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Golder Associates releases 2012 Sustainable Development Report

Golder Associates, a global consulting, design, and construction services company issued its second Sustainable Development Report. According to the company, the theme of the 2012 report, "Breaking New Ground," is representative of its commitment to innovation, and how it has used ground-breaking approaches, not only by incorporating sustainable development principles into the solutions provided to clients, but also in overcoming challenges and obstacles on its corporate sustainable development journey. 

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2013 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development winners announced

CORAL GABLES, FLA. — The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development unveiled the winners of this year’s program at an awards ceremony in Miami. University of Cincinnati students Ethan Jacobs, Qingshi Tu, and Ronald Gillespie clinched the top prize with an idea that offers value across the supply chain, not only acting as a remedy for wastewater treatment plants, but also contributing to the energy security and environmental sustainability of the United States. 

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Autodesk ups skill sets and job competitiveness of AEC students with Sustainable Design Certificate

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Sustainability and climate change are one of the biggest concerns in the design profession today. Autodesk is adding to its set of resources and curricula for sustainable design with the launch of Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program for architecture and engineering students. This free online course teaches necessary building science fundamentals for designing high performance buildings through self-paced online tutorials, quizzes and Autodesk software exercises. Autodesk’s BPA Certificate Program is complementary to LEED accreditation and gives students the skills they likely haven’t learned and helps them gain a competitive edge in the job marketplace.

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First ISI Envision sustainable infrastructure project awarded to HDR-designed Sport Fish Hatchery

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — The Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the first completed project assessed using ISI's new Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system is the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage. The HDR-designed project received an Envision "Gold" award, which was announced at a reception event in Washington, D.C., and a day earlier onsite at an event in Anchorage. The 141,000-square foot hatchery facility is the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America, and contains many sustainable features, including sophisticated recirculation technology that reduces by 95 percent the water and energy normally used by conventional hatcheries. 

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Iowa State researchers mix data, engagement to develop sustainable plan for Squaw Creek

AMES, IOWA — Squaw Creek was running fast and high through Ames just a few weeks ago. The early summer forecast called for even more rain. Flood crests and forecasts were once again in the news. William Gutowski, whose campus office is just a few blocks from the creek, pulled back from his computer and started explaining how he and a team of researchers from Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will make Squaw Creek a model for planning sustainable water resources. 

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Southern Polytechnic State University offers two new degrees blending environmental studies with engineering technology

MARIETTA, GA. — Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), a Marietta, Ga.-based university focused on providing its students with degrees across a number of sciences and technologies, will offer two new degrees this fall, both focused on the environment. On May 14, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia gave SPSU the go-ahead to offer the state’s first Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology (EnvET) degree and the only Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (ENVS) degree in metropolitan Atlanta. Both programs will be strongly linked to one another through environmental studies with a strong concentration in engineering. 

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AMBAG selects RBF for Sustainable Communities Strategy

MONTEREY BAY, CALIF. — The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) selected RBF Consulting, a company of Michael Baker Corporation, to provide planning services for the Sustainable Communities Strategy Scenarios Development and Public Participation project. “Moving Forward Monterey Bay” is part of a multi-agency collaboration to produce an integrated land use/transportation plan through the year 2035. It inaugurates a new process — the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy — to reduce transportation-generated greenhouse gases and promote new thinking about public policies and strategies aimed at meeting the diverse mobility needs of the greater Monterey Bay region. 

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Demand rises for sustainable and safe structures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Constructing energy-efficient homes and buildings favorably impacts the economic development of communities, meets consumer demand and saves valuable resources. Week four of the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month 2013, sponsored by the American Gas Association, focuses on energy and green building. Efficient buildings can improve energy security, reduce stress on the power grid and on natural gas supplies, improve local air quality and save homeowners money, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.

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