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Guest on The Infra Blog: Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO, Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Mike Elmendorf, AGC NYS

Mike Elmendorf was named President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS), New York’s leading construction industry association, in February 2011.

“…there has been a number of bank settlements and other circumstances that have resulted in literally billions of dollars of found money arriving at the state treasury, and the result of that is that you’ve got a unique, really probably once in a lifetime opportunity to use those billions of dollars to make long-term significant investments in improving our infrastructure.”

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Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Something amazing is happening under a Sounder train bridge in Tacoma. See how Tacoma artist Diane Hansen turned an ordinary pedestrian passageway into a work of art. Her “Lock-On Tacoma” is part of Sound Transit’s art program, STart.

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The Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Electricity Generation and Water Use in Texas

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Figure 3. Baseline power generation fuel mix, where coal is gradually replaced by gas and wind power (Units = GWh/yr)

CNA CORPORATION
To determine how Texas could be affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP), we applied CNA’s Electricity-Water-Climate power sector model to evaluate the potential impacts. We find that under the CPP, the state will save water and reduce levels of conventional air pollutants. In addition, the state will be able to meet the policy’s targets with modest incremental effort even though electricity demand is expected to increase by 25 percent.

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Provo, UT: Documenting Dangerously High Smog Levels

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Provo, UT: Documenting Dangerously High Smog Levels

Through a series of hikes into the mountains, we set out to document through time-lapse, the Haze (CO2 Emissions) that plague our home town of Provo Utah.

A video by Jesse Myrick (USA) – Age Group 18-35

-Connect4Climate on Vimeo

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Transporting Crude Oil in New York State

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Table 1: Progress on Recommended Federal Actions

NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (NYSERDNA)
In recognition of the increased risk of accidents and public concerns associated with the significant volume of crude oil transported through New York State, on January 28, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 125 (EO 125), directing state agencies to immediately conduct a coordinated review of New York State’s crude oil incident prevention and response capacity.

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Arizona DOT: How to Get Tons of Snow and Ice Off the Roads

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Arizona DOT: How to Get Tons of Snow and Ice Off the Roads

Winter has yet to officially arrive— however storms have already delivered snow as far south as the Carolinas and throughout the northwest. Keeping roadways safe and passable during inclement weather is a top priority for every state department of transportation. This week on Transportation TV our State to State Video takes you behind the wheel of an Arizona Department of Transportation plow truck. See what it takes to move tons of snow and ice each year and learn how motorists can do their part to make roadways safer during winter.

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NYC: Celebrating 50 Years of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Monday, December 1st, 2014
NYC: Celebrating 50 Years of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Now celebrating its fiftieth year, MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened to the public on November 21, 1964.

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Colorado Moving Postcard: Big Thompson Canyon Drive

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Colorado Moving Postcard: Big Thompson Canyon Drive

The 33-mile drive through the Big Thompson Canyon along Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park is one of the most stunning drives in Colorado – with its winding road, tall granite walls and, of course, the rough water of the Big Thompson River.

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New York: 5-Year Funding Plan For Upstate & Downstate Transit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
TABLE 1: Upstate & Downstate Suburban Capital Needs

NEW YORK PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION, INC.
This report presents the infrastructure needs of urban area transit systems in Upstate New York and in Downstate Suburban Counties (other than the transit services operated by the MTA). There are over 100 transit systems that provide public transportation service outside New York City. These systems operate in nearly every county of the state and transport more than 550,000 people each day.

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Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College’s Impressive Solar Array

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College’s Impressive Solar Array

Bowdoin’s new solar panel complex — which includes a field of panels at the former Navy base and panels atop the Watson, Farley and Greason athletic buildings — went online in October. More than six times the size of the next largest existing solar project in Maine, this system will provide about 8% of the College’s electricity. SolarCity will install an additional 12-kW system on the new residence hall at 52 Harpswell Road later this year.

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