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JAN
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In a previous post, I told you about a project APWA's Center for Sustainability has been participating in with several of our partners, including The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) , the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  Shortly before the end of the year we  announce the release of a new livability resource, Livability Literature Review: A Synthesis of Current Practice. This new comprehensive report describes how livability is understood, provides examples of livable communities in practice, and adds clarity to several concepts.



In order to build and improve upon the work of the partnership, we are still seeking case studies that showcase how you are creating more livable communities.  We have put together a simple survey monkey form for you to use to submit your stories today.  These case studies will showcase the important work in which your community is engaged and help future communities create more livable communities. Click HERE to share your case study.

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JAN
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Are you looking for a way to demonstrate the sustainability of the projects you are working on?

 

A growing number of executives at leading global infrastructure consulting and engineering firms believe that the key to sustainability, which includes balancing the need for economic development with the imperative to use resources prudently, goes well beyond buildings and must include surrounding infrastructure – power, transportation, building campuses, telecommunications, waste and water and wastewater, and all elements must be integrated. A growing number of these profession­als also believe that it is necessary to develop a sustainability rating system for infra­structure, modeled on LEED and based on agreed-upon, and in many cases, quantifi­able metrics.  Such a system would provide a consensus-based measure of how localities are doing in bringing sustainability to their communities, as well as provide a clear yard­stick for achievement by infrastructure de­velopers, who increasingly need to justify their capital investments to stakeholders on the basis clear criteria.   The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system was developed just for this purpose.

The Environmental Business Journal November 10, 2012 article details how ISI has developed and is expanding on the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, which does just that. To read all about it, use the link (http://ebionline.org/excerpts/1543-zofnass-project-combines-with-isi-to-generate-metrics-for-sustainable-infrastructure) to access the full article and visit their website.  Provided courtesy of Environmental Business Journal. Click here to learn more about the Consulting & Engineering 2013 edition of Environmental Business Journal and to review all EBJ back issues, go to http://www.ebionline.org/ebj-issues.

 

 

 

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JAN
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Everyday when I open my inbox I find a new report or set of best practices relating to sustainability.  Here's one that from AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials')  Center  Environmental Excellence that documents how state transportation departments, municipal planning organizations, and transit providers are putting into practice proven techniques that are speeding up project delivery and cutting costs while protecting and even improving environmental resources.

Leaner and Greener: Sustainability at Work in Transportation issued by AASHTO, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, showcases some of the many ways transportation agencies are simultaneously cutting costs, helping the environment, and strengthening communities.