Sustainability As a Competitive Edge

  Pressure from customers, shareholders, governments and the general public pushes firms to improve their environmental performance — but what about a firm’s competitors? What role does competition between companies play in influencing environmental practices? Christian Hofer (University of Arkansas), David E. Cantor (Iowa State University) and Jing Dai (Iowa State University) asked the same…

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Toyota: Leader in Green Buildings

TORRANCE, Calif., May 30, 2012 —/PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc’s. (TMS) recently completed Kansas City Regional Technical Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.  The technical training center is located at the region sales office and provides offices, classrooms and training bays for Toyota…

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Coal Under Fire

LOUISA, Ky. — For generations, coal has been king in this Appalachian town. It provided heat, light and jobs for the hundreds of people who worked in the nearby coal mines and the smoke-coughing Big Sandy power plant that burned their black bounty. But now, coal is in a corner. Across the United States, the…

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I’m Dying to Wear My Mushroom Death Suit

Let’s face it, everybody dies. Last October, Earthlings reached a staggering population of 7 billion hungry inhabitants. Meanwhile various estimates speculate that our world will indefinitely sustain a global community of no more than 4 to 16 billion Homo sapiens. Our numbers continue to grow at an alarming rate, igniting  urgency to favor renewable rituals…

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The 2012 Top 10 New Species List

What do dive-bombing wasps and devil’s worms have in common?  On May 23rd, the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE)  published its 5th annual list of new species discovered during the previous year. Based out of  Arizona State University, IISE’s scientists collaborate with a committee of taxonomists across the globe to describe and classify new…

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