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Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Clean Water Strong Communities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Clean Water Strong Communities

Water utilities are investing millions, even billions, to clean up our water. Yet our water infrastructure is essentially invisible and its value often goes unnoticed by consumers and ratepayers. Community benefit strategies and green infrastructure help water utilities translate the value of their work and in the process they make our communities stronger.

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Transportation Futures: Policy Scenarios for Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Table 1. Fuel Economy and GHG Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The goal of this study was to examine various policy options that can achieve large-scale reductions by 2040, based on the current time frame of Annual Energy Outlook forecasts. Existing regulations on light-duty vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions are leading to rapid decreases in emissions. New heavy-duty fuel economy standards will also soon take effect. These are supplemented by the renewable fuel standard. But these efforts are unlikely to be sufficient to meet what will be challenging reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the next 30 years. This study examined the degree to which three key travel-demand policies—road pricing, directing new population growth to more compact areas, and increasing the level of transit service—could contribute to reductions within this time frame.

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Urban Sustainability: Saving the Earth with Sustainable Cities

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Urban sustainability: Saving the earth with sustainable cities

For the first time ever, more people live in the world’s cities than in rural regions, and most population growth is occurring in urban areas. This trend points to the need for urban sustainability which uses green building practices and creative city planning to help reduce environmental damage. Cities may seem to be a threat to the environment since they generate more than three-quarters of carbon emissions globally; however, the concentration of so many people and vehicles in one place may also offer a chance to solve problems, whether in transport systems, fuel economy or urban planning.

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Atlanta, GA: Innovation Report

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Atlanta Streetcar

CITY OF ATLANTA INNOVATION DELIVERY TEAM
All across our city, we are making remarkable progress to ensure that Atlanta continues to be the capital of the Southeast. From forging public-private partnerships and developing initiatives that support our youth, to launching the world’s first 311 system on the cloud, the work we are doing in Atlanta is not only moving our city forward, but is setting a standard for cities nationwide.
-Mayor Kasim Reed

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Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Currently the City of Providence is unable to manage all of the rain it receives. Every year, stormwater carries an unhealthy amount of pollution into our waterways and causes flooding in our streets and basements. Much of Providence’s system of storm drains, catch basins and underground pipes hails back to the 19th century, when the city had far fewer buildings and much less pavement. Today, Providence has developed into a thriving city with around 180,000 inhabitants. As the city continues to grow, we need to search for new solutions that allow us to manage our stormwater while protecting our communities and environment.

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East Hartford, CT: Brownfields Riverfront Revitalization

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
East Hartford, CT: Brownfields Riverfront Revitalization

Goodwin College used EPA Brownfields funding from several sources to address and clean up the contaminated Connecticut River sites. It is now a vibrant campus that also allows the entire community access to the Connecticut River.

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Infographic: The Climate Risks of Natural Gas

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
The Climate Risks of Natural Gas

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

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How Offshore Wind Farms Could Tame Hurricanes

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
How Offshore Wind Farms Could Tame Hurricanes

Computer simulations by Professor Mark Z. Jacobson have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.-StanfordUniversity on YouTube

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Charles City, IA: From Flooded Property to Valuable Asset

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Charles City, IA: From Flooded Property to Valuable Asset

After years of fighting against the often-flooded Cedar River, Charles City used land acquired through Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyouts to create an inviting riverfront park with a whitewater course. Capitalizing on the river’s natural features to help prevent future flooding, Charles City turned the river from an obstacle into an ecological and social benefit. Members of the community were involved in the park’s design and construction. Riverfront Park is a model of how to strategically use flooded properties to create a sustainable and economically valuable amenity.

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Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

OPENLANDS PROJECT
CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of land and water that supports native species, maintains natural and ecological processes, sustains air and water resources, and contributes to the health and quality of life of people and communities…The need to protect the region’s green infrastructure is greater than ever. Rapid changes in land use, increases in non-native species, and other threats imperil the region’s natural heritage. Green infrastructure should serve as the strategic framework for conservation and development so that linkages and key natural areas can be preserved before development occurs.

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