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CH2M, Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure visualize a future for water infrastructure

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 environmental study wins 2017 ACEC Texas honors

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.

Louis Berger exceeds milestone to credential 100 Sustainable Infrastructure Professionals

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.

STV celebrates opening of environmentally sustainable bus facility

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.

Pitt’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to host structural engineer Ron Klemencic for 2017 Landis Lecture

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.

Parsons to lead environmental review and prepare preliminary design for I-69 Ohio River Crossing

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.

NACTO and Global Designing Cities Initiative release worldwide standard for designing safe, sustainable city streets

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.

Environmental impact bond to fund initial DC Water green infrastructure project

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.

New professional credential for sustainable landscape development and management launching Oct. 1

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.

Draft Environmental Impact Report released for LAX modernization program

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.

AASHTO and FHWA sign long-term agreement to promote environmental excellence in program and project delivery

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.

PCI releases first annual North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program report

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.

MTA advertises contracts for design, environmental and community outreach services to extend Second Avenue Subway

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has begun procuring key services necessary for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway, placing advertisements for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the first three contracts, which include design, environmental, and community outreach services.

CDOT releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for I-70 East Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reached a new milestone in the environmental study phase of the I-70 East Project with the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which kicks off a 30-day public review period. The FEIS is the last draft of an almost 13-year study analyzing transportation alternatives for the heavily congested I-70 corridor.

Justice and Labor Departments expand initiative to address environmental and worker safety violations

Under a new plan, the Justice Departments Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorneys Offices will work with the Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations.

$26.8 million biosolids upgrade project to reduce environmental footprint

Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA) and Buchart Horn, a full-service, international engineering and architectural firm, broke ground on a $26.8 million biosolids upgrade and improvement project in Lancaster, Pa. The facility, which already meets EPA standards, is beginning the upgrade as a voluntary, proactive project to reduce its environmental footprint.

First Program Operator Consortium launched for environmental product declarations market

Four key green-building stakeholder organizations will launch the first Program Operator Consortium in the industry to serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating product category rules, reviewing life cycle assessment reports, and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations.

Walter P Moore and HKS Architects to present on sustainable stadia design

During a panel discussion at the 2015 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Chicago, Walter P Moores Dirk Kester, principal and director of sustainable design, together with HKS Architects Greg Whittemore, associate principal and SVP, will discuss a case study on the University of North Texas (UNT) Apogee Stadium, which is the first newly constructed LEED Platinum stadium in the U.S.

USGBC and C40 release briefs highlighting sustainable building policies in 66 cities

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in partnership with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the World Green Building Council (WGBC), released a compendium of briefs that showcase the sustainability, building energy use and climate change policy work of cities across the globe. Approximately 74 percent of the cities examined are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61 percent have enacted municipal green building policies and 49 percent are pursuing sustainable community policies.

Dewberry recognized for contributions to environmental protection

Fairfax, Va. Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, recently received an American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) Globe Award. The award recognizes the firms dedication to protecting and enhancing the natural environment in the planning, design, and construction of the $159 million replacement of New Jerseys Route 3 Bridge that spans the Passaic River.

ICC and ASTM International partner to support sustainable building codes in the Gulf Region

Washington, D.C. The International Code Council and ASTM International are partnering to support the use of codes and standards in sustainable construction in the Middle East. The work is part of The Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project and is funded in part through the Market Development Cooperator Program at the U.S. Department of Commerces International Trade Administration. The goal is to enhance the Gulf regions efforts in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety, and overall economic growth.

ARCADIS team to lead environmental restoration program at Fort Drum

Fort Drum, N.Y. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District awarded the PIKA-MP JV, LLC a joint venture between ARCADIS and PIKA International, Inc. a $13 million task order onto its small business Multiple Award Environmental Services (MAES) contract to support remediation and closure of 11 sites at Fort Drum, N.Y. over the next five years.

IECA names Environmental Excellence winners

Denver The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) named its 2014 Environmental Excellence winners at Environmental Connection 2015 in Portland, Ore. Jason (J.P.) P. Johns, P.E., was announced as the Sustained Contributor; Brad Flack, CPESC, CESSWI, was awarded the Young Professional of the year; Construction EcoServices was named the Contractor of the year; and Guatemalan Sediment and Erosion Control Association was awarded the Organization of the year.

Alta Environmental contracted to monitor Port of Long Beach stormwater

Long Beach, Calif. The Port of Long Beach (POLB) awarded a multi-year, $1,010,000 contract to Alta Environmental. Under this contract, Alta will help the Port and Port Tenants comply with the new California Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP) by implementing a stormwater monitoring program at 22 sites throughout the port complex. Alta will also provide strategic consulting, design and implementation, and an analysis of its findings, as part of the contract.

Codes, standards developers align guidelines to create sustainable, high-performance buildings

Washington, D.C. Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The initiative is being welcomed by code officials, architects, engineers and contractors.

Old Bay Bridge demolition focuses on environmental sustainability, safety, and efficiency

Oakland, Calif. Caltrans announced that it is meeting with key environmental regulators to discuss options for safely removing the old Bay Bridge’s underwater piers. Caltrans is considering the least environmentally impacting alternative, including the potential for controlled underwater charges that would reduce impacts to the environment compared with a traditional underwater demolition.

SBA approves Harris Environmental Group and SCS Engineers MPA

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently approved a Mentor-Protg Agreement (MPA) between the Harris Environmental Group and SCS Engineers. The SBA Business Development Mentor-Protg Program (8(a) SDB) is designed to enable larger firms to provide business development assistance to 8(a) SDB Program participants.

Environmental Assessment supports offshore North Carolina wind energy development

Washington, D.C. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of North Carolina for wind energy development.

Unlocking building performance and the future of sustainable buildings

Northbrook, Ill. UL, a global safety science leader, recently conducted a study to learn where value and return on investment lie in the area of sustainable buildings. The study and its result is available in a free white paper titled The Dawn of the Building Performance Era, written by UL Chief Economist Erin Grossi.

Specialists stand out as global environmental consulting market grinds to a halt again

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom The value of the global environmental consultancy (EC) market reached US$28.7 billion (17.3bn) in 2013, down 0.8 percent over the previous year, according to the latest report by business intelligence provider Environment Analyst. The sector was assessed to be lagging global economic growth which was 2.9 percent in 2013 mainly owing to the impact of the international mining sector downturn, and U.S. government shutdown and federal budget squeeze.

FEMP offers updated training on guiding principles for high-performance and sustainable buildings

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energys Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents an updated series of training courses focused on the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings. Since 2006, federal agencies have worked to implement the five guiding principles and meet key compliance deadlines for December 15, 2015. This five-course online training provides a comprehensive overview of the individual guiding principles and offers up-to-date best practices for measuring and reporting onsite-level progress.

New report provides sustainable solutions for nations aging infrastructure

Denver The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College recently released a report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions: Rethinking Our Infrastructure Investment Strategies, to help industry leaders, academics, and the public rethink how communities are planned and the types of investment needed to manage, operate, and rehabilitate Americas infrastructure systems. The report, which has wide application to urban planning and the water, power, and transportation industries in particular, includes interviews from 70 of the Pacific Northwests key infrastructure innovators and thought leaders representing a variety of sectors.

GEI Consultants acquires H2A Environmental, Ltd.

Boston GEI Consultants, Inc. acquired H2A Environmental, Ltd., an environmental consulting and remediation firm specializing in non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) management, and risk-based remediation and site closure. H2A became a subsidiary of GEI when the transaction officially closed on Nov. 1, 2014, and will continue to service clients and conduct business out of their Keller, Texas, office.

Alta Environmental to conduct stormwater monitoring program at Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) awarded a contract to Alta Environmental for environmental technical and expert consulting services for up to $5 million for three years on an as-needed basis. Under this contract, Alta will install new stormwater monitoring equipment and conduct stormwater monitoring, analysis, and reporting for Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, and Van Nuys Airport.

CH2M HILL announces Charter Membership of Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Englewood, Colo. CH2M HILL announced its Charter Membership of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). As part of its ISI membership, the company has also committed to enrolling 100 employees in the ISI Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) credentialing program. When credentialed, these employees will be able to document and rate sustainability aspects of infrastructure projects in collaboration with ISIs Envision infrastructure rating system.

Golder Associates releases 2013 Sustainable Development Report

Golder Associates issued its third annual Sustainable Development Report. Golder said the theme of the 2013 Sustainable Development Report, Navigating Rugged Terrain, reflects its experience in advancing its sustainable development mandate at a time when challenging market conditions compelled it to streamline the scope of plans and activities across many areas of its business.

Wastewater treatment plant enhances citys sustainable image

Dubuque, Iowa Sustainability is classically and creatively exemplified in the City of Dubuques recently completed Water and Resource Recovery Center (W&RRC) project. The project represents more than 20 years of collaborative civil engineering by the City of Dubuque, its citizens, and Strand Associates, Inc. After completion of a 20-year facilities plan, the city hired Strand to complete the design and construction of upgrades to the W&RRC.

SITES v2 rating system for sustainable landscapes now available

Austin, Texas the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program released the SITES v2 Rating System for developing sustainable landscapes for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers, and others who work in land design and development. The SITES v2 Rating System and an accompanying Reference Guide provide a set of best practices, performance benchmarks, and tools for creating and evaluating sustainable landscapes. Successful projects are recognized with certification.

Private firms, public agencies honored with Transportation Project Environmental Excellence Awards

Washington, D.C. Highway, bridge, transit and waterway projects from across the country were recognized for their contributions to environmental protection and mitigation during the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundations (ARTBA-TDF) 15th annual Globe Awards event, held June 10 in the Nations Capital as part of the associations Federal Issues Program.

ISI announces trainer program for Envision Sustainable Professional accreditation training

Washington, D.C. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced its new in-person ISI Trainer program that is available to provide high quality Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) accreditation training. The ISI Trainers are the only individuals authorized to facilitate ENV SP accreditation workshops, which qualifies participants to take the online ENV SP credentialing exam.

Flux raises $8 million in Series A financing to meet demand for sustainable buildings

SAN FRANCISCO Flux, a provider of collaborative design software for the building construction industry, announced that it has raised $8 million in Series A financing. DFJ led this investment round with participation from Borealis Ventures. Flux’s mission is to spread design knowledge and improve the accessibility of design tools in order to help meet the world’s demand for durable, sustainable buildings.

Parsons obtains U.S. patent for environmental remediation technology

Pasadena, Calif. Parsons Corporation has obtained a U.S. patent for an environmental remediation technology. The technology, known as NAPL-Away (U.S. Patent 8,679,340), was developed to progress the remediation of LNAPL (light, non-aqueous phase liquids) by way of enhanced natural anaerobic biodegradation. LNAPL is often a continued source of contamination in subsurface soil and to groundwater at petroleum sites, and recovery or treatment via traditional remediation technologies is expensive and inefficient.

AAEES announces Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science awards

ANNAPOLIS, Md. The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists announced the winners of its national Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science competition at its Annual Awards Luncheon & Conference April 24. The Academy awarded a Superior Achievement for Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Award to PSOMAS (Los Angeles) for its South Los Angeles Wetland Park project. This project was considered to be the best of the 2014 competition.

IECA issues call for Environmental Connection 2015 presentations

Denver The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for presentations for Environmental Connection 2015 annual conference and expo for the erosion and sediment control community. The 2015 conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., Feb. 1518, 2015. Environmental Connection 2015 will be a co-located event with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).

AMEC announces Charter Membership of Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Alpharetta, Ga. AMEC announced its Charter Membership of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The company has also committed to credential 100 professionals to become Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SP). These credentialed professionals will be able to document sustainability accomplishments in AMECs client projects in conformance with the Envision rating system.

Solar-powered toilet developed by CU-Boulder engineers to provide sustainable sanitation

Boulder, Colo. A revolutionary University of Colorado Boulder toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation will be unveiled in India this month. The project is part of the Gates Foundations Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, an effort to develop a next-generation toilet that can be used to disinfect liquid and solid waste while generating useful end products, both in developing and developed nations.

Proposed $1 billion Reclamation budget supports sustainable water supplies, renewable energy, infrastructure, and strengthening tribal nations

Washington, D.C. President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request identifies a total of $1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation. As the nation’s largest wholesale water supplier and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power, Reclamation’s projects and programs are critical to driving and maintaining economic growth in the western states.

Global environmental consultancy market grows 4 percent to $27.4 billion

 SHREWSBURY, U.K. — The value of the global environmental consultancy (EC) market reached US$27.4 billion (£16.7bn) in 2012, up 3.6 percent over the previous year, according to the latest report by Environment Analyst. The sector still is growing ahead of global economic growth, which stood at 3.2 percent in 2012. The top 10 firms ranked in terms of gross global EC revenues are: CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Inc, URS Corporation, Golder Associates, AECOM, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Arcadis, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, MWH Global, and Cardno.

Stantec acquires Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc. and Cambria Gordon

EDMONTON, AB and NEW YORK — North American design firm Stantec is expanding its environmental services by signing a letter of intent to acquire Virginia-based Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc. and closing on the acquisition of British Columbia’s Cambria Gordon. Unique capabilities and the geographic positioning of the two firms will help grow the company’s environmental consulting services in two important markets. 

Schnabel Engineering acquires Geo/Environmental Associates

GLEN ALLEN, VA. — Schnabel Engineering, Inc. announced an addition to the Schnabel family of companies with the acquisition of Geo/Environmental Associate, Inc. (GA), located in Knoxville, Tenn. GA specializes in the design of dams, waste disposal impoundments, landslide repairs, retaining structures, ground improvements, environmental assessments, environmental remediation, and foundation design. 

Sewerage Authority mitigation plan reduces risk of environmental disaster

LINCROFT, N.J. — Among the most devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey was the storm’s impact on sewage treatment facilities along the coast. During and after the storm, sewage plants and pump stations along the coast were inundated by flood waters and without power for as long as three days, resulting in the discharge of some 2 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage into New Jersey waterways, according to the New York Daily News.