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TAMEST Releases Shale Task Force Report

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
TAMEST Releases Shale Task Force Report

The TAMEST Shale Task Force report is an independent, comprehensive review of scientific research on the impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas by a diverse set of experts.

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Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
TAMEST - Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) convened a task force to prepare this report on the Texas shale development experience. This report covers the underlying science for six topic areas as it pertains to shale exploration and production activities: 1) geology and earthquake activity; 2) land resources; 3) air quality; 4) water quantity and quality; 5) transportation; and 6) economic and social impacts.

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New Hope on Climate Change – Narrated by William Shatner

Friday, July 14th, 2017
New Hope on Climate Change – Narrated by William Shatner

When it comes to the fight against climate change, there’s reason to be hopeful. America’s cities, companies, universities and individuals are leading the clean energy revolution—and momentum is on our side. When governments do less, we need to do more. Together we can make a difference and change climate change.

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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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California: South Coast Bike Share Feasibility Report

Friday, July 7th, 2017
Hub A: UCSB, Isla Vista (Santa Barbara County), and Goleta

This report is intended to be a starting point for further discussion and outreach among the public, stakeholders, local businesses, and local agencies to evaluate the efficacy of a local bikeshare system, ensure that the system is planned correctly and that all concerns are addressed adequately. The South Coast Bike Share Initiative conducted this feasibility study process over the course of 2016, thanks to generous support by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, Santa Barbara City College, and the University of California – Santa Barbara.

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Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Ever wonder why your water rates are going up, even though you’re using less? Good question! And one we’d love to answer.

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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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