Tag Archives: Environment

2017 Built Environment Symposium

​Science informs us that our perceptual engagement with the environment, including the built environment, is enacted at the most basic level as a multisensory “whole-organism experience.” This symposium, hosted by the Driehaus Foundation, will explore the inevitable shift of perspective from the “object” of design to the “experience” of those inhabiting the built forms, and consider the implications for the practice of architecture. It will be hosted at The University Club of Chicago. Registration opens August 17. Learn more... Read more

Community-Based Air Monitoring Webinar

​This webinar will highlight two community-based air monitoring projects. The first is a collaboration among the California Environmental Health Tracking Program. The second is a partnership between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Fairmount Greenway Task Force. The presenters will discuss their approaches, the benefits of those approaches, and future opportunities. Learn more and register  ... Read more

Catalyzing Green Infrastructure on Private Property: Recommendations for a Green, Equitable, and Sustainable New York City

A new report has been released in hopes to that the recommendations will help New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection succeed in achieving water quality goals while also contributing to citywide efforts toward stronger, sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. Learn more... Read more

Rating Green Space by Tranquility could Mean Higher Quality Developments

A scientific tool to measure the tranquility of urban environments and public spaces could lead to the creation of better green space in developments, according to its creators. Lead researcher Professor Greg Watts from the UK’s University of Bradford said the Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool (TRAPT) tool could help planners, architects and environmentalists understand the impact of greening measures like trees, hedges or additional vegetation on urban spaces. Read more... Read more

To Clean Up Our Water, Go ‘Nuts’ Like this Iowa Farmer

Seth Watkins has impressive Iowa agriculture bona fides: He’s a fourth-generation farmer. He raises 600 cows and tends 3,200 acres east of Clarinda in southwest Iowa. His grandmother, Jessie Field Shambaugh, founded 4-H. Yet some Iowans have called him “nuts” for sowing grass where he could plant more corn. Read more... Read more

Demolition Set to Begin on Eklutna’s ‘Deadbeat Dam’

A long-orphaned dam on Alaska’s Eklutna River is getting demolished after sitting unused for over 60 years. The Conservation Fund and Eklutna Inc. are dismantling the dam this summer, with the hopes of restoring salmon runs. When demolition is complete, the area will eventually return to its natural state, with high canyon walls visible once again. While more remains to be done, experts expect fish to come back quickly, and even more animals after that. People can expect to see... Read more

Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation

​The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is accepting applications for its Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Documentation Preparation, covering documents signed from June 15, 2015 to June 14, 2017. The biennial award recognizes environmental assessments and environmental impact statements that exemplify best practices for a well-managed environmental documentation process, comply with prevailing requirements and expectations, and achieve the objective of paperwork reduction. Applications due June 30. Learn more and apply... Read more

International Conference on Ecology and Transportation

​Join the ninth biennial ICOET conference, co-hosted by the Utah and Wyoming Departments of Transportation, with support from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration. ICOET is the foremost interdisciplinary, interagency supported conference addressing the broad range of ecological issues related to transportation systems in all modes. Experts in transportation development, related scientific study, policy issues and administrative processes gather at ICOET to share current research, quality applications and best practices that can enhance both the project development process and the... Read more
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