Category Archives: Environmental

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Is the EPA talking the talk, but not walking the walk?  In what may be viewed as an ironic twist, the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to move its Region 7 headquarters from its current location in downtown Kansas City, Kansas  to the suburbs, … Continue reading

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A Tower Made of Timber

At first glance, it might appear to be an unsustainable practice, but the proposition of building an entirely wooden skyscraper may be an opportunity for innovation, according to architect and University of Toronto Professor Larry Richards.  The idea that wooden structures could reach … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is…

Photo: MVVA/HNTB Team Who knew roadkill in America is an $8 billion dollar problem?!  Thus, born out of necessity (aptly referred to as an emerging critical priority) according to organizers, comes the ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition.  The … Continue reading

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Dim the Lights…Please?

Photo: If you go all-out with your Christmas light display, you might be doing more harm than good.  According to a recent study presented by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the American Geophysical Union, city … Continue reading

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Going All-Electric?

Photo: Tennessee Valley Authority The LA Auto Show is back, and if it’s any indication of where the automobile industry is headed, look no further than the electric vehicle.  Manufacturerers are trending toward the hybrid/electric vehicle market, seemingly addressing the shift in consumer … Continue reading

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CEQA’s Spaghetti-Like Requirements Irk the Governator

Governor Schwarzenegger has a beef with CEQA. He’s frustrated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and, as he refers to it, the spaghetti-like requirements inherent in the review process. The Governor recently signed into law two new bills, AB231 … Continue reading

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23 Versus 32

Photo: Will Proposition 23 take over the November election in California?  It’s surely shaping up to be the most hotly debated issue this year.  For those unfamiliar, Prop 23 is a ballot initiative that would suspend AB 32.  AB … Continue reading

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