April 17, 2013
How do we incorporate consideration of climate change in water supply planning?
In many locales, climate change will affect the amount or timing of available water, and thus, adds a layer of uncertainty to the traditional methods used for water supply planning. So, how do we incorporate consideration of climate change in water supply planning? Here is an expert opinion on how to acheive this.
April 12, 2013
The Aging Interstate Highway System: Our Biggest Funding Challenge
Few would disagree that America’s interstate highway system was one of the most important transportation investments, but current funding isn't sustainable for long-term maintenance and expansion. The interstate system is anything but “paid for” and states need new options for sustainable revenue sources if they are to preserve this valuable national asset.
February 05, 2013
Currents: Natural Gas in the Energy Mix
In this issue, our specialists discuss the path to renewables, adapting our infrastructure to the changing energy landscape, and protecting the environment as we recover resources.
January 18, 2013
Do we need yet another sustainability rating system?
In undertaking any infrastructure project it is becoming increasingly important to consider the environmental impacts and benefits over the full life cycle of the project, not just that resulting during the construction phase. The Envision™ rating system guides users in assessing the sustainability of their project in five major categories: quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk.
December 18, 2012
Engaging diverse stakeholders in a public decision-making process: Is there such a thing as win-win?
An expert opinion on engaging diverse stakeholders in a public decision-making process: Does win-win exist?
December 18, 2012
Is there room on our roads for drivers and riders?
Bicyclists account for less than 1 percent of all travel in the United States. So, why should we devote space on our roads for bicyclists? Here's an expert opinion on whether or not there is room on our roadways for both automobiles and bicycles.
September 06, 2012
Currents: Smart Energy Savings
In this issue, our specialists discuss quantifying energy and cost savings and lowering energy use by up to 30 percent through systems management; using EPA's energy self-assessment tool can help water facilities lower costs; and taking advantage of solar energy incentives before the expire.
September 05, 2012
Currents: A New Web Series
In our quarterly "Smart Energy. Powerful Future." web series, Currents, our specialists will provide insight on the latest news in sustainable energy around the world. In each issue we will highlight trending topics and provide useful analysis on energy efficiency, the water + energy nexus, the latest developments in technology, green building and energy conservation.
August 16, 2012
Settling the Bill: Putting Transportation Costs in Perspective
In the fifth stop of our "Funding Future Mobility" thought leadership series, Ed Regan explores how the public views transportation as a basic entitlement.