Environmental + Sustainability

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

North American cities lag on sustainability in ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index

Highlands Ranch, Colo. The largest U.S. cities New York, Los Angeles and Chicago score best in economic factors but are hindered by poor transportation infrastructure, lack of green spaces and diminishing affordable housing, according to the inaugural Sustainable Cities Index by ARCADIS.

SBA approves Harris Environmental Group and SCS Engineers MPA

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently approved a Mentor-Protg Agreement (MPA) between the Harris Environmental Group and SCS Engineers. The SBA Business Development Mentor-Protg Program (8(a) SDB) is designed to enable larger firms to provide business development assistance to 8(a) SDB Program participants.

Measuring the value of sustainable design

AutoCASE design elements can be input from a browser or automatically collected from Autodesk Civil 3D.As project owners and engineering firms increasingly seek to...

CH2M HILL Foundation awards $1 million for STEM education and sustainable communities

Denver CH2M HILL Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm CH2M HILL, announced $1 million in support for STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) and Sustainable Communities around the world.

Green for green: the cost of environmental protection

As the EPA revises environmental regulations in 2015, the energy, construction, and miningsectors face rising costs.

California explores sustainable transit

In California, 20 counties that are part of the Self-Help Counties Coalition will fund more than $95 billion of voter-approved transportation investments by mid-century,...

Environmental Assessment supports offshore North Carolina wind energy development

Washington, D.C. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of North Carolina for wind energy development.

Unlocking building performance and the future of sustainable buildings

Northbrook, Ill. UL, a global safety science leader, recently conducted a study to learn where value and return on investment lie in the area of sustainable buildings. The study and its result is available in a free white paper titled The Dawn of the Building Performance Era, written by UL Chief Economist Erin Grossi.

Specialists stand out as global environmental consulting market grinds to a halt again

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom The value of the global environmental consultancy (EC) market reached US$28.7 billion (17.3bn) in 2013, down 0.8 percent over the previous year, according to the latest report by business intelligence provider Environment Analyst. The sector was assessed to be lagging global economic growth which was 2.9 percent in 2013 mainly owing to the impact of the international mining sector downturn, and U.S. government shutdown and federal budget squeeze.

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