Environmental + Sustainability

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

Tallahassee expands ISO 14001 environmental management procedures into water and wastewater operations

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — The city of Tallahassee, Fla., recently expanded its Environmental Management System Registrations with NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd, as part of the city’s ongoing energy and water conservation efforts. Tallahassee’s ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System registration now includes Tallahassee’s Divisions of Water Quality, Wastewater Collection, and Wastewater Treatment Operations.

AECOM develops EMAP GIS application for environmental projects

LOS ANGELES — AECOM Technology Corporation developed an information technology tool that it said improves the efficiency and accuracy of field data collection while reducing environmental management project costs for clients. Environmental Mobile Application for Projects (EMAP) is a customized geographic information systems (GIS) application that allows field technicians to remotely collect, edit, analyze, report and store digital data required for environmental permitting. 

Survey reveals lack of employee diversity at A/E/P and environmental consulting firms

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — The A/E/P and environmental consulting industry remains mostly white and male-dominated due to a set of reasons ranging from archaic hiring practices to fewer minorities seeking careers in the field, The Zweig Letter (TZL) revealed in a report March 21. According to an online survey of human resources professionals in the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting fields, more than half of respondents described their firm as “not very diverse, with less than one third of employees being minorities.”

CH2M HILL improves internal environmental performance for sixth year

DENVER — CH2M HILL has improved its internal environmental management systems for the sixth consecutive year.

MACTEC selected to provide environmental engineering design and permit support for New England solar...

WAKEFIELD, MASS. —” MACTEC will be providing engineering design and permit support for the design/installation of a $10 million solar power project. The 2.4-megawatt solar panel array will be constructed on a closed landfill in the town of Scituate, Mass.

Missouri American Water announces 2011 Environmental Grant Program

JOPLIN, MO. — Missouri American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2011 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore, or protect watersheds and community drinking water supplies.

EPA finds 100 percent noncompliance rate in phase one environmental site-assessment reports

SILVER SPRING, MD. — The EPA Office of the Inspector General reviewed a random sample of 35 brownfield-assessment reports prepared under the EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant program. The review found that not even one report complied with all AAI requirements.

Environmental Law & Policy Center says $53 billion high-speed rail plan will transform American...

CHICAGO — The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) Executive Director Howard Learner said, “The Obama Administration’s plan to invest $53 billion in high-speed passenger rail is a transformative commitment that will bolster the American economy, create jobs, and give people a much-needed third transportation option for better mobility.”

HDR to conduct environmental assessment and functional design of Key Waterloo, Ontario Corridor

TORONTO — Columbia Street/Lexington Road is a critical east-west transportation corridor that extends through the region of Waterloo in Ontario. HDR was hired by the city of Waterloo to conduct a Class Environmental Assessment and functional design for improving various transportation modes along the corridor.

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