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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Ohio Statewide Transit Needs

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Figure 1: Ohio Transit Agencies Sources of Funding

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Changing cultural preferences for transportation are evident from both younger (millennials) and older generations (baby boomers). A large portion of these populations express a desire to live in communities that are bikeable, walkable and have transit.

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Wind Energy Helps Build a More Reliable and Balanced Electricity Portfolio

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
U.S. Wind Energy Share of Electricity Generation by State During 2013

AMERICAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
Some of the most common questions about wind energy focus on how wind can be reliably integrated into the power system. A key source of confusion is that, contrary to most people’s intuitive experience that winds are variable and electricity demand and supply is stable, the opposite is actually true at the grid operator scale. The following report answers 15 of the most frequently asked questions with lessons learned from grid operators’ experiences reliably integrating large amounts of wind. Concise answers to these questions are provided here in the executive summary, while citations and explanations of the supporting data and analysis for those answers can be found by following the hyperlinks to the relevant sections of the full report below.

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STREETFILMS: Ten Awesome Transportation “Best Practices” from Ten Great Cities!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
STREETFILMS: Ten Awesome Transportation “Best Practices” from Ten Great Cities!

Up front: Streetfilms has hardly travelled everywhere on the globe, but of the places we have been here are ten cities and the great things they do to make a livable city. Now just imagine a city that did all ten of these things really well!

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Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Table ES-1. Summary of FCEB Performance Compared to DOE/FTA Targets

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY
This report, published annually, summarizes the progress of fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) development in the United States and discusses the achievements and challenges of introducing fuel cell propulsion in transit.

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Reliability

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Figure 1 Application of BSER for 2030 CO2 Emissions Rate Standards by State

THE BRATTLE GROUP
The United States (“U.S.”) power system is undergoing a fundamental transformation, largely driven by advances in technology and low natural gas prices. This transformation is putting significant pressure on existing coal-fired and even nuclear generation, increasingly leads to renewable energy resources being cost-competitive with fossil-fired generation, and results in myriad choices for consumers that promise to permanently alter the role of demand in the power system. As a consequence, the fuel mix and associated emissions of the U.S. power system are changing rapidly, as are the actions taken by system operators to manage the quickly evolving electric system.

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ASCE: The Role of Civil Engineers in Creating Sustainable Communities

Friday, February 13th, 2015
ASCE: The Role of Civil Engineers in Creating Sustainable Communities

Creating Sustainable Communities: The Role of the Civil Engineer – Part II

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Cabazon, CA: Nestlé Sets Up a Wind Turbine

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Cabazon, CA: Nestlé Sets Up a Wind Turbine

Nestlé Waters North America’s contribution to the CSV Film Festival Season 2
Category: Environmental Performance

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Urban Infrastructure Insights

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
The infrastructure and services in the city where I principally live or work are...

FCC CITIZEN SERVICES
THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT

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EPA: Technology Promotes Environmental Protection

Friday, January 30th, 2015
EPA: Technology Promotes Environmental Protection

EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center is an environmental forensic center. NEIC scientists work with a variety of technologies to monitor, collect data and analyze pollutants in the environment to better understand the threat to human health and ecosystems. Advanced technologies provide tools for scientists to measure, sometimes in near real-time, pollutants emitted from both large and small sources that can adversely affect entire communities.

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Going Solar in America: Ranking Solar Value to Consumers

Monday, January 26th, 2015
Overall City Rankings

Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. However, our analysis shows that, in 46 of America’s 50 largest cities, a fully-financed, typically-sized solar PV system is a better investment than the stock market, and in 42 of these cities, the same system already costs less than energy from a residential customer’s local utility…So why aren’t more Americans investing in solar? There is a clear information gap, and with this report, we intend to open the eyes of average homeowners by showing that solar can generate both significant monthly savings and long-term investment value, and not infrequently, cost less than energy from some of America’s largest electric utilities.

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