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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Lionel of LionelMedia: Infrastructure Investment is “Chump Change”

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Lionel of LionelMedia: Infrastructure Investment is “Chump Change”

There’s little debate that massive infrastructure improvements are needed in this country. But there is also little local or national pressure for it. To give his take, RT America’s Anya Parampil is joined by legal and media analyst Lionel of LionelMedia.

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PBS Newshour: Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
PBS Newshour: Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

As the U.S. grapples with a growing list of transportation infrastructure needs and limited public funds, more states are looking to public-private partnerships as a means of fixing and replacing aging bridges, tunnels and roads. But is there a downside for taxpayers? NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Henry Petroski, Historian & Author of The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Henry Petroski Professor of Civil Engineering in Pratt School of Engineering

Henry Petroski is an Aleksandar C. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University, as well as an author and historian. His most recent book is titled The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure.

Roads that aren’t paved correctly should not be paid for. They should be redone. If we have something, work done in our house and it’s not done right, we expect the contractor to redo it. We don’t just write another check. I believe unfortunately that too many times the government that represents the people and spends the people’s tax money does do just that.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools

Rachel Gutter is Senior Vice President of Knowledge at the U.S. Green Building Council and Director of the Center for Green Schools.

“It’s been 20 years since the federal government published a comprehensive inventory of K-12 public school facilities, and at the time…more than 15,000 schools in the United States had air that was actually unfit to breathe. And then they dropped it for the last 20 years…because of our limited insight into the conditions of the school facilities, we have no sense of just how pervasive the problem is. But just like we know that lurking across these hundred thousand K-12 public schools there are thousands of schools that still have air that’s unfit to breathe, we know that there are likely thousands of schools that have water that’s unfit for drinking. And that’s not acceptable.”

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The State of Our Schools

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
The Nation Underinvests in Public School Facilities

21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON SCHOOL FACILITIES
THE CENTER FOR GREEN SCHOOLS
School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet we have no comprehensive national data source on K–12 public school infrastructure. Even at the state level, school facilities information is often scant. The dearth of official data and standards for our nation’s public school infrastructure has left communities and states working largely on their own to plan for and provide high-quality facilities…These realities inspired our three organizations to assemble the best available state-by-state data and propose a standards-based framework by which we can benchmark the nation’s investment.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Keith Roe, Incoming President, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Keith Roe, ASME

K. Keith Roe, PE, has been selected as the president-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for the 2016-2017 term of office. Roe, a fellow of ASME, has been an active member of the Society for more than 40 years.

I think one of the biggest challenges in this area is getting people to understand what the issues are…It’s an important thing and it really is so important to our economy. We need to do a better job, all of us, at getting the message across. People need to understand that those roads, those bridges, the highways, the electrical infrastructure, the oil and gas infrastructure, our ports and harbors, these are all vital to our world commerce.

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AEM: American Infrastructure Needs Your Help

Monday, March 28th, 2016
AEM: American Infrastructure Needs Your Help

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) brings you the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge — a three-phased, crowd-sourced competition to award a total of $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to overhaul the crumbling infrastructure that Americans rely upon to move people, materials, products, services and information.

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Alabama: Top 50 Projects to Support Economic Growth and Quality of Life

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

TRIP
While the modest funding increase and certainty provided by the FAST Act are a step in the right direction, the funding falls far short of the level of needed to improve conditions and meet the nation’s mobility needs and fails to deliver a sustainable, long-term source of revenue for the federal Highway Trust Fund.

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St. Louis, MO: Demolishing Boone Bridge

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
St. Louis, MO: Demolishing Boone Bridge

March 07 2016 Boone Bridge Demo.

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Helena, MT: Redeveloping Brownfields

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Helena, MT: Redeveloping Brownfields

Laura Erikson, Community Development Coordinator in Lewis and Clark County, MT discusses how EPA is making a visible difference in Helena, MT. EPA Brownfields funds were used by the County to investigate contamination at a site that was regarded as the most blighted property in town. After completing the environmental assessment, the Montana Business Assistance Connection, with help from the City and EPA, was able to purchase the site and restore it to residential use standards. Today it is ready for redevelopment. Ms. Erikson explains what the newly cleaned site will mean for the community, calling it a “catalyst” that will benefit the whole area.

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