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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
May 6, 2009
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Immigration and Emigration
from New York Times
From the time of the nation's founding, immigration has been crucial to the United States' growth and also a periodic source of conflict. At the turn of the 21st century, the country has experienced another great wave of immigration, the largest since the 1920s. However, for the first time illegal immigrants outnumbered legal immigrants coming in to the country -- by 2008 an estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants were living here - and immigration had once again become one of the most contentious issues on the political agenda. More

Immigrant Wins Ruling on ID Case
from Wurchester Telegram & Gazette
An unanimous Supreme Court said that undocumented workers who use phony IDs can't be considered identity thieves without proof they knew they were stealing real people's Social Security and other numbers. More

Rhode Island House Committees Approve E-verify, Photo ID Measures
from The Providence Journal
The issues have drawn fire from all sides. But this week, there were no fireworks as separate the Idaho General Assembly committees voted quickly and quietly to approve legislation seeking to crack down on both voter fraud and Rhode Island businesses that employ undocumented immigrants. More

Environment

Critics Question Ban on Pesticides
from Canwest Publishing
Customers continue to buy pesticides from lawn and garden centers throughout Nanaimo, Canada. Most of them unaware of the Nanaimo's decision to ban chemicals used to kill weeds, insects and fungi. Once the regulations are introduced, likely by the end of this summer, Nanaimo residents have about one more year before staff implement the bylaw, allowing for an intensive education campaign to help lawn lovers transition to more ecological solutions. More

Suburban Office Complex Claims 49 Percent Lower Energy Use
from Environmental Leader
A new 200,000-square-foot building in Newton Square, Pa., includes numerous sustainable design features including a grass roof, toilets that use rainwater for flushing and an air-conditioning system that makes its own ice for cooling. The building is expected to have 49 percent lower energy usage than a comparable conventional building. More

Green Being Discussed on the Hill
from Library of Congress
The new bill H.R.2222, which recognizes the value of landscaping and the definition of "green roofs," was introduced on last month, in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.). It promotes investment in green projects as an effective economic development tool. More

Business

Health Care Debate: Issues for Small Business
from Businessweek
If your business employs a small yet dedicated staff, chances are that you’re anxious to survive this recession without having to resort to layoffs. Or, if you have already had one round of layoffs, you want to avoid another that will cut even more deeply into your workforce. More

Industry

Moss Carpet Grows in the Heart of Your Home
from Inhabitat
Among all the great green designs discovered at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair, this beautiful biodegradable moss planter at the Tokyo Fiber Sensware exhibition definitely stood out. Japan-based flower artist Makoto Azuma collaborated with Unitika Ltd. to create an indoor glade, populating the planter with an assortment of mosses. The result is an exquisite organic carpet that runs through the exhibition, passing round the furniture and the poles and stunning visitors with its delightful presence. More

PLANET Headquarters

Members Voice Opinions Using New PLANET Blog
from PLANET
Read what your peers have to say on a variety of PLANET and green industry topics on PLANET's new blog, VoiceoftheGreenIndustry.org. On a weekly basis, members will be posting articles on this site. Check out the blog site often and give your comments on what’s been posted. If there is a particular topic you would like to see someone blog about, e-mail Heather Finney or call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522. More




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