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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Blueprint 2025: Visionary Leadership Building Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Blueprint 2025: Visionary Leadership Building Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Infrastructure is our vision for the future, creating growth and opportunities for our children and grandchildren. This idea of vision, where we are going and why, is crucial; the leadership to get there and to bring everyone together to build a great project (and all projects, like all children, are great) is what we celebrate with the Leadership Forum.

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Got climate related services or solutions? If so, state and local officials are looking for you!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Alternative Energy

The federal government may not like the Paris Climate Agreement, but state and local elected officials do. This past weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted a large number of mayors who reiterated their commitment to the partnership agreement. These officials visiting Florida for the U.S. Conference of Mayors represent the Climate Mayors, a bipartisan organization that was organized in 2014. The group now boasts 331 mayors representing 65 million Americans. The membership includes mayors from the 10 largest cities in the U.S., including traditional energy hubs such as Houston and Dallas.

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Electricity Markets, Reliability and the Evolving U.S. Power System

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Figure 1 Shares of Total U.S. Net Generation by Fuel: 2005 vs. 2016

Fundamental market forces — the addition of highly efficient new gas-fired resources, low natural gas prices, and flat demand for electricity — are primarily responsible for altering the profitability of many older merchant generating assets in the parts of the country with wholesale competitive markets administered by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). As a result, some of these resources (mostly coal- and natural gas-fired generating units, but also many oil-fired power plants and a handful of nuclear power plants) have retired from the system or announced that they will do so at a future date.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Ranking Sustainability: What U.S. Cities Can Learn From European Peers

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
2016 Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index

What about North American cities? The index found they have a lot to learn from their international peers. Vancouver was the continent’s leader at 23rd in the overall ratings, while U.S. cities failed to enter the top quartile. The closest contender was New York City at 26th place…Infrastructure differences help explain why European cities outpaced U.S. and Canadian counterparts. Many European urban centers were settled before the automobile age and, as a result, are densely settled and supported by well-established public transportation systems. However, many American cities outside the Northeast grew with automobiles in mind. “Carcentric designs can lead to urban sprawl and a large carbon footprint, with enormous costs,” Dalkmann says. “Those are fundamental challenges for U.S. cities in terms of sustainability.”

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Nurturing Innovation for a Low-Carbon Future

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Nurturing Innovation for a Low-Carbon Future

Renewable energy innovation is starting to really change gears. In the last couple of years, most of the new power generation capacity added has been renewable.

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Unpacked: Why does the U.S. need energy innovation?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Unpacked: Why does the U.S. need energy innovation?

Brookings Senior Fellow Mark Muro and Devashree Saha discuss the declining number of patents and ventures capital funds going to clean technology in the United States. They also explain why investing in energy innovation is important for the U.S. economy and fighting climate change.

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Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

The world is on the cusp of three revolutions in transportation: vehicle electrification, automation, and widespread shared mobility (sharing of vehicle trips). Separately or together, these revolutions will fundamentally change urban transportation around the world over the next three decades.

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Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Cities and local communities play an integral role in driving energy efficiency throughout the United States. The cities of Atlanta and Boston are energy efficiency leaders, achieving great success in energy saving and energy management creating energy efficient buildings in their cities, both municipal and commercial. Can the two cities; both on the east coast but with completely different climates help each other think differently about ways to save energy?

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Streetfilms: NYC Gets a Car-Free Broadway for Earth Day 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Streetfilms: NYC Gets a Car-Free Broadway for Earth Day 2017

This year for NYC’s 2nd Car-Free NYC Earth Day, things picked up considerably from last year’s inaugural event. The big spectacle was that you could walk or bike up Broadway from Union Square all the way to Times Square on car-free streets. But in a way since the Science March was already coming down Broadway to 47th street from the north, many people were able to traverse it all the way to Columbus Circle.

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017
America

AMERICAN RIVERS The America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is one of the best-known and longest-lived annual reports in the environmental movement. Each year since 1984, grassroots river conservationists have teamed up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers, consistently scoring policy successes that benefit these rivers and the communities through […]

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