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Practitioner Spotlight--Todd Gift


Antea Group highlights Todd Gift, its environmental remediation consultant based in Austin, TX. Todd is most interested in the sustainability aspects of environmental liability management. He operates a non-profit that raises goats, and talks about the time he slept in his truck as a freshman.

Read more about Todd here.

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Solving the Sustainable Global Housing Problem

by Emma Kantrowitz

In the suburb of Hackbridge in South West London, a sustainable social housing movement is taking place. BedZED, the U.K.’s first large-scale “eco-village,” is leading the way in the global movement to improve sustainable social housing offerings.

‘Worldwide 25% of Emissions Come from Transportation’

Better urban environment unequivocally warrants better planning and modal shift to public transport and new clean energy options for personal mobility

“Worldwide 25 per cent of emissions come from transportation”,, said Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director - Natural Capital, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), during the ‘3rd Business and Climate Summit 2017’.

From Urban Centers to Suburban Developments, Community Gardens Are on the Rise

by Adam Bonislawski

Be it a yard, a nearby park or a terrace, outdoor space is a much desired amenity for house hunters everywhere. Combine that with an increased awareness and interest in where our food is coming from, and you’ve got a fertile environment for community gardens.

And while such spots are unquestionably great for growing vegetables, builders and developers are finding that they might also be good for growing sales.

Trash to Treasure: Converting Landfills to Public Green Space

by Adam Bonislawski

As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And what’s more treasured, particularly in dense urban areas, than parkland?

Changing patterns of waste disposal are making many conventional landfills obsolete, and, in turn, municipalities are repurposing these facilities as green spaces, at once removing public eyesores and adding new amenities for their residents.

Toward a Living Community

A Vision for Seattle's First Hill and Adjacent Neighborhoods
The time is now to make the First Hill and Central District neighborhoods of Seattle the most environmentally regenerative, socially just, and culturally thriving neighborhoods in the nation.
This document is the summation of a year’s work to create a vision of a Living Community for the First Hill and Central District neighborhoods (hereafter referred to as the community). 
The intent of this document is to: 
  1. Provide a physical record of the work; 

AECOM Impact Blog: Excellence Awards — River of Life Project Brings Together a Diverse Team


AECOM Impact blog

Scott Dunn, AECOM director of development, Southeast Asia, discusses his team's progress implementing a sustainable solution for the urban transformation of the Klang River and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Houston Bicycle Revolutionaries

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Do you ever wonder why so many people ride bikes in a place like the Netherlands while so few do in Texas? Both places are flat with temperate weather, and physicists call the bicycle the most efficient means for human transportation yet invented, so why do residents in one location ride bicycles at so much lower a rate? Well, the answer, it turns out, is complicated and involves political, cultural, and practical factors.

Managing the Megacity

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With more than 20 Million people in its area, Mumbai is one of the most populated urban regions in the world. To provide safety and services to its citizens, the megacity relies on one of the largest SAP installation in a municipal operation worldwide.

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Interior Department Approves 10,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy; SC Johnson Earns EPA SmartWay Excellence Award; Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference to be held in Saint Louis - Energy Minute for October 18, 2012

Press Release

The Department of the Interior has approved 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects on public lands. The approval meets the goals of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Since 2009, Interior has authorized 33 renewable energy projects, including 18 utility-scale solar facilities, 7 wind farms, and 8 geothermal plants. When built, the projects will provide enough electricity to power more than 3.5 million homes and support 13,000 construction and operations jobs.

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