Solutions + Features
January 27, 2015
Overcoming Three Water Scarcity Quandaries
Whether caused by drought, salinity or poor quality, or tied to geography or cost, water scarcity can slow output, stall product development and impede expansion for all types of businesses. In this article, three prevalent water scarcity quandaries and the solutions to overcome them are examined.
June 10, 2014
The Gas Tax: A System at Risk
With increasing fuel efficiency and the advent of plug-in electric vehicles, the gas tax's days may be numbered. Perhaps most problematic is inconsistency in U.S. national policy. In essence, the backbone of transportation finance depends on the taxation of a commodity (gas) that we actively discourage be used.
April 07, 2014
Widening Mobility Funding Gap Fuels Urgency
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund balance will hit zero sometime around July or August 2014—less than 6 months from now. When that happens, if no new transfers are made, funding to the states will stop. Will congressional gridlock impede a sustainable funding solution?
March 17, 2014
Will Benchmarking Really Benefit Municipalities?
New federal legislation may require benchmarking energy use for municipal buildings, which can lower costs and reduce harmful emissions in our cities.
December 02, 2013
Obstacles and Potholes in the Path to Interstate Tolling
The path to interstate tolling is littered with obstacles and pitfalls, like the current federal ban on tolling existing free roads and the lack of a nationwide toll interoperability agreement. Overcoming these will require Congress to act.
October 16, 2013
Will Anaerobic Digestion Make Utilities Energy Independent?
As utilities seek a path to energy independence, anaerobic digestion—one of the readily accessible sources of renewable energy in wastewater treatment facilities—could offer the best direction.
July 30, 2013
Electronic Tolling: Key to Rebuilding the Interstate System
In 50 years, roughly $2.5 trillion will be spent on the upkeep of the interstate highway system, unless a more sustainable source of revenue is found. As states look for new ways to pay for rebuilding and preserving these roads, electronic tolling is gaining interest as a long-term solution.
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.
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?