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.
APWA Announces Sustainability in Public Works Track at 2015 International Public Works Congress & Expo
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
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) recently announced the formation of the Envision® Review Board (ERB) to oversee the ongoing development of ISI’s Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, initially launched in 2012.
The mission of the ERB is to assure the continued integrity and efficacy of ISI’s Envision sustainability rating system and its associated tools, resources, and documents and to provide for consistency in interpretation and development.
The formation of the ERB is a necessary step in ensuring that future developments are transparent, collaborative, and stakeholder-guided,” said ISI Board of Directors Chair, Terry Neimeyer, CEO and Chairman of KCI Technologies.
The inaugural ERB consists of 15 members who were selected from the US and Canada and represent a broad cross-section of the industry. It includes 3 representatives from public agencies (New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, and the Port of Long Beach) and one representative who is a member of APWA (Andy Sauer, Project Manager for Burns & McDonnell).
The complete ERB list and additional information is available here: