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2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Table 1 Rate the importance of each of the following challenges to the water/wastewater/stormwater industry.

BLACK & VEATCH INSIGHTS GROUP
Many, if not all issues considered most important to the water industry in 2016 appear linked to funding and cost concerns – the cost of addressing outdated systems at a time when traditional revenue streams are drying up and the political cost of pitching rate cases or alternative financing strategies to skeptical stakeholders…Or, the cost of water as it’s widely perceived by the public, whose understanding of the resources needed to treat and deliver a safe supply may compete with the industry’s ever-growing – and deferred – maintenance bill.

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Oregon DOT: Planning for Tomorrow…Today!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Oregon DOT: Planning for Tomorrow…Today!

Learn why planning is an important step in the project delivery process and how the Oregon Department of Transportation works with local jurisdictions and other entities to reach a common solution when addressing a transportation challenge or opportunity.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: Engineering Excellence Awards

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
The 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry—showcased 151 ACEC Member Firm achievements from the United States and throughout the world…A panel of 29 judges, representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines, selected 24 projects for top awards—16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the Grand Conceptor Award, for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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New Energy Outlook 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Global installed capacity in 2012 and 2040 and projected capacity additions

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
Cheaper coal and cheaper gas will not derail the transformation and decarbonisation of the world’s power systems. By 2040, zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of installed capacity. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the 8.6TW of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years, and for almost 60% of the $11.4 trillion invested.

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Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth

Monday, June 20th, 2016
Figure 1: Growth of Subway Systems

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
BROWN UNIVERSITY
We investigate the relationship between the extent of a city’s subway network and its population, transit ridership and spatial configuration. To accomplish this investigation, for the 632 largest cities in the world we construct panel data describing population, total light, measures of centralization calculated from lights at night data, and the extent of each of the 138 subway systems in these cities. For a subset of these subway cities we also assemble panel data describing bus and subway ridership.

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The Economic Impacts of Railroads

Friday, June 17th, 2016
Freight Rail

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS
This report, the second in the Association of American Railroads’ State of the Industry series, for the first time ever, shares data that begin to quantify the freight railroad sector’s economic and fiscal impact. The findings underscore the fact that freight railroads trigger a powerful economic ripple effect across a myriad of U.S. industries.

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DOT Partnerships for Promoting Pollinator Habitat

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Summary of Respondents’ Partnership Programs

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
A print survey was distributed to 19 state DOTs expected to have experience with maintaining pollinator habitat on highway ROWs, or partnerships with volunteers to maintain roadside landscapes, to gather information about the development and management of such programs. Representatives from nine Minnesota counties also received the survey to assess pollinator-related activities within Minnesota.

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Closing the California Clean Energy Divide

Monday, June 13th, 2016
California Clean Energy: summary of findings

CLEAN ENERGY GROUP
CALIFORNIA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Figure 2.1: Greater Boston Roadway Composition by Road Type

A BETTER CITY
Based on our projections, the conclusion is pretty straightforward. As a region we must find ways to expand our infrastructure, enhance the efficiency with which we use it, and find ways to conserve energy, water, and open space in order to accommodate the population growth and expanded economic output we project through 2030. The complexity lies in determining which course to take and ultimately how to pay for it.

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Water Efficiency Management Strategies for Airports

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Exhibit 1. Types of facilities and end uses.

AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
As major consumers of water, airports have an obligation to be responsible environmental stewards in the community by increasing the efficiency of their water use and decreasing the amount of energy they spend to heat and pump that water. These changes can lower airports’ costs, improving the financial as well as the environmental sustainability of their operations.

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