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MIT/BCG Study Documents Sustainability’s Growth as a Corporate StrategyPublished Sustainable Plant  1/25/2012
Sustainability now occupies a central and permanent place in corporate boardrooms 31 percent of companies say sustainability is contributing to their profits, and 70 percent have placed sustainability permanently on their management agenda, according to a new global study by MIT Sloan Management
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Why Winners Focus on Energy Even When Prices Are LowPublished Sustainable Plant  1/18/2012
Energy management in the United States is once again in danger of entering a phase of neglect. The fears of runaway energy prices have been calmed during the past few months of relatively stable prices. Coal is way down from its 2008 high, with a relatively benign short-term pricing outlook. Oil
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How Behavior Programs Can Help Build an Energy-Efficient CulturePublished Sustainable Plant  1/11/2012
An ACEEE report details how programs aimed at changing employees' attitudes and behaviors have helped cut energy consumption at a variety of facilities. Energy behavior programs aimed at reducing energy use through change in employees' attitudes and behaviors, such as those instituted at The House
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Replace Industrial Tax Breaks with District Energy IncentivesPublished Sustainable Plant  1/11/2012
Wasted heat is the most undervalued resource in the industrial energy value chain. In the typical factory, a wide range of processes release unwanted heat and use valuable fuels, costing money and causing substantial greenhouse gas emissions. The historic low cost of energy combined with the ease of
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Manage Assets for Sustainability – and ProfitPublished Sustainable Plant  1/11/2012
Our maintenance departments, no matter how efficiently they run, operate under that most deadly of reputations (at least for the folks at the C-level); they are a "cost," something management doesn't want to spend any more money on than absolutely necessary.But times are changing, and new pressures
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Four Places to Lock In Energy Savings with Advanced ControlsPublished Sustainable Plant  1/10/2012
If you want sustainable energy savings, install advanced control systems to maximize energy efficiency. After all, the most problematic portion in all sustainable programs involves personnel. Many of the most efficient energy programs can suddenly become energy wasters because the person who

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BASF Buys into U.S. Biorenewable Industrial Sugar Innovator RenmatixPublished Sustainable Plant  1/9/2012
BASF is participating with $30 million through BASF Biorenewable Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG in the American technology firm Renmatix Inc. The BASF subsidiary led a $50 million financing round, joined by new and existing investors.Renmatrix' proprietary Plantrose process challenges conventional sugar
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Energy Auditors Still Finding High ROIs on Big BoilersPublished Sustainable Plant  1/9/2012
You can't pick that famous low-hanging fruit if you can't find the tree. So, to help users find some tasty savings in their often complex and sometimes forest-like applications and facilities, ABB Power Generation North America offers some very thorough energy assessments and audits. For
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Bearing Plant Managers Describe Their Journey Toward SustainabilityPublished Sustainable Plant  1/6/2012
SKF’s Flowery Branch bearing manufacturing plant near Atlanta, Georgia, occupies 64 acres with 200,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, employs 268, and annually produces more than eight million bearings. In the article, “Management Excellence: Our Journey Towards Energy and

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Why 2012 Is Bringing a Rising Role for ISO in Sustainability ManagementPublished Sustainable Plant  1/6/2012
The calendar’s shift from 2011 to 2012 has brought the usual proliferation of retrospectives and prognostications, this year with a greater sense of urgency due to global economic and social stresses. Sustainability priorities continue to rise in importance, but seem, more than ever, at risk of

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