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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management

Friday, August 18th, 2017
The Flood Green Guide

The Flood Green Guide organizes flood management methods into two categories: structural and non-structural. Structural methods involve physical changes to natural features or human infrastructure, including engineered (hard) methods (sometimes referred to as gray methods), such as dams or floodways, and natural and nature-based (soft) methods (sometimes referred to as green methods), such as wetland protection, upper watershed restoration or rain gardens.

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Just Transitions: How Coal Communities Can Outlive Coal

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Just Transitions: How Coal Communities Can Outlive Coal

The coal industry has been in decline for nearly a century. That’s good news, since it means less carbon and pollution. But there’s a catch: It can also means fewer jobs and tax revenue for coal communities…But, wait. There is a way to make moving on from coal a win-win proposition. Watch our video to see what happens when labor, environmental, and community groups come together to forge a path forward.

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Renewables on the Rise

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Renewables on the Rise

The last decade has proven that clean energy technology can power American homes, businesses and industry – and leaves America poised to dramatically accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels. With renewable energy prices falling and new energy-saving technologies coming on line every day, America should work to obtain 100 percent of our energy from clean, renewable sources.

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The Scoop on Stormwater

Friday, July 21st, 2017
The Scoop on Stormwater

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots in cities and their suburbs, the water cannot soak into the ground as it should. Stormwater drains through gutters, storm sewers, and other engineered collection systems and is discharged into nearby water bodies. The stormwater runoff carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape. Higher flows resulting from heavy rains also can cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.

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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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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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