes abuse and stays in use. Five years in development, Yellow Jacket is designed for incredible flexibility and amazingly quiet operation, but most importantly, it’s so smashingly durable it will never need to be replaced. In fact, it’s guaranteed for life* because it’s engineered with all of the heavy-duty and operational characteristics that make it worthy of the Big Ass Fans name:Read more

Avoid Costly Landfill Disposal Using Recoverable, Recyclable Presswood Pallets

posted April 15, 2011
Last year, Litco International, Inc. (http://www.litco.com), North America's leading source of presswood pallets, kept 22 million pounds, or 11,000 tons, of wood waste from the landfill. That's equal to 600,000 of Litco's presswood pallets that would otherwise have been scrapped. Read more

Raytheon Awarded 2011 ENERGY STAR(R) Sustained Excellence Award by EPA

posted April 15, 2011
For the fourth consecutive year, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recognized with the 2011 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for ongoing leadership in energy conservation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Raytheon will receive its award at an EPA ceremony Tuesday in Washington, D.C.Read more

Prestige-Pak and the Fond du Lac Boy Scouts Help Reduce Carbon Footprinting

posted April 15, 2011

In conjunction with the Fond du Lac Boy Scouts-Troop, Prestige-Pak will be hosting its’ second annual Arbor Day event this April 29th.  As part of the company’s carbon reduction efforts, the flexible packager partnered with this same troop in 2010 to plant over 400 trees at their facility in Fond du Lac. This year they hope to place another 200 cedars and 100 pines in an adjacent space.

It’s not just about increasing production for Prestige-Pak’s president, Vince Kuber, it’s also about being an environmentally conscious neighbor. 

“In the printing industry, you get to a point where expansion is necessary to keep good customers whose needs have grown beyond your capabilities” said Vince.  Prestige-Pak customers were looking for better quality graphics and 8-color printing which they couldn’t provide with their existing presses.

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LASERDYNE Celebrates 30th Anniversary – Over 650 Laser Systems Installed Worldwide

posted April 14, 2011
March 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of LASERDYNE and the BeamDirector© family of multi-axis laser systems. Since their introduction, these systems have provided manufacturers with a tool to produce increasingly complex three-dimensional (3D) shaped components by laser cutting, drilling, and welding.Read more

New All-Natural ECO Industrial Hand Cleaner

posted April 14, 2011
ECO Industrial Hand Cleaner - Environmentally-friendly & EffectiveMartinson-Nicholls all-natural ECO Industrial Hand Cleaner cleans and conditions hands without drying the skin. This commercial hand cleaning soap will clean the dirtiest hands, and the concentrated formula reduces hand soap use by up to 75%.Read more

Green Packaging Container Flows From Manufacturing Source to Biodegrade

posted April 14, 2011
Flow Bottle A new packaging container for consumer products has been developed. Called the Flow Bottle, this Patent Pending design allows for consumers to purchase their favorite liquid or dry product in a biodegradable refill container that fits into a reusable outer container. The reusable outer container can have the traditional branding shape and color while the refill container is designed for maximum shipping and filling efficiency.Read more

SmartWatt Energy Helps Trion Industries Save on Total Lighting Costs

posted April 14, 2011
Trion Industries Corporate HeadquartersTrion Industries, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of display and scanning hooks, is saving more than 76% per year in total lighting costs due to a SmartWatt Energy, Inc. lighting retrofit at their corporate headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, PA. SmartWatt conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the corporate headquarters--including offices, a manufacturing plant and a shipping facility--then designed a value-engineered plan to replace Trion Industries’ existing metal halide, sodium vapor and fluorescent lighting system with an energy-efficient fluorescent lighting system. The lighting retrofit project will pay for itself in less than 13 months.Read more

Precision-Paragon [P2] Hires New Regional Sales Manager

posted April 14, 2011
Precision-Paragon [P2], a leading national energy-efficient lighting manufacturer, announced that Marty Kruse has joined the company as a regional sales manager.Read more

Precision-Paragon [P2] lighting professionals attain new sustainability certification

posted April 14, 2011
Keeping at the forefront of the latest lighting-industry standards, Precision-Paragon [P2] announced today that three of its lighting professionals have become among the first in the nation to obtain a new, high level of lighting system sustainability certification.

Two of the employees were among only six in the nation to reach the new high-level certification offered by the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO). [P2] was the only company to have two representatives certified.

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Enviro-Equipment, Inc. and AEG Carolinas Section Offers Free Environmental Equipment Training

posted April 14, 2011
Enviro-Equipment, Inc., a leading supplier of environmental sampling equipment and supplies, held a free training seminar at their lab in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Sponsored by the Carolinas Section of The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) to provide educational opportunities for its members, the program was presented to environmental professionals from major consulting companies, as well as Geology students from local universities.Read more

What Does Commercial Solar and Artisan Cheese have in Common?

posted April 14, 2011
Advanced Media, Inc./RITEK Solar USA teams with Ambassador Energy Inc in CA for the installation of 252 RITEK PM230 black frame, 230 watt high performance polycrystalline solar panels, at the Roque Creamery in Central Point, Oregon.Read more

Kimberly-Clark Health Care Announces Strategic Green Partnerships

posted April 14, 2011
Kimberly-Clark Health Care today announced achievements that highlight the company's substantial progress in its sustainability initiatives.  From rewarding customers for their sustainability efforts to developing recyclable uses for medical packaging waste to partnering with top advocacy leaders in sustainability, these milestones all highlight the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability.  As a champion in greening the medical manufacturing process and innovative product packaging, Kimberly-Clark diverts 6.5 million pounds of its manufacturing waste away from landfills each month, further supporting the overall goal of providing quality protection to its customers and to the environment, equally. Read more