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Flint water crisis

How to Prevent Another Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis, resulting in potentially toxic levels of lead in the city’s water supply, shines a spotlight the devastating environment, health and safety ramifications of bad decision making — and also America’s aging infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers says America’s infrastructure will need an estimated $3.6 … Read more »

Skanska

How Civil Construction Can Cut Its Environmental Impact and Save Money

Skanska’s civil construction team has realized a recycling/reuse rate of 99 percent for its Virginia Elizabeth River Tunnels project, which is moving 16,000-ton tunnel tubes under the Elizabeth River, according to a company blog. The firm says this is one example of how civil construction, which often requires a large … Read more »

DC Water infrastructure

Water Infrastructure Finance Center Launched

The EPA has launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center — a resource for utilities, private companies and communities to help them address water infrastructure needs with limited budgets. The center also aims to make wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems resilience to climate change. Vice president Joe Biden … Read more »

Tridel CIO: Smart Buildings Can Cut Costs

There are a number of benefits for investing in smart buildings, and no one should build another “dumb” building, Ted Maulucci, CIO of Canada-based Tridel Group, said at a conference in Toronto earlier this month, according to Datacenter Dynamics. Maulucci noted the sustainability benefits derived from improved energy efficiency of … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: CNG In A Box, Chevy Volt Hiatus, Coca-Cola BioMethane Fleet, VIA eREV for Verizon

GE and Chesapeake Energy have announced a multi-year collaboration that aims to develop and bring to market compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation as well as natural gas home-fueling technology, the companies said. The deal seeks to combine GE’s oil and gas technology portfolio with Chesapeake’s experience … Read more »

PwC Report: Materials Shortage Threatens Manufacturing

PwC Report: Materials Shortage Threatens Manufacturing

Seven core manufacturing industries – including the renewable energy sector – could be seriously affected by a shortage of minerals and metals, which could disrupt entire supply chains and economies, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing: A “ticking time bomb”, PwC surveyed some of … Read more »

UK Infrastructure: Investment Opportunities or Risk?

Investors in UK infrastructure will be able to tap into new opportunities to create the sustainable, resilient water supply needed to support economic growth. Taking account of financial risk from resource use and future environmental liabilities upfront could help secure future returns. Including carbon costs in business planning is already … Read more »

Northeast States Unite to Build EV Infrastructure

Ten northeast states and the District of Columbia have formed the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, to help plan for EV charging stations and infrastructure throughout the region. The network, to be run through the states’ existing Transportation and Climate Initiative, facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University, will … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: GE-Nissan EV Charging Project, SunEdison, Ford, BASF, Car Sharing

GE and Nissan are launching a two-year collaboration to develop smart charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The effort will focus on integration of electric vehicles with homes and buildings and on the future impact on the electric grid once millions of EVs are on the road, the companies said. Several … Read more »

Life-cycle Budgeting Will Help Maximize Infrastructure Investment

In the years after World War II, our nation became an economic superpower thanks in large part to our commitment to building the world’s best infrastructure. President Eisenhower worked with Congress to create the U.S. Interstate Highway System that connected cities all across the country, allowing people and goods to … Read more »

Ecotality Launches 1,100 EV Stations in Oregon

The installation of more than 1,100 public charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) started in Oregon today. EV infrastructure company Ecotality started the installation of its Blink Level 2 charging stations with a launch event outside of Portland. The 1,100 stations will be located in Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Medford … Read more »