Environmental + Sustainability

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

ICC and ASTM International partner to support sustainable building codes in the Gulf Region

Washington, D.C. The International Code Council and ASTM International are partnering to support the use of codes and standards in sustainable construction in the Middle East. The work is part of The Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project and is funded in part through the Market Development Cooperator Program at the U.S. Department of Commerces International Trade Administration. The goal is to enhance the Gulf regions efforts in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety, and overall economic growth.

ARCADIS team to lead environmental restoration program at Fort Drum

Fort Drum, N.Y. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District awarded the PIKA-MP JV, LLC a joint venture between ARCADIS and PIKA International, Inc. a $13 million task order onto its small business Multiple Award Environmental Services (MAES) contract to support remediation and closure of 11 sites at Fort Drum, N.Y. over the next five years.

IECA names Environmental Excellence winners

Denver The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) named its 2014 Environmental Excellence winners at Environmental Connection 2015 in Portland, Ore. Jason (J.P.) P. Johns, P.E., was announced as the Sustained Contributor; Brad Flack, CPESC, CESSWI, was awarded the Young Professional of the year; Construction EcoServices was named the Contractor of the year; and Guatemalan Sediment and Erosion Control Association was awarded the Organization of the year.

Alta Environmental contracted to monitor Port of Long Beach stormwater

Long Beach, Calif. The Port of Long Beach (POLB) awarded a multi-year, $1,010,000 contract to Alta Environmental. Under this contract, Alta will help the Port and Port Tenants comply with the new California Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP) by implementing a stormwater monitoring program at 22 sites throughout the port complex. Alta will also provide strategic consulting, design and implementation, and an analysis of its findings, as part of the contract.

Codes, standards developers align guidelines to create sustainable, high-performance buildings

Washington, D.C. Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The initiative is being welcomed by code officials, architects, engineers and contractors.

Old Bay Bridge demolition focuses on environmental sustainability, safety, and efficiency

Oakland, Calif. Caltrans announced that it is meeting with key environmental regulators to discuss options for safely removing the old Bay Bridge's underwater piers. Caltrans is considering the least environmentally impacting alternative, including the potential for controlled underwater charges that would reduce impacts to the environment compared with a traditional underwater demolition.

NSF award supports research on resilient and sustainable building design

University Park, Pa. Gordon Warn, associate professor of civil engineering, along with two other Penn State faculty members, recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to fund their research on resilient and sustainable building design.

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.

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