Launch Marks the Final Opportunity for Cities around the World to Join the 100RC Network & Urban Resilience Movement
The Rockefeller Foundation Will Also Announce New $64M Commitment to 100RC, Bringing Total to $164M
The 2015 APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition in Phoenix, AZ will feature a Sustainability in Public Works track including 40 education sessions in which the principles of sustainability are addressed by speakers who discuss maximizing resources, creating lasting and resilient infrastructure, and improving our communities to ensure economic and social viability. These targeted sessions are dedicated to educating attendees on the efficient delivery of infrastructure projects in an environmentally and socially responsible way that ensures the best economic choice in the long term.
The Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) marked a milestone on June 10, 2015. At a celebration attended by municipal, provincial and federal partners, the facility officially received the Envision Platinum Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
Located on the shoreline of Lake Huron, the Grand Bend Area WWTF is the first ISI Envision verification in Canada, and the first wastewater facility to be ISI Envision-verified in the world.
Currently under construction, the Grand Bend Area WWTF is scheduled for completion early 2016.
ASCE's Committee on Adapting to A Changing Climate (CACC) recently released a white paper titled Adapting Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Practice to a Changing Climate. The committee, comprised of more than a dozen leading engineers, spent two years compiling science data and formulating recommendations for civil engineers to recognize and adapt infrastructure to the threats of climate change.
The paper identifies two major challenges of climate change to the engineering practice: uncertainty of climate data at regional scales and shifting the current practice of relying on historic data to utilizing predicted conditions-known as "nonstationary." To address the uncertainty of climate models, the authors suggest increased research and science across disciplines to better understand possible scenarios and develop better regional models. The paper suggests that where data gaps or uncertainty exists, engineers should adopt low-regret adaptive approaches.
Kurt Corey, P.E.
Director of Public Works
City of Eugene