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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

NACTO: Cities Leading the Way

Friday, January 27th, 2017
NACTO: Cities Leading the Way

NACTO builds cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices. With great leadership, cities lead the way on transportation, creating a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

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Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Experts discuss benefits and challenges of corporate sourcing of renewable energy.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Ripple Effect: Enhancing Earthquake Resiliency along the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
ACEC

The Pacific Northwest lies within one of the most dangerous seismic zones in the world. The risks are enormous, but public officials and engineers are scrambling to enhance the region’s earthquake resiliency

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Transit Trends Episode 9: Shared Mobility and the Environment

Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Transit Trends Episode 9: Shared Mobility and the Environment

Transportation is now the number one contributor to climate emissions. So while we were in Chicago for the Shared Mobility Summit that the Shared-Use Mobility Center puts on every year, we met up with Kristen Pawling to discuss how shared mobility and technology plays a role in improving our emissions. Kristen is the Los Angeles Urban Solutions Coordinator for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Golden, CO: Tour a Wind Turbine

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Golden, CO: Tour a Wind Turbine

Get an exclusive and entertaining look inside of a wind turbine. Simon and Andy strap GoPro’s to their heads and guide you as they travel 270 feet up to the top of a turbine at the National Wind Technology Center in Golden, CO.

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Floating Foundations: A Game Changer for Offshore Wind Power

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Figure 1: Offshore wind floating foundation concepts

Today’s offshore wind turbines, rooted to the seabed by monopile or jacket foundations, are restricted to waters less than 50 metres deep. This rules out sites with the strongest winds and, often, access to big markets. Floating foundations, by eliminating the depth constraint and easing turbine set-up, could open the way for power generation from deeper waters.

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The Kern County Story: Utility-Scale Solar Energy in Southern California

Friday, December 16th, 2016
The Kern County Story: Utility-Scale Solar Energy in Southern California

As of December 2016, Recurrent Energy has nine operating solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across Kern County in Southern California. Community leaders discuss the impacts of utility-scale solar development and their experience working with Recurrent Energy.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Setting the Standard: the 4-Year-Old Envision Rating System is Becoming a Best Practices Model Industry Wide for Sustainable Infrastructure

Monday, December 12th, 2016
VHB used Envision as the framework for this 1-mile section of Greenough Boulevard along the bank of the Charles River from Cambridge to Watertown in Massachusetts. By narrowing the roadway (right), the reclaimed parkland reduces stormwater runoff and includes a tree-lined path that can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sustainable infrastructure was the focus of Envision, introduced in 2012 as a new rating system to promote best practices in planning, designing, building and maintaining public roads, bridges, tunnels, water systems and other civic entities…The Envision rating system addresses a full range of environmental, social and economic impacts of sustainability in project design, construction and operation. Labeled “credits,” these impacts are classified under five categories: quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk.

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As Large Public Projects Funded, Watch for Green Infrastructure Innovations

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Mary Scott Nabers, CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc.

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. After the November election, infrastructure reform is one of only a few topics that can be discussed with civility. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t conflicting opinions about how to fix the problems. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to infuse $1 trillion into infrastructure […]

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Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Figure S1: Possible paths for global power generation

Advances in wind power technologies continue to drive cost reduction and expansion into new markets. While onshore wind power is increasingly cost competitive against conventional power generation technologies, growing attention is being paid to technology development for off shore applications that open the door to sites with better wind resources. This combination of higher capacity factors and the availability of large-scale sites makes off shore wind an attractive alternative for utility-scale low-carbon electricity

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