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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Delivering Urban Resilience

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Urban resilience - things low income communities have in common

CAPITAL E Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces across Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and El Paso to strengthen resilience, improve health and livability, reduce urban inequality, and slow global warming while saving billions of dollars. Executive Summary Cities can increase resilience, improve health and comfort, expand jobs and slow global warming through smart […]

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The Economist: Could Wooden Skyscrapers Be the Future for Cities?

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Wooden skyscrapers are an ambitious and innovative solution to the problems posed by urbanisation. Not only are they faster to build, they have smaller carbon footprints than high-rises made of concrete and steel.

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Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities

Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Electric Car Charging

The insights uncovered in Black & Veatch’s 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report demonstrate a growing awareness among communities and utilities that modern, digital infrastructure such as data collection networks, infrastructure automation and advanced communication systems are the key components of today’s smart city initiatives. It is only through these systems that cities and utilities can optimize operations to realize the promise of the smart city – and create a sustainable future.

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Government Construction Projects May Never Be the Same

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Construction firms interested in new business opportunities need only to look at where the disasters occurred in 2017.  But successful bidders will be companies that understand the importance of offering construction services with built-in resiliency. That’s the value proposition public officials are seeking in today’s marketplace.

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The State of Public & Private Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Survey: Are you looking to buy a plug-in vehicle in the next 12 months?

This report looks at the current state of the plug-in vehicle charging landscape within the context of the broader transition from internal combustion vehicles to plug-in vehicles. EVSE deployments and sales largely track with the sales of plug-in vehicles, so we will briefly touch on the broader transition to plug-in battery electric vehicles and how the transition is progressing around the world to set the stage for the EVSE discussion.

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Fresh Water Becoming Saltier Around the United States

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Fig. 1. Maps showing locations of increasing, decreasing, and/or no trends in specific conductance and pH in stream water throughout the continental United States. Streamlines represent all conterminous US rivers with mean annual discharge exceeding 20 m3 /s (47).

The freshwater salinization syndrome can increase risks to the safety of drinking water and infrastructure. Elevated salt levels in drinking water can contribute to hypertension in people on sodium-restricted diets and is of concern to people requiring kidney dialysis (9). Salinization and alkalinization influence the corrosivity of water, and this can affect leaching of metals from pipes carrying drinking water (9, 68).

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The Future of Equity in Cities: Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
The Future of Equity in Cities - Mobility and Infrastructure

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES In order to examine factors at the nexus of equity, mobility and technology, we analyzed long range transportation plans from the 50 largest U.S. cities. In 19 of these cities, there were up-to-date (adopted after 2010) municipal transportation plans available. The remaining plans in the analysis are regional long-range transportation plans. Mobility […]

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Walking the Walk for Sustainability

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
HDR - Washington, DC Office

In addition to providing solutions to meet client needs, member firms are creating their own facilities that demonstrate innovative sustainability.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Robert Bolton, Senior Vice President, Arcadis

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Robert Bolton, Senior Vice President, Arcadis

We looked at 100 cities on a global basis and not one US city made it into the top 20. The highest ranking city was New York City, and they came in at number 23. Probably the biggest challenge that all of the US cities face is the continued dependency on passenger-car travel. We don’t have nearly as well developed metro systems or transit systems for sharing or using alternative means–whether it’s walking or bicycles or other methods of getting around. That’s the big challenge for the US cities, is to look at how they go about diversifying their transportation options.

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City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

City Parks Alliance releases the latest video in the five-part series, “City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure,” focused on the role of linear parks in providing transportation options to city residents. Featuring Fairmount Park System in Philadelphia, PA, The 606 in Chicago, IL, and The Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, LA, this video share information on how the parks are providing commuter access to jobs and retail, as well as recreational walking and cycling needs.

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