Sustainability measures key to long-lasting concrete pavements

Read the full story in Better Roads. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) is emerging as a leading method of determining the environmental impact at both a macro and micro level in transportation projects in context of sustainability. The concrete pavement industry in particular is pushing for the increased use of this approach. LCAs, which are broadly used …

The Future of Solar Energy

Download the document. This study considers only the two widely recognized classes of technologies for converting solar energy into electricity — photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), sometimes called solar thermal) — in their current and plausible future forms. Because energy supply facilities typically last several decades, technologies in these classes will dominate solar-powered generation …

Corn Walls And Rice Bricks: Tomorrow’s Cities Will Be Built From Crops

Read the full story in Fast Company. Today, pineapple, potatoes, mushrooms, corn, oranges, and bananas are staples of the produce aisle. Tomorrow, they might be the backbones of our cities, according to a new report from Arup. In The Urban Bio Loop, the engineering firm advocates turning organic waste into construction materials as a way to …

How to create a 21st century Conservation Corps

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. For nearly a decade, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), the dean of Ohio's congressional delegation, has been calling for massive federal investment in America's public lands and resources. Inspired in part by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, she has relentlessly championed the creation of an ambitious publicly funded …

Using Intelligent Efficiency to Collect and Analyze Nonenergy Benefits Information

Download the document. In this report, we discuss how information technologies and communication networks are enabling new ways of tracking and analyzing the many benefits of saving energy. When stakeholders can quantify the coincident benefits of energy savings and put monetary value on them, they improve the accuracy of their cost-benefit analysis and increase the …