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Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / June 6, 2013
With many water systems across the U.S. now more than 50 years old and some up to 100 years old, the nation’s drinking water infrastructure is in need of significant improvements to remain functioning through 2030, according to a new survey from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment shows that $384 billion in improvements are needed across 73,400 water systems by 2030 in order for the systems to continue providing safe drinking water to the U.S.
The survey identifies investments needed over the next 20Read More
Jennifer Goodman / ECOBUILDING Pulse / May 30, 2013
The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has received funding to support a research project dedicated to developing a new financial model for advanced green building and infrastructure projects.
The “Economics of Change” initiative will work at local, state, and federal levels to examine accounting practices, valuation policies, regulatory structures, and green building incentives. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a new model for real estate investment that will remove the artificial financial disincentives for deep green buildings, according to a press
Annie Donovan, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality / Skoll World Forum / 2013 Forum
The communities of the future will be smarter about their use of resources. That seems inevitable. More investment is flowing to technologies such as upgraded power grids with smart meters that allow users to better manage their consumption of electricity, and energy-efficient buildings that reduce the cost of operations and improve human health through better air quality. An emerging area that is gaining momentum and deserves the attention of impact investors is green infrastructure for stormwater management. It is a strategy that holds promise as a smarter way to reduce infrastructureRead More
ASCE releases new study detailing the economic consequences of failing to invest in America’s infrastructure
ASCE / PUBLIC WORKS / January 22, 2013
Reston, VA – Improving the condition of our nation’s aging roads, bridges, power lines, sewer systems, ports and waterways is critical to protecting 3.5 million jobs according to the new American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report, Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Growth. Between now and 2020, investment needs across key infrastructure sectors total $2.75 trillion, while planned expenditures are about $1.66 trillion, leaving a total investment gap of $1.1 trillion.
“Infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economyRead More
Highways and bridges will need trillions in upgrades if they are to survive for the next few decades. How can Washington budget it if the agenda is all cut, cut, cut?
When officials in Denver started drafting a strategic traffic plan a few years back, they concluded that the city no longer had the money to expand its roads to meet the surging demands. They would have to make do with what they had.
Denver’s planners created a board game, Right of Way, that was scaled to the city’s streets. It had cards that symbolized lanes for travel, parking, buses, bikes, mixed use, and medians. ThereRead More