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GSA seeks sustainable technologies to test

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration announced today that it issued a Request for Information online to gather input on new sustainable building technologies and practices in support of its Green Proving Ground program. The program is seeking information from industry, commercial organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations on technologies that have the potential to improve economic and environmental performance in federal buildings.

Survey: Many AEP and environmental firms unsure of social media marketing effectiveness

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental firms are often not nearly as engaged with social media marketing as the rest of the business world. ZweigWhite’s 2012 Marketing Survey found that only 15 percent of the 109 participating firms say the use of social media has reduced their reliance on “traditional” marketing methods, though a significant number, 43 percent, responded “unspecified” or were unsure about this. Twenty-nine percent of design firms say they don’t know whether their clients use social media at all. 

ISI announces sustainable infrastructure rating system checklist

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s new Checklist is now available on the ISI website at www.sustainable infrastructure.org. The Checklist is an educational tool designed to help users become familiar with the sustainability aspects of infrastructure project design.  

IECA accepting nominations for 2012 Awards of Environmental Excellence

DENVER — The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One is calling for nominations for its annual Awards of Environmental Excellence. The awards program recognizes industry professionals and organizations for their contributions to the erosion and sediment control community. IECA will honor all award winners during its awards program at Environmental Connection 2013 held in San Diego, Feb. 10-13, 2013.  

EPA awards $1.5 Million to universities for sustainable drinking water treatment methods

ATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced almost $1.5 million in funding to three universities to develop sustainable drinking water treatment methods. The research grants are funded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. These grants, which supplement last year’s grants to eight other universities, are intended to provide innovative treatment methods to protect people’s health by keeping harmful contaminants out of drinking water.  

Gannett Fleming helps transform California community plagued by environmental contamination

LYNWOOD, CALIF. — In an effort to mitigate significant environmental contamination in a Lynwood, Calif., residential neighborhood, Gannett Fleming has placed into operation two remediation systems to clean up free-phase gasoline dispersed within a shallow groundwater aquifer. The installation of the remediation systems is a significant milestone and represents the first step in a comprehensive remediation program designed to prepare the site for redevelopment into a commercial and residential mixed-use project.  

Terracon acquires IHI Environmental

OLATHE, KAN. — Terracon Consultants, Inc. acquired IHI Environmental, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in 1980, IHI Environmental provides industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and environmental consulting services to public and private sector clients across the western U.S. IHI Environmental has additional office locations in Emeryville, Calif.; Denver; Phoenix; and Seattle.  

Golder Associates releases Sustainable Development Report

Golder Associates, a global consulting, design and construction services company, produced its first-ever Sustainable Development Report. The report, which can be found at www.sustainabledevelopment.golder.com, describes in depth the company's journey toward sustainable development and highlights the significant progress to date, as well as the milestones that have been set toward 2015.  

ISI begins recruiting verifiers for sustainable infrastructure rating system

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that it is recruiting Envision sustainable infrastructure project Verifier applicants for the new rating system. Verifiers are the backbone of ISI’s independent, third-party, project evaluation system Envision, which is designed to rate all types and sizes of sustainable infrastructure projects. Verifiers are independent from the projects they verify: They provide the rigorous, transparent, third-party validation that is central to the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System.  

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