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The Urban Infrastructure Initiative: Final Report

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Figure 2: Growth of proportion of the population residing in urban areas by region (1950 to 2050)

Today, more than half of the planet’s inhabitants are living in urban areas. By 2050, more than 70 % of the global population will live in cities. The scale and pace of urbanization in the coming decades is unprecedented in human history. The battle for sustainable development will therefore be won and lost in cities. Cities already consume up to 80 % of global material and energy supplies and produce around 75 % of carbon emissions. With current energy- and resource-intensive modes of urban development, the addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050 is likely to significantly exceed the ecological carrying capacity of the planet.

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Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Infrastructure 2014

HOW DO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS—who could pursue opportunities regionally, nationally, or internationally—think about infrastructure? How do city leaders use infrastructure investments to position their cities for real estate investment and economic development? What role does infrastructure play relative to other economic development strategies? And are public and private perceptions and priorities aligned—or do they diverge, and in what ways? These were the central questions for Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City, the eighth in an annual series of reports examining infrastructure trends and issues by ULI and EY.

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As the Highway Trust Fund Runs Low on Cash, States Come to the Rescue with Creative Funding Initiatives

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 5
With federal transportation spending outpacing tax receipts by some $1.25 billion/month, the cash balance of the Federal Highway Trust is drawing perilously close to the point where the U.S Department of Transportation will be obliged to institute cash management strategies—such as reimbursing states weekly rather than on a daily basis— to keep the Trust Fund account solvent. Based on current spending and revenue trends, this point —a cash balance of $4 billion—may be reached as early as late July according to some estimates.

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TOD Standard

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Transi-Oriented Development

The TOD Standard, built on the rich experience of many organizations around the world including our own, addresses development that maximizes the benefits of public transit while firmly placing the emphasis back on the users — people. We call this form of design “transit-oriented development” (TOD), and it marks a key difference from transit-adjacent development, which is simply development located next to transit corridors and stations.

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The Future of Mobile Data

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Figure 2. Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast by Region

Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 18 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000. One exabyte of traffic traversed the global Internet in 2000, and in 2013 mobile networks carried nearly 18 exabytes of traffic.

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Motorcoach Census: Size and Activity of the Motorcoach Industry

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Selected Results of Motorcoach Census 2013

Motorcoach Census 2013 is a study commissioned by the American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) to measure the size and activity of the motorcoach transportation service industry in the United States and Canada in 2012. The study provides information on the scope and impact of the motorcoach industry that builds upon earlier census research.

In 2012, the motorcoach industry in the United States and Canada consisted of 3,954 companies that operated 39,607 motorcoaches. In the United States, 3,623 companies operated 35,354 motorcoaches and, in Canada, 331 companies operated 4,253 motorcoaches.

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Streetfilms: The Power of Bicycling (Get Psyched)

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Streetfilms: The Power of Bicycling (Get Psyched)

This has been the worst winter of my adult life. And if you live most places in the United States you’d probably agree. Between the extreme below-average temperatures and the constant barrage of snowstorms, it’s made cycling outdoors a rough proposition – even for the intrepid.

To attempt to lift my spirits, I started browsing archived Streetfilms bike b-roll from all over the world, and I could feel my mood instantly change. We’ve certainly been lucky to shoot in great bicycle places in beautiful weather and that magic of bike love easily translates via the camera. So I thought maybe I should share some of that joy and get some of you to look forward to the Spring with this hasty assembled montage.

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Power Surge: Department of Defense and Energy Security

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Defense defines installation energy security as the ability to assure access to reliable sources of energy and deliver that power to meet operational needs on its bases in the United States and abroad. The U.S. military needs safe, secure, reliable, and affordable energy to operate facilities on an uninterrupted basis. To meet essential power requirements, defense leaders have initiated far-reaching steps to harness advanced technologies capable of conserving energy, enabling on-site production from renewable sources, and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

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February 26-28, 2014: Attend the 7th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
February 26-28, 2014: Attend the 7th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum

The 7th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum will take place in New York City, February 26 – 28, 2014. The Forum – a strategic projects marketplace – focuses on the 2014 Strategic Top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects. The Leadership Forum structure is a unique, dynamic and interactive platform for 500+ executives from the public and private sectors to participate in a series of rapid project presentations, private meetings & deal sessions, leading keynotes, deep-dive workshops and networking events.

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Climate Change Timeline in Haiku And Watercolor

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Greg Johnson: 19 Climate Change Watercolors and Haiku

Thanks to oceanographer Greg Johnson, you don’t have to read all 2,000 pages of this recent IPCC report to get up to speed on climate change. Outlining the full scope of climate change, from history and causes to possible solutions, Johnson’s 19 hand-painted watercolor images and haiku convey the spirit of the IPCC report in full color without the dense jargon and statistics.

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