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In brief for June 13, 2007

Green scene The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which pays $50 million annually on travel, is changing its acquisition rules to give preference to facilities that consume less and manage their resources in "environmentally positive" ways, the agency says. For the first time, EPA will consider environmental achievement along with such factors as price and past performance when buying meeting and conference space. The new regulation is a step toward giving priority to hotels and conference centers that demonstrate green progress. EPA intends to evaluate the responses to a 14-point checklist, asking whether a facility has features such as a recycling program, easy access to public transportation, and water- and energy-conservation programs ...

Register PDQ for MPI June 22 is the deadline to save money on your MPI World Education Conference registration. After that, fees jump some 35 percent. To download a registration form, click here. WEC runs July 28-31 in Montreal ...

2012 Olympic logo lambasted The new logo for the 2012 Olympic Games made plenty of news at its unveiling last week--most of it bad. Designed to attract a younger audience, the jagged, moving depiction of the number "2012" was called ugly by many, and the animated version was blamed for triggering epileptic seizures in some TV viewers.

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