Environmental + Sustainability

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

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.  

Water projects recognized for environmental stewardship

DENVER — The American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) awarded two of CH2M HILL’s water projects with Excellence in Environmental Engineering Honor awards: the Regional Water Planning Project in Georgia and the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant and System in Washington. The AAEE Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards recognize and promote quality environmental engineering by selecting projects that demonstrate a comprehensive, integrated approach that considers all environmental media; reflect quality as evidenced by the degree of user satisfaction and proven performance; showcase originality and innovation; address complex environmental problems and situations; and contribute to social and economic advancement.  

ICC-ES Environmental Programs launches new Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program

WHITTIER, Calif. – ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Environmental Programs is announcing the launch of a new program, the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program.

“Life Cycle Analyzer” supports sustainable solutions in concrete

DUBAI, UAE – With the newly developed "Life Cycle Analyzer" BASF helps to improve concrete characteristics. The special software offers solutions in major concrete improvement areas like process efficiency, energy reduction, material optimization, and enhanced quality specifications for manufacturers and users of concrete.

Submissions sought for Environmental Connection 2013

DENVER — The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for submissions for Environmental Connection 2013, the annual conference and expo of IECA. The 2013 conference will be held in San Diego, Feb. 10-13.  

Sustainable infrastructure rating system unveiled

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in collaboration with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) unveiled a new infrastructure rating system called Envision. The system is designed to help policy makers evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure, set realistic national priorities, and conduct a national discourse on infrastructure investment. Through a holistic approach, the Envision system rates all types and sizes of civil infrastructure projects, and does so in terms of environmental, economic, and community benefits.  

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