Environmental + Sustainability

Environmental news, green energy news, green technology, engineering and construction. Sustainability news for the AEC industry.

Public officials honored for leadership in sustainable development

SKOKIE, ILL. — As part of its ongoing commitment to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of cement and concrete as a sustainable, cost-effective, and economical choice for infrastructure development, the Portland Cement Association honors five public officials from across the nation with the Sustainable Leadership Award.

International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction open for entries

Zürich, Switzerland — The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction is currently open for entries. The competition offers a total of $2 million in prize money. Projects are eligible for entry if they have reached an advanced stage of design but had not started construction or commercial production before July 1, 2010.

PCA and IBHS develop building codes for sustainable concrete construction

SKOKIE, ILL./TAMPA, FLA. (September 20, 2010) — To allow local governments to adopt green building codes that address high performance as well as conventional sustainable features, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), have developed High Performance Building Requirements for Sustainability 2.0.

IEEE Forum on Integrated and Sustainable Transportation Systems issues call for papers

VIENNA, AUSTRIA — The Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS), the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS), the Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), and the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) have joined together to co-sponsor a conference that will bring together academicians, practitioners, and policy makers to assess the current technology and identify the new technologies required to meet the demand for a sustainable transportation system.

Autodesk East Coast headquarters recognized for IPD and sustainable design

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk Inc. has announced that the facility that houses its East Coast headquarters has received 13 industry awards in recognition of its innovative design and collaborative building process.

UC Irvine Extension launches Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development

IRVINE, CALIF. — University of California, Irvine Extension announced the launch of its new “Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development,” developed to meet the needs for interdisciplinary planning and development continuing education training that focuses on incorporating sustainability into community environments.

Open for entries: Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND — The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction offers a total of $2 million in prize money and is open to: sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design, and infrastructure projects; and materials, products, and construction technologies.

Program tests nation—s first sustainable landscape rating system

Salt Lake City, UTAH — The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) announced the selection of the Lions Park in Moab, Utah; the UTA Intermodal Center in Orem, Utah; and the Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Utah, to participate in a program to test the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

CH2M HILL awarded FHWA contract to develop criteria, tools for sustainable highways

DENVER — CH2M HILL was selected by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to lead a team in the identification of the characteristics of a sustainable highway, and to develop tools, procedures, and techniques that can be incorporated into a standard practice to make highways more sustainable.

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