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NAM Launches Blog Focused on Sustainability in Manufacturing
ANSI member the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has launched a new blog series and social media campaign, "Manufacturing a Sustainable Future," focused on manufacturers' role in advancing sustainability. Starting with the inaugural post from General Motors, the blog and campaign will highlight U.S. manufacturers that are engaged in creative and cutting-edge sustainability initiatives and activities. Manufacturers are developing innovative technologies and processes to promote a cleaner environment, support stronger communities, and drive greater economic growth and opportunity across the country.
This series will also include innovative multimedia to tell the unique story of manufacturing sustainability. To follow the blog series and subscribe to the latest posts, visit the NAM website.
NIST Announces Grant Competition for Manufacturing Centers in 11 States
The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched the fourth round of competitions to award new cooperative funding agreements as part of a multiyear effort to refresh its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers. The MEP centers provide technical services to small and medium-sized manufacturers to help them increase profits, create jobs, and establish a foundation for long-term business growth and productivity.
The competition is open to U.S.-based nonprofits and state-based and higher-education organizations seeking to work in partnership with NIST MEP. Each award will have a five-year period of performance, with the potential for an additional five years of funding if the awardee meets certain performance levels, continues to provide services relevant to its customers, and funding is available. NIST anticipates it will fund nearly $60 million over five years to organizations that will operate centers in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming.
Complete details on eligibility and application instructions can be found at Grants.gov.
American Nurses Association Co-Launches Website to Support Infection Control in Healthcare
The American Nurses Association (ANA), an ANSI member, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) have launched the ANA/APIC Resource Center, a website that aims to close information gaps among health care professionals in effectively responding to health care-associated infections. The site consolidates resources, allowing health care professionals quick and ready access to infection prevention strategies and evidence-based practices.