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    Duke Energy Foundation to invest $386k in paid internships & career coaching for recent college grads. Press conf @ Talley, 9/02, 10 am!

    How STEM Skills Transcend Science, Tech, Engineering and Math

    The National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the Twenty-first Century has projected that 60 percent of the newest jobs will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce. In the US, and even in STEM-savvy NC, the skilled worker shortage is approaching a crisis point. Why aren’t we producing enough STEM-trained professionals, and what can we do to counter the trend?

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    An Update on the New ISO 14001 Standard

    The ISO 14001 development committee (Technical Committee 207, Subcommittee 1, Working Group 5) has made progress in moving the new 14001 standard from a Draft International Standard (DIS) to a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS).  Publication of the FDIS is anticipated in September 2015.

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    Prep Now for a Safe and Healthy Summer

    Blooming trees and flowers here in the South are the prelude to a long, hot, humid summer. Workers exposed to hot indoor environments, or hot and humid conditions outdoors, are at risk of heat-related illness.

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    Have you checked the pulse of your company lately?

    Most folks visit the dentist at least twice yearly for a checkup, see their Primary Care Physician for a physical and take their car in for an inspection. In addition, most of us get on the scales periodically to see if we are gaining weight, losing it or holding our own.

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    EPA’s Newest Gem – The Proposed “Clean Power” Rule

    Wow!  This certainly is a new age of energy management. At the January 29, 2015 NC Chamber Environmental Compliance conference in Durham, NC, a panel spoke on EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Rule”, which will target reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy generation through the use of state-by-state targeted goals. In a way, this is similar to the Federal Air Pollution standards for ambient air, where each state is required to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for pollutants such as SO2, NOx and others. For the Clean Power Rule, each state’s GHG target will be measured in units of pounds of CO2/MWh, and they, in turn, will pass on requirements to electric utilities through state regulations implemented as part of their State Implementation Plan (SIP).

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