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June 8-10 in Atlanta, GA: Attend One Water Summit 2016

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
One Water Summit

Summit attendees will assess how water drives economic growth, environmental sustainability, and opportunity for all in the United States. Through inspiring plenary sessions, interactive panels, mobile workshops, and caucuses, participants will strategize on how to accelerate the adoption of integrated, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to water resource management.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab

Howard Jennings is Managing Director of Mobility Lab, a source of research and best practices for advocates to increase awareness and education about more and advanced transportation options for people.
“The basic infrastructure is something that people find pretty easy to take for granted, and it creeps up on them and they don’t realize that it’s getting worse and worse and worse. And so we at Mobility Lab are trying to put the emphasis back on helping people recognize that their quality of life is eroding and their ability to spend time with their family, the stress of their day-to-day lives and all these things are a result of our collective failure to invest in infrastructure…”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Author, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Janette Sadik-Khan - Photo by Olugbenro Photgraphy

Janette Sadik-Khan recently published Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets.

“What we’ve seen is that people really want to be in places, whether they’re young or old, that are safe, that are fun, where the quality of life is good and they’ve got lots of ways to get around that don’t involve driving…I think that what we need to do is also update our cities and update our streets to reflect the way that people want to use them.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senior Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is one of four Congressional Co-chairs who will participate in Infrastructure Week’s Advocacy Day on May 18th, including an open press briefing to raise awareness about the critical infrastructure needs in this country.

“The only way you can serve, I think, in Congress is to be an optimist, because there are days here that you could get discouraged. But we recognize that we have the strongest country in the world. We have the strongest country for many reasons. It’s the innovation of Americans; it’s our commitment towards each other; it’s for good governance; it’s the strength of America’s presence globally, but we know that we need to first take care of our concerns at home and that means let’s make sure that Americans have every opportunity that this great country offers.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Bill Peduto

William Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013. He has worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council, as a staffer and Member of Council representing District 8, and resides in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the city.

“So there’s always been a partnership between the ability to create and innovate and the ability to build—that’s in our DNA. We went through a thirty-year recession/depression, and now we have re-emerged where we were before, which is with a new 21st-century model. When we look at our infrastructure, we have the opportunity to be innovative once again.”

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Get Ready for INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK 2016 – May 16-23

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Infrastructure Week 2016

Don’t just stand there, do something! Infrastructure Week is about showing your constituents and your community how infrastructure plays a major role in day-to-day life. Whether you work in an infrastructure-related industry, are concerned about a specific issue, or just want to make your voice heard, there are plenty of ways you can participate in the week-long event.

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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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RPA Assembly 2016: Join the Discussion to Ensure a Thriving NYC Metro Region

Monday, April 18th, 2016
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Join the Regional Plan Association on May 6 for RPA’s Assembly, a day of engaging discussion about the best ways to address issues including the crisis of affordability, threats to our coastlines, deteriorating infrastructure and pressures on our quality of life.

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Outstanding Engineering: Michigan’s “96fix” Highway Rehabilitation

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Outstanding Engineering - Michigan's "96fix"

96fix was the largest single-season construction project in state history. Reconstruction of the seven-mile stretch of the 40-year-old freeway included the rehabilitation of 37 bridges, installation of LED lighting and storm sewers, and safety improvements. The $153 million project was completed early and under budget, and brought I-96 in line with current standards. Innovative technologies included visual modeling to gain public support for closing the freeway during construction and 3-D design model for fine-tuning paving work. The process saved taxpayer dollars, cut freeway closure time, and improved pavement quality and safety.

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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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