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The Circular Economy Advantage on Bechtel Projects

by James Feiler, Environmental Services Manager and Michael Davies, Project Environmental Manger, SCPx Project
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A defining characteristic of the remarkable industrial development experienced over the last 100 years has been a ‘make-use-dispose’ approach to resource utilization in industrial processes. While this ‘linear economy’ approach has resulted in enormous advances for societies, it also has created an unsustainable demand for and use of resources and materials. With global population expected to swell to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, the intelligent use of limited resources in production and consumption has become a subject of socio-political, environmental, and economic discussion.

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A defining characteristic of the remarkable industrial development experienced over the last 100 years has been a ‘make-use-dispose’ approach to resource utilization in industrial processes. While this ‘linear economy’ approach has resulted in enormous advances for societies, it also has created an unsustainable demand for and use of resources and materials. With global population expected to swell to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, the intelligent use of limited resources in production and consumption has become a subject of socio-political, environmental, and economic discussion.

Collaboration, Creativity and Planning Will Define Smart Cities

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The rise of the smart city will rely on the ability of stakeholders to collaborate, engage citizens and act on data. Partnerships are hard at work and planning is under way to overcome the legacy of siloed services, focus on integrated systems that will ultimately be more adept at delivering critical services, empower communities and elevate our quality of life.

Microgrids Boost Energy Resilience and Independence at Military Installations

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has committed to deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy throughout military installations by 2025. Military bases all over the world have taken a proactive approach in achieving these goals, with many implementing solar photovoltaic (PV) generation.

Screening of the Age of Consequences, Followed by a Facilitated Panel Discussion

Sponsored in part by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. 

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The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. 

Epic Investment Trends in Smart Distribution Systems

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For more than 100 years, electric utilities worldwide made relatively few investments to electric distribution networks; focusing primarily on generation and transmission infrastructure. As such, the traditional electric distribution system—comprised of a passive network of poles, wires, transformers and capacitors— delivered power to commercial, industrial and residential customers in largely the same manner for decades.

Annual Ideagen Silicon Valley Tech for Good Summit 2017

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April 21, 2017 /3BL Media/ - On March 27 & 28, we held our Annual Ideagen Silicon Valley Tech for Good Summit hosted by Capgemini and the following day hosted by Vodafone Americas Foundation. World’s leading companies, start-ups, NGO’s and public sectors joined together to innovate and collaborate via cross-sector innovation.

Shifting to a Digital Grid Forces System-Wide Grid Modernization

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We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.

One Boston Day: How Cities & Companies Can Create a Blueprint for Urban Resilience

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Urban resilience is so much more than disaster preparedness—a truly resilient approach is one that is proactive not just reactive. That’s why today more and more companies and organizations are putting resiliency at the forefront of their responsibility efforts.

Today serves as an opportunity to remind us how vital resiliency is in today’s climate.

Shanghai Tower | Tallest Building in China Serves as Benchmark for Sustainable Design

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Located in Shanghai’s Luijiazui financial district, the award-winning Shanghai Tower rises 632 meters (128 stories), making it the tallest building in China. Shanghai Tower & Construction Co., Ltd selected Cosentini, A Tetra Tech Company, to help create a towering structure that is a benchmark for sustainable design and technological innovation in China.

Jeremy Miller on California’s Water Troubles

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California’s soggy winter and spring belie its long-term water prospects. While it’s true that the Golden State is experiencing record rainfalls, California’s water problems have far from evaporated. A warmer globe means wilder swings of storms and drought, deluges and scarcity. Is the most populous state ready for these wild swings? What are they doing with the surplus that is literally spilling over aquifers right now? And how will they ensure that groundwater stores are not completely depleted?

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