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US scores D+ in infrastructure report card

March 13, 2017 by Construction Dive

The mark from the American Society of Civil Engineers remains unchanged from 2013, but the amount needed to repair infrastructure has risen by $1 trillion.[read more]

How to get the most out of grid modernization, in 5 simple steps

March 13, 2017 by Utility Dive

A new paper offers guidelines for designing and evaluating expensive utility modernization proposals[read more]

How to mitigate odor issues amid the growth of organics processing

March 10, 2017 by Waste Dive

As residents and regulators push back on high-profile facilities, industry professionals say community engagement is key.[read more]

Activity-based workplace design boosts employee well-being

March 10, 2017 by Construction Dive

A new white paper from New York–based architecture and planning firm Perkins Eastman and Ontario, Canada–based Three H Furniture Systems outlines the health and worker productivity benefits of activity-based workplace design.[read more]

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office

March 9, 2017 by Utility Dive

More details on energy policy continue to trickle out of the White House, with Bloomberg reporting that an upcoming budget for the Department of Energy will cut $700 million or more from an office focused on clean energy technology.[read more]

De-Prioritizing the Car

March 9, 2017 by Roy Symons

 Almost every community planning document stresses the need to achieve a mode-shift away from the private automobile towards a more sustainable and equitable transportation network. That's easy if you're starting from scratch, but in established locations less so. With endless money and no regard for neighboring residents, it's...[read more]

VA considers energy-efficiency update to residential building code

March 8, 2017 by Construction Dive

Efforts to make energy-efficiency updates to Virginia’s residential new construction code are facing pushback from homebuilders who say the changes will raise the cost to build.[read more]

Please Be Seated

March 8, 2017 by City Parks Blog

The good news is that benches aren’t the only seating possibility in our parks and public spaces.[read more]

10 Common Ground Principles for Affordable Housing

March 7, 2017 by Jillian Glover

Paul Kershaw, co-founder of Generation Squeeze, speaking at an affordability rally on the steps of Vancouver Art Gallery on May 24, 2015 When it comes to affordable housing, what can we all agree needs to be done?Last year, Generation Squeeze brought together a group of housing sector leaders in Vancouver to take a big picture approach...[read more]

Leeds’ Urban Renewal Brings Trees to the City CentreSilva Cell Case Study

March 7, 2017 by Leda Marritz

The City of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is the second largest legal and financial center in the UK, as well as one of its most rapidly growing cities. In recent years, Leeds’ City Council has undertaken major urban renewal and redevelopment initiatives to help strengthen the local economy and to continue to develop the city as a...[read more]

The Creative Culture of Parks: Moving from Pop-ups to Permanent

March 6, 2017 by City Parks Blog

Can pop-up parks and public space projects trigger investment in new public parks? Is there a role for community-generated projects in the formal planning process?[read more]

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Green Building: How Heavy Construction Can Be Eco-Conscious

March 6, 2017 by Brooke Chaplan

Since recycling can save businesses money, other environmentally friendly construction practices are becoming increasingly popular across the globe.[read more]

Turning Trash Talk into Action: A Story of Ibadan, Nigeria

March 3, 2017 by Ivan Bruce

A new blog analyzes Ibadan’s solid waste problem and the ways in which local government can leverage the private sector to create a better waste removal and management system.[read more]

The Placemaking Factor in Philanthropy and Funding

March 3, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Place defines who we are as individuals and as a society who we are or what we want, as much as our social networks and political beliefs.[read more]

MIT startup Sistine Solar debuts camouflaging photovoltaics

March 2, 2017 by Construction Dive

Rooftop photovoltaic systems have long faced the challenge of melding efficacy and aesthetics, with the former usually winning out over the latter. A new startup out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is tackling that disparity with a PV panel system that blends into the roof.[read more]

Top 5 Ways to Insulate Your Green Home

March 2, 2017 by Greenhouse Gnome

Not all insulation is created equal. Some insulation might get an A for fire prevention, but receive Fs in health and safety thanks to its chemical components. Others may be easy on your energy bill but hard on the environment.Over the years, great strides have been made in terms of green insulation. Today, homeowners have several...[read more]

Analysis: Clean Power Plan repeal could cost $600B, result in 120,000 premature deaths

March 1, 2017 by Utility Dive

Repealing the Clean Power Plan would have significant impacts on the United States' economy and the health of its citizens.[read more]

“Sustainability” as a Doily

March 1, 2017 by Josephine Ellis

There are words, such as those that we use to apply to marginalized groups, which keep on falling out of use and being replaced, as we shun the stigmatized word rather than changing the stigma which it evokes. Then there are words which, because they carry positive connotations, are applied within a gradually expanding range. This...[read more]

Organics may offer most growth potential for creating renewable energy from waste

February 28, 2017 by Waste Dive

Combustion remains steady, but most of the action right now is in RNG.[read more]

LID Design Considerations for an Uncertain Climate Future

February 28, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Historically, the best way to plan for future storms has been to look at the past. Significant effort has been put into to developing long-term rainfall records, and many of the most complex stormwater models are designed to run simulations that represent decades of rainfall data. But a changing climate means that storm patterns are...[read more]

Pushing for scalability, utilities look to new hybrid models for microgrid deployment

February 27, 2017 by Utility Dive

Microgrids are a hot topic in the power sector, but for years utilities have struggled to devise business models that allow deployment at a larger scale.[read more]

We Can’t Ignore the Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 2)

February 27, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Gore and leading scientists discussed key areas where climate change is expected to cause major human health impacts (due to time constraints, they left out discussing animal and plant health).[read more]

Full steam ahead: Why transit hub development is seeing a resurgence

February 24, 2017 by Construction Dive

Major hubs like Union Station in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania Station in New York City and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia are taking stock and ordering up hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in facelifts not only to expand traveler capacity but to look good doing it.[read more]

We Can’t Ignore the Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 1)

February 24, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Aedes aegypti mosquito, a carrier of the Zika virus / James Gathany / CDCThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organized a three-day conference on climate and health. As the Trump administration took power, the conference was abruptly canceled. So former Vice President Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project, former...[read more]

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Eco-Internet: 5 Ways Energy Efficiency Can Be Promoted Online

February 23, 2017 by Dixie Somers

In this day and age, most people understand the importance of being eco-friendly. However, they may not realize how many different options are at their disposal.[read more]

3 Ways Green Business Initiatives Can Save Companies Money

February 23, 2017 by Brooke Chaplan

Going green doesn't just benefit the environment. Green initiatives can save companies money, reduce their carbon footprint, and greatly improve their reputation.[read more]

California lawmaker proposes to raise renewables mandate to 100% by 2045

February 23, 2017 by Utility Dive

A bill, SB 584, introduced in the California legislature last week would increase the state’s current 50%-by-2030 renewables mandate to 100% by 2045.[read more]

Report: Trump executive orders to target Clean Power Plan, coal production, water rules

February 22, 2017 by Utility Dive

Following several media reports that the new Trump administration has been preparing to roll back energy and environmental restrictions put in place by President Obama[read more]

Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

Feds delay $650M grant for CA rail electrification project

February 21, 2017 by Construction Dive

California commuter rail agency Caltrain will have to wait a little bit longer to find out if the Federal Transit Administration will come through with a $647 million grant to help it electrify a San Francisco Bay Area train system[read more]