Environment + Sustainability

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PCA and IBHS develop building codes for sustainable concrete construction

SKOKIE, ILL./TAMPA, FLA. (September 20, 2010) — To allow local governments to adopt green building codes that address high performance as well as conventional sustainable features, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), have developed High Performance Building Requirements for Sustainability 2.0.

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IEEE Forum on Integrated and Sustainable Transportation Systems issues call for papers

VIENNA, AUSTRIA — The Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS), the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS), the Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), and the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) have joined together to co-sponsor a conference that will bring together academicians, practitioners, and policy makers to assess the current technology and identify the new technologies required to meet the demand for a sustainable transportation system.

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UC Irvine Extension launches Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development

IRVINE, CALIF. — University of California, Irvine Extension announced the launch of its new “Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development,” developed to meet the needs for interdisciplinary planning and development continuing education training that focuses on incorporating sustainability into community environments.

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New survey shows movement toward more sustainable infrastructure solutions

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The green revolution has evolved since the first Earth Day 40 years ago. According to a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp., 64 percent of Americans are willing to pay more today for national infrastructure that is energy-efficient and less wasteful in order to save money and resources in the future, up from 58 percent last November. And 96 percent of Americans agree all new construction should take sustainability into consideration.

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New models for sustainable cities and landscapes

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Emphasizing the city as ecology, or ecosystem, Steve Luoni and his colleagues in the University of Arkansas Community Design Center are leading a movement toward intelligent design of urban landscapes that will reduce energy consumption and limit man’s impact on the environment. Luoni, professor of architecture and director of the center, presented the main principles of this movement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Diego.

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