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Aug. 29, 2008  
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Recession Shopping Can Make Us Unintentionally Greener
from U.S. News & World Report
The recession could be making us greener, a Unilever study reveals. In tough times, consumers prioritize their spending, and the first five items that they stop buying are air fresheners, cookies, beer and wine, frozen dinners, and soda. Recession-proof items that we'll never stop buying include pet food, toilet paper, deodorant, pain reliever, hair care products, fresh meat, and canned vegetables. More

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What Facility Managers Need to Know About LEED Lighting Control Requirements
from GreenerBuildings
Going green is not just a cliché when it comes to today's commercial building projects. It's becoming a way of life for architects, lighting designers, specifying engineers, electrical contractors and facility managers that are embracing LEED. More

Shoppers Won't Compromise on Food Quality Despite Economic Times
from The Wall Street Journal
Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, announced the results of a recent survey that found, despite rising food prices, nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults say they do not want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy and the majority are continuing to buy the same amount of natural and/or organic foods as they always have. More

Automated Buildings Need Uninterruptible Power Supply
from SP&T News
Backup systems are generally either battery-based storage systems that convert DC power from batteries to AC power, fossil-fuel-based generators, or a combination of both. UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems maintain a continuous source of energy between connected devices by supplying power from a separate source when the grid goes down, thereby protecting against power surges and temporary power interruptions. More

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CEO: Wal-Mart Will Be "Among the Greenest Stores on the Block"
from Canada NewsWire
Wal-Mart Canada President and CEO David Cheesewright this week aannounced plans to cut energy use by more than 30 percent in new Wal-Mart stores opening in 2009. The move addresses growing demands from Canadian cities for energy-efficient buildings and helps the company in its pursuit of aggressive sustainability goals - including becoming a zero-waste business, powered by 100 percent renewable energy. More

Procter & Gamble Ties Laundry to Fashion
from The Associated Press
The Procter & Gamble Co. is linking laundry to fashion in what's billed as the biggest product launch yet for its venerable Tide brand. Fashion mentor Tim Gunn of reality TV's "Project Runway" is among those involved in marketing the new "Total Care" products that P&G says draw on technology from its beauty products to let clothes keep their shape, color and new look longer through repeated washing. More

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Home Depot Promotes Ellison to Executive VP Job
from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Home Depot has promoted Marvin Ellison to executive vice president of U.S. stores. Ellison, 43, is the first African-American in Home Depot’s executive suites in the company’s history. The company was founded in 1978. In his new post, one of six executive vice president jobs, Ellison will be in charge of nearly 2,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More

Calvin Klein Launches U.S. E-Commerce Site
from Internet Retailer
Pegging e-commerce as central to its growth, luxury apparel and home brand Calvin Klein has launched an e-commerce site at www.Calvinklein.com. The site, for U.S. consumers only, is the latest stage in the company’s drive into direct-to-consumer channels. More

Retail Group Spent $500K Lobbying Government in 2Q
from The Associated Press via Forbes
The National Retail Federation spent $500,000 in the second quarter to lobby on consumer product safety and other issues, according to a recently amended disclosure report. More




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