Environment + Sustainability

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Final environmental impact statement completed for Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement

SEATTLE – The culmination of 10 years of technical analysis and public, agency, and tribal review came to fruition July 7 when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and city of Seattle released the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project's final environmental impact statement (EIS).

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Global Sustainable Engineering Network to move to UC Merced

 MERCED, CALIF. — The University of California, Merced, will become the new headquarters of Engineers for a Sustainable World effective July 1. Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a global, nonprofit network of about 4,000 students, faculty, and professionals dedicated to building a sustainable world for current and future generations by way of collaborative, interdisciplinary engineering projects.

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SCS Engineers and CRA/LA renew contract for environmental engineering services

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — SCS Engineers was awarded a renewal to its existing environmental engineering services contract with The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). SCS’s long-standing relationship with CRA/LA dates back to 1998. The contract renewal extends the current contract to October 2012, and increases the budget to $1.5 million.

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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