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Politicians have hit ‘green wall’ in solid South

Any piece of political propaganda that pops up in Mississippi most likely features the following: a candidate dressed in khakis and a blue oxford shirt, a candidate with his family, a candidate singing in the church choir, a golden retriever or some combination of all those things. The packaged image that a candidate loves his family, goes to church and ...

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LEED building not necessarily more costly

One architect says there doesn’t have to be any excessive costs associated with building green friendly Though they are thought to be more attractive from an environmental and health perspective, LEED-certified buildings are assumed by some to be substantially more costly than those with conventional design. At least one Mississippi architect and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) AP ...

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NOT ALL PLASTICS ARE ALIKE

When considering recyclable plastic products and marketing for your business, it’s important to pay attention to the types of plastics claiming to be “biodegradable” or “compostable.”  These terms are thrown around quite a bit these days. According to Dr. Robert Lockhead, director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, there is currently an international ...

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Businesses can save money by Going Green

Go-green initiatives can, at least on the front end, cost businesses money. But businesses can lower costs and even put money in their pockets by reducing their waste stream, collecting rebates for bulk recycling and using green efforts to market to environmentally conscious consumers. Depending on the size of a business, reducing waste stream, which equals fewer garbage hauls, could ...

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Restaurants find green efforts that save money

By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER amy.mccullough@msbusiness.com   While green efforts may cost some businesses more than they save, restaurants can easily add to their bottom line by conserving energy, recycling certain products and using their environmentally conscious efforts as marketing tools to attract customers. The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) is encouraging restaurants to save by using more ...

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Staying warm with wood pellets

New plant to turn out 50,000 tons of product annually   While the use of wood pellets for heating fuel is nothing new, they are gaining new customers every day. Rising oil prices coupled with the recession that has household budgets in a squeeze have many looking at wood pellets as an alternative heating source. Also, green-conscious consumers find the ...

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Central Mississippi leads recycling way for state

Central Mississippi towns are modeling recycling efforts for the state. Madison has one of the highest rates of participation, at an estimated 45 percent, while Jackson leads the way with the most comprehensive plan. The City of Madison has approximately 9,000 households participating in its recycling program, said Denson Robinson, director of public works. He estimates the city has an ...

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Cap-and-trade bill finds few friends in state

Legislation now in senators’ hands The goal of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the Waxman-Markey bill, is to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Who could be opposed to that? Well, Waxman-Markey passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a scant ...

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