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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

First Recipients of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

Friday, May 19th, 2017
First Recipients of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation congratulate the recipients of the first certifications under the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). The certification is designed to meet international best practice standards while supporting community-based job creation and establishing national standards for work on green infrastructure projects. For more information, please visit www.ngicp.org.

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Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
The courtyard of ECO Modern Flats in Fayetteville, Arkansas, prominently features green infrastructure, including a bioswale that filters runoff from parking areas. (Timothy Hursley)

Water abundance and scarcity are topics of increasing importance in cities across America. With growing concern about flooding, weather-induced overflows from sewer systems, and extreme storms, communities are seeking strategies to better manage stormwater runoff, improve local water quality, and decrease pressure on overloaded sewer systems. At the same time, water is increasingly recognized as a community resource, one that can be harnessed to make cities more sustainable and livable.

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Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Figure 2. Consumer Choices: cost-per-mile analysis9

We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles (AVs), 95% of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets, not individuals, in a new business model we call “transport-as-a-service” (TaaS). The TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.

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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
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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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The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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Climate Change Damages to Alaska Public Infrastructure

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Fig. 1. Alaska’s boroughs overlaid on a map of permafrost distribution across the state.

Climate change in Alaska is causing widespread environmental change that is damaging critical infrastructure. As climate change continues, infrastructure may become more vulnerable to damage, increasing risks to residents and resulting in large economic impacts.

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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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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Kurt Nagle, AAPA, on The Infra Blog

“…The activity that goes around seaports accounts for over a quarter of our U.S. economy, the GDP, so it’s an absolutely vital, critical piece of our economy. It accounts for over 23 million jobs and also, importantly, in these kind of tight fiscal times, that activity generates over $320 billion a year in local, state and federal tax revenue that hopefully then can also be utilized to strengthen and rebuild and modernize that infrastructure that allows for that activity.”

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