Shell International Exploration & Production Company, Inc. selected Black & Veatch to perform engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on a new microgrid system at Shell’s Technology Center in Houston.
Park City Municipal Corporation recently selected CH2M to design a new water treatment facility set to create lasting improvements in the Utah mountain community.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting 12 projects in nine states to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has taken a significant step toward the potential development of what would be one of the world’s largest water recycling programs.
Researchers recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater each year into area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.
STV earned top honors from the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter for the firm’s role in the restoration and expansion of Rowan University’s downtown Camden campus.
On July 6th, The Harman Group, a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, celebrated the groundbreaking of the residential tower portion of 700 Jackson Street, a 14-story mixed-use building, located in Hoboken, N.J.
Leading wind measurement experts gathered in London claimed that LiDARs have been replacing met masts to become the sole wind measurement tool used for offshore resource assessment and power curve verification purposes.
Researchers at MIT and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia have devised a robotic system that can detect leaks at a rapid pace and with high accuracy.
Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) board approved two projects – one that will establish a wetland mitigation bank to offset environmental impacts from construction or development projects, and another to pursue transit oriented development.
Safer historic buildings and more jobs for the timber industry are the goals of a partnership between an Oregon State University structural engineering researcher and a newly formed nonprofit group in Corvallis, Oregon.
Despite a plethora of alternative transportation modes — buses, trains, bicycles — city dwellers are driving more miles than ever, according to University of Michigan researchers.
A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.
The Central 70 Project will remove the 53-year old I-70 viaduct in central Denver, lower a section of I-70 below grade, and construct a 4-acre park over the interstate in the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.
The Chicago market claimed the top spot with 66 percent of its space qualified as green certified according to the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University.
In partnership with the UK’s University of Lancaster, aerial mapping company Bluesky launched a tool that can be used to predict the likelihood of trees falling on essential infrastructure.
For their commitment to environmental responsibility and its leadership in the Long Island Business community on issues related to responsible design and construction the firm of H2M architects + engineers received the 2017 Theodore Roosevelt Preservation Award from Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement review (DEIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project
EPA announced the rules for the 6th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition open to U.S. colleges and universities.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District selected the joint venture team of CH2M and Burns & McDonnell as one of six firms to share an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support BUILDER Sustainment Management System (SMS) facility condition assessment services globally.
Swiss researchers from the National Research Programme “Resource Wood” have developed a type of concrete that largely consists of wood.
MWH Treatment has focused on creating a behavioral safety culture within its design teams to support and compliment the more conventional on-site safety practices during construction.
The City and County of Denver and the Regional Transportation District (RTD), with support from CH2M, will kick off the downtown 16th Street Mall alternative analysis and environmental clearance effort to determine the future of the 1.2-mile corridor.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Urban Street Stormwater Guide provides practitioners, leaders, and other advocates with the tools to design streets for successful stormwater management.
The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA), which represents U.S. and Canadian manufacturers of PVC pipe, announced completion of the first comprehensive environmental and performance review of water and sewer pipes in North America.
State department of transportation projects that restored essential highways following devastating landslides and improved safety for motorists and wildlife are among the winners in the western regional America’s Transportation Awards competition.
Cities across the country are showing leadership in promoting renewable electricity, low-carbon transportation, and energy efficiency, according to preliminary results of a survey jointly conducted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).
Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science on earthquake hazards was a critical component to this analysis.
The Florida Water Environment Association recently chose the Central Pasco County Beneficial Water Reuse Project, the 4G Wetlands, as its 2016 David W. York Water Reuse Project of the Year Award-winner.
A comprehensive resiliency plan to reduce risk from storm damage on the New Jersey shore included pumping 1.4 million cubic yards of sand on 1.6 miles of beach in Elberon and Deal, N.J., as well as modification to six stormwater outfalls and two groins.
New Energy Outlook 2017, the latest long-term forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), shows earlier progress than its equivalent a year ago toward decarbonization of the world’s power system.
Thornton Tomasetti announced that its Los Angeles office at 707 Wilshire Blvd. achieved LEED v2009 Commercial Interiors (CI) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
State leaders shared Michigan’s draft Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie — a targeted approach for improving water quality and helping to prevent algal blooms.
Registration is now open for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reselected CH2M to provide planning and design services for their civil works program.
Local high school students installed a rainwater management garden on the grounds of W.B. Saul High School as part of an innovative STEM education partnership between CH2M and The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program.
In advance of the summer solstice (June 21), buildings around the world are turning off their lights for an hour as part of Daylight Hour.
A new concept proposes to provide food, energy and water resources for the world’s growing population by combining systems that simultaneously use different parts of sunlight’s spectrum to produce crops, generate electricity, collect heat and purify water.
EPA produced a guide to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies to promote the use of green infrastructure on park lands.
More than half of water utility leaders globally have yet to embrace innovation and risk missing out on important “sustainability dividends,” according to a new Arcadis report.
A new wave of drilling activity in the hydraulic fracturing sector has kick-started demand for water management solutions in a sector that was lagging less than a year ago.
The Framework Project, LLC received approval for a building permit allowing construction of the first wood, high-rise structure in the U.S.
EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received letters of interest from prospective borrowers in communities across 19 states.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced a year-long initiative, Green Light for Great Streets, to identify the factors that slow the implementation of transformative transportation projects in cities
Following the June 1 announcement from President Donald Trump that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord a number of engineering firms, building groups, and higher education organizations issued press releases offering their responses.
Research out of the University of New Hampshire has found that some roads, as far as two miles from the shore, are facing a new hazard that currently cannot be seen by drivers — rising groundwater caused by increasing ocean water levels.
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program.
Formula E announced its partnership with McLaren Engineering Group, a full-service engineering firm, Brooklyn-based general contractor D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp., New York City Economic Development Corporation, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the buildout of the inaugural New York City ePrix racetrack.
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) signed an agreement in principle to form a Canadian joint venture called Green Business Certification Inc. Canada.
A new report provides a blueprint for how to design and launch a feasible and operable “Internet of Water” — a network of interconnected data producers, hubs, and users — that will enable connecting and transmitting water-related data and information in real-time.
The Bureau of Land Management issued a Finding of No New Significant Impacts and a Decision Record after completing the second of two site-specific Environmental Assessments covering Phase I of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) Wind Energy Project.
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to postpone compliance dates for the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for steam electric power plants (ELG Rule), which was published in November 2015.
The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District celebrated the grand opening of its Northern Treatment Plant. Planned since 1982, the new $417 million facility is one of the most advanced in the western United States.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for technical experts to serve on its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a federal advisory committee to the Office of Research and Development (ORD).
Honeywell selected CH2M for remedial construction management at the Quanta Resources Corporation Superfund site. The site, located in Edgewater, N.J., is one of the largest in-situ stabilization remediation projects of its kind.
America’s wind power workforce installed 908 utility-scale turbines in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 2,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity. This is the wind industry’s strongest start in eight years.
An updated Disaster Resilience Scorecard helps cities and local government agencies improve their preparedness and reduce risks from disasters.
Thornton Tomasetti announced that One John Street, a 12-story, 42-unit luxury residential building in Brooklyn, N.Y., achieved LEED v2009 BD+C Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced that the Popponesset Spit, Mashpee, Mass., is a winner of its 2017 Best Restored Beach Award.
The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) decided to suspend a controversial Obama Administration proposal requiring the tracking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation improvements.
Michael Baker International completed activities to promote environmental awareness and increase participation and engagement in the solid waste and recycling programs at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, N.C.
The Federal Highway Administration recognized two HDR projects with biennial Environmental Excellence Awards.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Global Designing Cities Initiative launched the Global Street Design Guide.
EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received an additional $8 million for credit subsidy in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
Building Resilient States: Profiles in Action highlights local, regional, and statewide efforts to build more resilient communities from the ground up.
Balfour Beatty achieved a world first by being the first company to complete the ISO 20400 assessment, the 2017 international standard for sustainable procurement.
A group of 50 industry experts, including CH2M, came together from backgrounds in water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, to develop a regional shared vision for the future of water infrastructure in the Northwest.
RPS Klotz Associates garnered a Silver Medal in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2017 Texas Engineering Excellence Awards for its environmental report as part of the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s Storm Surge Suppression Study.
The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Record of Decision for the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel Project, concluding the environmental review process.
The National Park Service (NPS), Department of the Interior awarded Michael Baker International a five-year, $30 million contract to provide environmental and safety management services to all seven regions of the Park Service
The University of Pittsburgh this summer has designed a new Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE) program.
Following hundreds of public meetings and thousands of public comments, California released the final, refined environmental documents for WaterFix, an essential effort to modernize the State’s water infrastructure.
A new ASTM International standard will help manufacturing plants better recycle returned fresh concrete, supporting the growth in sustainable construction practices.
Louis Berger surpassed its goal to train and credential 100 of its professionals in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) program. The corporation has accredited 132 ENV SPs across Louis Berger and its affiliate companies.
The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) recently unveiled its new, state-of-the-art, vehicle maintenance, storage and operations facility, designed by STV. STV provided a broad range of architectural and engineering design services for the new facility, which incorporates a number of sustainable design and environmentally friendly features.
Ron Klemencic, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, will deliver the 2017 Landis Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017 — IECA’s Annual Conference for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry.
After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) selected Parsons to lead the environmental review and complete the preliminary design for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a roadmap and recommendations to help U.S. cities work toward sustainability, measurably improving their residents’ economic, social, and environmental well-being.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Global Designing Cities Initiative unveiled the Global Street Design Guide, the first-ever worldwide standard for redesigning city streets to prioritize safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility for an urban century.
Arcadis has been appointed to three framework contracts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District. The series of framework contracts cover environmental and remediation services for sites in Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) issued the nation’s first environmental impact bond (EIB) to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality.
Green Business Certification Inc. announced a new credential for landscape architects and sustainability professionals launching Oct. 1, 2016. The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession.
Los Angeles World Airports released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The LAMP includes a 2.25- mile Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Center, two Intermodal Transfer Facilities, roadway and highway upgrades, transportation management policies, and related plan amendments and other entitlements.
Scheduled to open on September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture represents much more than a cultural and architectural landmark. It is also set to be a representation of best practices in sustainable building design.
New York City leads the United States for sustainability, according to the Sustainable Cities Index from Arcadis. From 22 North American cities measured, New York City ranks ahead of Boston (5th), San Francisco (6th) and Seattle (7th).
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) a five-year cooperative agreement to continue the Center for Environmental Excellence to advance a strategic national program to maximize efficiency, reliability and consistency in delivering environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services.
The precast concrete industry is striving to reduce its environmental impact at the manufacturing level through the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP). Energy, materials, and transportation data are tracked and results are reported in the following categories: carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy, and water consumption.
Environmental Enginuity Group (EEG) completed the final design of its long-planned Environmental Service Provider program, which allows companies that wish to be considered for entry into the EEG Collective of Service providers but do not care to sell their company to EEG.
Arcadis North America was awarded two new environmental contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Mobile District, to provide environmental compliance, pollution prevention services and hazardous waste investigation and design for various military installations and federal and civil agencies.
The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting nominations for the 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards (EEAs), a biennial program that recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship in transportation planning and project development.
The Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility, located in Parker, Colo., has been honored with a national award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
Michael Baker International and Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority were recently recognized with the Florida Airports Council J. Bryan Cooper Environmental Award for General Aviation Airports for its safety area improvements to the Merritt Island Airport Runway 11-29, in Brevard County, Florida.
The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.
The WateReuse Association, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and Pentair have come together to help advance the development of sustainable agricultural practices by highlighting innovative farming approaches using water reuse technologies in a new video.
Hydro International worked with United Way and the Cumberland Country Soil and Water Conservation District to clean up trash from the Long Creek Watershed. The waste collected during this collaborative volunteer day will be used in a research study that will help enhance water quality treatment.
The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and NJ TRANSIT will hold two meetings on the Hudson Tunnel Project to build a new tunnel and rehabilitate the current, 106-year-old tunnel.
GEI Consultants, Inc. expanded its Environmental Planning Practice with the addition of several key practice leaders and supporting staff, totaling more than 30 environmental practitioners, in the firms Sacramento office.
SWCA Environmental Consultants acquired New England Environmental, Inc. (NEE), an environmental consulting firm based in Amherst, Mass. The acquisition expands SWCAs national presence to the Northeast and broadens its scope to include landscape architecture and ecological design.
MTA New York City Transit has installed approximately 6,500 sustainable composite ties in a major Staten Island Railway (SIR) track renewal project to repair significant damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.