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INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2011 WaterSense® Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet Company is committed to helping consumers find smarter ways to live with water. This declaration, which focuses on improving product efficiency without compromising a user's experience, is reinforced by the Delta® brand's recent expansion of its product portfolio, which now includes several new water efficient products. "As one of the world's largest manufacturers of faucets, showers and now, toilets, Delta Faucet Company has an enormous responsibility to help people use water efficiently without compromising their experience," said Richard O'Reagan, president of Delta Faucet Company. "We remain focused on continuously developing new products and pioneering technologies that address global water concerns and ... (more)

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Implements UC4 to Help Automate Processes

BELLEVUE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/27/09 -- UC4 Software, a leading provider of workload automation, job scheduling and IT process optimization solutions, today announced that Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) has implemented UC4 Workload Automation Suite to help automate business processes. Using UC4, ABCWUA is able to deliver low-cost, secure, scalable and speedy customer processing. "UC4 not only provides a premium product that eliminates the worry that all your billing and payment batch processes are running at night, but they have relieved many of our stresses as a project team on a tight go-live schedule," said René Newton, applications development manager, and project manager for the CC&B team, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. "UC4 worked with us on training and support on short-notice timelines, provided qu... (more)

Green Saving Solutions for Your Home

ORANGE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/09/12 -- The green movement is here. At a time when homeowners everywhere are trying to find ways to conserve energy and save money, the average Canadian home consumes 29-30,000 kWh or 106 gigajoules per year, according to Statistics Canada. To put this in perspective, using a 60-watt light bulb for 1 thousand hours only consumes 60-kilowatt hours of electricity. It would take over 28 months of continuous light bulb use to match the average Canadian home's electricity usage. Canada is pushing for more energy efficient homes, are you doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint? Refrigeration -- Refrigerators are a huge energy consumer in the home. Some energy saving tips to remember: Refrigerators with the freezer on top use 10-15% less energy than side by side models. If your refrigerator is in the sunlight or next to your stove ... (more)

Green California Summit in Sacramento Next Week

PASADENA, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The major green government conference, the 2014 Green California Summit, will take place to the Sacramento Convention Center from April 8-9. Now in its eighth year, this unique Summit focuses on public sector sustainability. The summit is developed with an advisory board composed of leaders from state and local government and the private sector chaired by CalEPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjer and Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Anna Caballero. The Summit will feature keynote speakers Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Global Governance for CalPERS, and Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Pre-Summit sessions on April 7 will include a daylong workshop on Prop 39 i... (more)

MNR Slashes Moose Hunting Opportunities

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/17/14 -- The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is shocked by the decision of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to drastically reduce moose hunting opportunities for licensed hunters, which in certain Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will result in fewer moose tags being granted and no Guaranteed Group Size this year. For example, WMU 13 (Thunder Bay Area) will see an 87% reduction in adult moose tags available this year compared to 2013 and WMU 28 (Kirkland Lake area) will have a 93% reduction. The OFAH is concerned about declining moose populations throughout northern Ontario, the causes of which are unknown in many WMUs, but hunters are growing increasingly frustrated with the Ministry's lack of progress on its review of moose management in Ontario. The OFAH is calling on the MNR to look at the ful... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Centers Coming Online

Microsoft threw the switch on its new mega data center in Dublin on July 1 and expects to do same for the one it's built in Chicago on July 20. The facilities are meant to support the company's Online, Live and cloud services. Dublin is Microsoft's first mega site outside the U.S. It covers 303,000 square feet capable of 5.4 megawatts of power, now on its way to 22.2 megawatts with demand. The Chicago site covers 700,000 square feet, the size of 16 football fields, with 30 megawatts to start and capable of 60 megawatts. Two-thirds of the place is optimized for containerized servers, which Microsoft says conserve energy. Each of the pre-packaged containers holds 1,800-2,500 servers. Microsoft says their density can exceed traditional data centers by 10 times. ... (more)

Whale Watching In Australia

“The winch, synchronized with the flensers knife, accelerates, and the bada ~ (the Norwegian word for baleen) with a wrenching tear, parts from the whale and swings wildly up into the air and outboard over the ship’s side, just grazing the bulwarks. During the half-second when it is outboard the winchman lets go his brake, and the lethal mass, which would smash to pulp anyone or anything in it’s way, plunges down toward the sea ~ usually! I’ve seen maybe five or six men killed by the bada alone’, Davison told me.....” —from ‘Of Whales and Men’ There’s romance in the old whaling days, and one cannot help but to be fascinated by the stories of this bygone era ~ The men who paddled out in small boats armed with hand held harpoons to do battle with the great whales. Many drowned and even the more modern whaling operations in the early to mid 1900’s had a high level of d... (more)

Organizations Are Missing Huge Opportunity to Divert Trash From Landfills and Benefit the Bottom Line, New GREEN Study Finds

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/22/07 -- Caught between mountains of garbage and a rapidly shrinking number of landfills to put it in, organizations are facing increasing pressure to find viable alternatives that both meet business needs and address environmental issues. And even when those alternatives are available, and organizations are aware of them, the changes are painfully slow in coming. That's the sobering conclusion reached in "Garbage Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," a comprehensive report from the Global Renewable Energy and Environmental Network (GREEN), underwritten by BioSystem Solutions. The study quantifies the current processes for waste management and highlights potential benefits of better managing biodegradable waste streams. The findings will also be discussed on a webcast hosted by GREEN tomorrow, May 23, at 2pm EDT/11am PDT. Interested par... (more)

An Itty-Bitty Chip Could Slash a Data Center’s Energy Bill

Imagine a data center chock full of heterogeneous equipment and running hot. That should be an easy exercise since they all are. But now it's important to stop the waste and reduce energy consumption. Where do you start? Well, it might be nice to whittle the problem down to size and figure out what in that sea of servers and whatnot are the biggest offenders. A start-up called Sentilla says it can help. It's got a wireless sensor network that can track energy use in data centers from multiple vendors, including the facility itself. IT managers can set a baseline with the consolidated information and establish power usage effective (PUE), the first step in an energy reduction strategy. Sentilla says its sensors, itty-bitty Java-based computers the size of a dime embedded in an intelligent power strip, can go anywhere or be attached to anything, even a blast furnace, ... (more)

Chief Networking Officer and Senior Executives

You certainly have heard several stories like that of John Smith, a senior executive of a large company. He has worked for over 20 years in the major market players. He had a career up and always brought good results to their employers. He is a well recognized professional by his peers in the market. Until recently, he was the Commercial Director and a person of full confidence of a business owner. He had full power in decision making and used this resource skillfully on behalf of the company. However, time has changed. As part of a competitor´s expansion strategy, the company was acquired and John´s position was considered "redundant" by the buyer who preferred a professional of his own trust, of personal and professional knowledge to take John´s place. And now John? You are 50, 3 children to raise and a high standard of living. Despite your enviable curriculum and... (more)

Don't Speak At Me, Speak With Me

As e-marketing has made inroads with B2B marketers a lot has been said about the idea of online conversation. But, what does that mean from a marketing content perspective? If you think of a conversation in the offline world it can be in the context of a chat with a friend — 1-on-1, an exchange in a meeting with a group of people, a discussion with your peers over lunch or witty repartee with your spouse during TV commercials in the evening. When you transfer that idea online, how often do you "feel" any similarity to those above examples? How often do you make a connection with the content you see? Part of this is because you're not really there. The people you're "conversing" with can't see you, your facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice as if you'd spoken aloud. Nor can you see them. That means you have to think about the words you use and how they wo... (more)