Environmental + Sustainability

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

Sustainable labs designed for collaboration

UCSD Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility seeks LEED Platinum certification.

Flux raises $8 million in Series A financing to meet demand for sustainable buildings

SAN FRANCISCO Flux, a provider of collaborative design software for the building construction industry, announced that it has raised $8 million in Series A financing. DFJ led this investment round with participation from Borealis Ventures. Flux's mission is to spread design knowledge and improve the accessibility of design tools in order to help meet the world's demand for durable, sustainable buildings.

Parsons obtains U.S. patent for environmental remediation technology

Pasadena, Calif. Parsons Corporation has obtained a U.S. patent for an environmental remediation technology. The technology, known as NAPL-Away (U.S. Patent 8,679,340), was developed to progress the remediation of LNAPL (light, non-aqueous phase liquids) by way of enhanced natural anaerobic biodegradation. LNAPL is often a continued source of contamination in subsurface soil and to groundwater at petroleum sites, and recovery or treatment via traditional remediation technologies is expensive and inefficient.

AAEES announces Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science awards

ANNAPOLIS, Md. The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists announced the winners of its national Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science competition at its Annual Awards Luncheon & Conference April 24. The Academy awarded a Superior Achievement for Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Award to PSOMAS (Los Angeles) for its South Los Angeles Wetland Park project. This project was considered to be the best of the 2014 competition.

Terracon acquires RGA Environmental

Olathe, Kan. Terracon Consultants, Inc. acquired RGA Environmental, Inc. for an undisclosed price. The newly acquired firm is based in Emeryville, Calif. This is the second acquisition in California for Terracon this year.

CH2M HILL joins 40 other companies committing to environmental stewardship

CH2M HILL joins 40 other global companies showcased in the new Natural Capital Business Hub, unveiled at the 6th Annual GreenBiz Forum. CH2M HILL...

IECA issues call for Environmental Connection 2015 presentations

Denver The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for presentations for Environmental Connection 2015 annual conference and expo for the erosion and sediment control community. The 2015 conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., Feb. 1518, 2015. Environmental Connection 2015 will be a co-located event with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).

AMEC announces Charter Membership of Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Alpharetta, Ga. AMEC announced its Charter Membership of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The company has also committed to credential 100 professionals to become Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SP). These credentialed professionals will be able to document sustainability accomplishments in AMECs client projects in conformance with the Envision rating system.

Solar-powered toilet developed by CU-Boulder engineers to provide sustainable sanitation

Boulder, Colo. A revolutionary University of Colorado Boulder toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation will be unveiled in India this month. The project is part of the Gates Foundations Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, an effort to develop a next-generation toilet that can be used to disinfect liquid and solid waste while generating useful end products, both in developing and developed nations.

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