Monthly Archives

March 2014

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The Green Marketplace


Creating Sustainable Lifestyles It’s no secret that Florida is home to some of the most unique and beautiful native landscaping and habitats. From over 3,000 different types of wildflowers to its countless mangroves, the state, and more specifically Brevard County, can…

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Building on Sustainability


The Team, Dream and Legacy Behind LifeStyle Homes   In the thick of the Great Recession, Central Florida’s real estate market was ranked the third worst in the U.S. The Space Shuttle program was gearing up for retirement and the…

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No Waste in this Space


Waste Management Converting Trash to Energy By Carl Kotala   Waste Management, which serves 20 million customers throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico – including Brevard County – is producing enough renewable energy to power 1.2 million homes…

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Exceeding Expectations


Eastern Florida State College Accelerates Transition from Community College By Carl Kotala The debut of Eastern Florida State College’s first two bachelor degree programs has been an unmitigated success . . . so here come seven more. April 1 will…

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Developing the Transportation Grid of the Future


UCF’s Solar Energy Center Eyes Electric Vehicles By Sherri Shields As plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) continue to roll out of factories and onto the streets, the nation is strategizing how to best integrate them into our power grid and highways….

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Doug Connor Inc.


EXECUTIVES:  Dana Connor, CEO Doug Connor, founder/owner FOUNDED:  1985 LOCATION:  Melbourne WEBSITE:   For 29 years, Doug Connor Inc. (DCI) has ensured the quality, timely and cost effective completion of a wide range of commercial and residential projects. Today,…

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Samantha Bailey Brackett


COMPANY: Ripple Effect Advertising, Inc. TITLE: Owner YEARS IN BREVARD: 20 YEARS AT COMPANY: 8   For more than 20 years, Samantha Bailey Brackett has worked with clients to create successful marketing strategies. She opened Ripple Effect Advertising in 2008…

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Weathering the Storms of Life


How to Bring Good from Every Situation   “April showers bring May flowers.” The origin of this classic saying dates back to the 1500s when Thomas Tusser wrote the poem: Sweet April showers Do spring May flowers. The underlying message…

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Paper Invasion


What to Keep and What to Shred Managing your record keeping system can be confusing. It is difficult to know what records to keep and for how long. We receive so much information that if we keep everything, the storage…

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Avoiding Performance Waste


What’s Robbing Effectiveness and Efficiency? In our efforts to become more “green,” we are often concerned with the waste that our companies produce, such as paper, material scrap, or even liquid and airborne pollutants. There is another kind of waste…