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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Nashville, TN: The NashvilleNext Comprehensive Plan

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Nashville, TN: The NashvilleNext Comprehensive Plan

NashvilleNext, a three-year regional planning effort providing a 25-year vision for Metro Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, has been named recipient of the American Planning Association’s (APA) prestigious 2016 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.

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Greening Harlem

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
New Harlem Lane Redesign Concept

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FOUNDATION
Harlem, NY is a neighborhood that has many opportunities: it is vibrant, historic, rich in art and culture, and located in the nation’s financial and cultural capital. At the same time, poverty, unemployment, displacement, and a lack of green space are all challenges that need to be met.

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Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Boost Economic Growth

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
Active transportation was, until recently, the forgotten mode of travel. However, in recent years, investments in infrastructure that accommodates those who walk and ride bicycles have begun to reshape communities. Sometimes called “nonmotorized transportation,” active transportation involves human-powered activity, primarily walking and bicycling.

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Key Wind Energy Accomplishments

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Achieving 35% wind energy by 2050

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program is committed to helping the nation secure cost-competitive sources of renewable energy through the development and deployment of innovative wind power technologies. By investing in improvements to wind plant design, technology development, and operation as well as developing tools to identify the highest quality wind resources, the Wind Program serves as a leader in making wind energy technologies more competitive with traditional sources of energy and a larger part of our nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

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Richmond, VA: Bicycle Infrastructure Report

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Total Bikeway Miles By Year

BIKE WALK RVA
THE FUTURE OF BICYCLING IN THE RICHMOND REGION LOOKS BRIGHT. New plans for building a network of bikeways in the region provide a strong foundation for connecting people of all ages and abilities who want or need to ride a bike.

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What’s Happening Now at ASCE

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
What’s Happening Now at ASCE

Here’s a recap of what’s happening now at ASCE. From a summit on sustainability, to the New Faces of Civil Engineering, to career advice from an expert and more. Watch and learn the latest Society news.

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Low-Income Solar Policy Guide

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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GRID ALTERNATIVES
VOTE SOLAR
CENTER FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION
There are many effective policy tools for supporting solar adoption among consumers at large, and nearly all of them help expand low-income access to solar power to some extent. However, fully enabling low-income solar participation requires policies and programs that are specifically designed to address the unique barriers faced by these communities. This guide provides an overview of those barriers, as well as underlying principles for successful programs, existing policy tools that can be used to create programs, and examples of state and local models that have successfully improved access.

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What’s Next in Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
What’s Next in Fort Worth, TX

Learn more about projects underway in Fort Worth’s Near Southside!

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RESTORE: Commercial And Mixed-Use Development Trends In The Rocky Mountain West

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Mixed-Use Development - Rocky Mountain West

SONORAN INSTITUTE

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Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger

Friday, March 18th, 2016
Figure 1: Energy Storage Strengthens Distributed Grid Components

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Distributed energy resources allow electricity to be generated closer to where it is used, protecting businesses and institutions from unexpected outages caused by natural disasters and other disruptions. The U.S. national laboratories as well as public-private partnerships provide financial resources and access to research facilities to foster innovations to modernize the power sector from a 100-year-old centralized system to one that incorporates disparate clean technologies such as microgrids, batteries, and energy smart tools. These investments and the resulting new products and capabilities decrease costs, improve grid reliability, reduce emissions, and offer consumers more options.

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