Living Machine garden recycles water with microorganisms and plants

This might be a little old, but it's one of the coolest things I've seen this week. Mentioned in the article about a green parking garage, the 'Living Machine' is a water treatment system engineered as an environmentally friendly solution in every sense of the world. In the garage, part of the system is installed where patrons can observe, and without any undesirable smells or sights. 

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Green airport parking; mundane building provides LEEDing example

 Why not build a parking garage that meets LEED Gold standards? The Sandy Post of Oregon has a great article on the construction project making every effort possible to reduce the impact of what most would consider a carbon emissions nightmare, even topping the 3,500 parking spaces with a 3-story office building.

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Michigan Works! helping adults achieve GED and beyond

 With Michigan unemployment rates reaching as high as 12.6 percent many adults are returning to classrooms in to acquire their GED and train up skills for an increasingly competitive job market. Michigan Works! is expected to open a satellite office in Brighton this August to help assist the growing population of adults seeking further education. 

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Alabama second state to deploy CareerForward online curriculum

CareerForward, an online curriculum aimed at teaching high school students important values for the increasingly technological careers of the future, is now being deployed across the state of Alabama, second in the U.S. after Michigan to require online learning experience. It's designed to get students thinking about how to focus their skills and where to find help when they need it. The course also teaches financial literacy and prepares them for a global economy.

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Ten tips for job-seekers

Looking for a new job? Recently laid off? At any rate we've all been there and in our current economy, don't know if or when we'll be back on the trail again. Even with all the electronic tools available to us today, some good, old-fashioned advice may be just the thing to help gain an edge over the competition.

Steve Maluitch wrote a fine ten-point list of tips for job seekers over on African-American News & Issues that applies well to anybody. Such as this tip that I feel I've been overlooking lately.

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Pine Jog Elementary earning green extra credit with digital energy consumption display

In South Florida, technology and architecture combine to give elementary school students a jump start on thinking green. Recently installed at Pine Jog Elementary, the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is an interactive touchscreen device that displays realtime information about a building's energy consumption, trends, and provides information on alternative energy and efficiency. And Principal Fred Barch likes how it allows the students to monitor daily energy use and savings.

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RectorSeal brings low-VOC solvents to market that meet LEED requirements

RectorSeal Corporation is now offering low-VOC (volatile organic compound) cements, solvents and compounds which meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements for emissions given off during new construction projects using PVC, CPVC or ABS. 

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EASTEC survey reveal: manufacturers want efficiency, work force development

The largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, EASTEC, played host to 700 manufacturers and conducted a survey to find what was on their minds. Of those surveyed, 90 percent listed work force training as an important issue. Good news for those working in the industry already or those seeking jobs. If you're currently employed, keep in mind the survey also found 80 percent focusing on continuous improvement in their existing work force.


Michigan's little Bavaria seeking $10,000 for student tech projects

There's more to learn about in Frankenmuth than Fudge and Gnomes, Frankenmuth School District Superintendent Mary Anne Ackerman thinks. The district is applying for a $10,000 grant from the Grosse Pointe, Mich.-based Convergence Education Foundation to provide funding for a student project to construct an electric vehicle.


Ohio unemployed packing classrooms this spring

Displaced workers in Ohio are turning out in record-breaking numbers, reports the Mansfield News Journal. The workers are seeking to bolster their existing skillsets or learn new skills for the increasingly-competitive workplace. At an unemployement rate of 12.9 percent, Richland county officials believe it's the highest in 25 years.

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