Environmental + Sustainability

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Frackings environmental impacts scrutinized

Manchester, U.K. Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually fared better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

New sustainable, flood-resilient construction materials put to the test

Construction companies and academics can now test low-carbon construction materials and systems in realistic open-air conditions. The HIVE, based at the University of Baths Building Research Park, Swindon, is the first facility of its kind in the UK.

Golder Associates releases 2013 Sustainable Development Report

Golder Associates issued its third annual Sustainable Development Report. Golder said the theme of the 2013 Sustainable Development Report, Navigating Rugged Terrain, reflects its experience in advancing its sustainable development mandate at a time when challenging market conditions compelled it to streamline the scope of plans and activities across many areas of its business.

Arizonas Santa Cruz River chronicled in new environmental history

Reston, Va. The somber ecological consequences of human-caused landscape change and unsustainable water use in a western watershed are carefully examined in the recently published book, Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River.

Wastewater treatment plant enhances citys sustainable image

Dubuque, Iowa Sustainability is classically and creatively exemplified in the City of Dubuques recently completed Water and Resource Recovery Center (W&RRC) project. The project represents more than 20 years of collaborative civil engineering by the City of Dubuque, its citizens, and Strand Associates, Inc. After completion of a 20-year facilities plan, the city hired Strand to complete the design and construction of upgrades to the W&RRC.

Slope stabilization and the arching phenomena

Soil mechanics theory explains a new method for stabilizing shallow landslides.

SITES v2 rating system for sustainable landscapes now available

Austin, Texas the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program released the SITES v2 Rating System for developing sustainable landscapes for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers, and others who work in land design and development. The SITES v2 Rating System and an accompanying Reference Guide provide a set of best practices, performance benchmarks, and tools for creating and evaluating sustainable landscapes. Successful projects are recognized with certification.

Private firms, public agencies honored with Transportation Project Environmental Excellence Awards

Washington, D.C. Highway, bridge, transit and waterway projects from across the country were recognized for their contributions to environmental protection and mitigation during the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundations (ARTBA-TDF) 15th annual Globe Awards event, held June 10 in the Nations Capital as part of the associations Federal Issues Program.

Sustainable streets and highways

Milestones on the road toward the triple bottom line

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