climate change

Pandemic Slowing Clean Energy Jobs & Energy Efficiency Growth

ASCE’s recent COVID-19 Status Report notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing energy infrastructure challenges, delaying some investments in the short term and costing nearly half a million Americans working in renewable energy their jobs. According to a new analysis by BW Research Partnership, the clean energy sector has grown less than 1% over......

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The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure focuses on growth and COP26 at its first anniversary

One year ago, global leaders from mayors to civil engineers and engineering organizations joined forces to identify the biggest barriers to infrastructure adaptation and resilience, and to understand how the engineering community could act as a catalyst for action, which came to fruition as the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI). Leaders from across the......

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Unveil the INVEST in America Act

With the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act set to expire on September 30,  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), released text of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, a key component of the Moving Forward Framework that House Democrats,......

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Future World Vision Unveiled 2019 ASCE Convention With Extra Push for Infrastructure Advocacy

ASCE’s 2019 Convention looked a little different this year. Attendees are able to step inside a Floating City – the first installment in ASCE’s Future World Vision, which was officially unveiled at this year’s Convention. Outgoing ASCE President Robin A. Kemper opened the morning energizing the audience by sounding the alarm on infrastructure. In her......

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Senate Panel Moves on Surface Transportation Bill

Bipartisanship was in the air on Capitol Hill this week. If there’s one issue both political parties can agree on, that’s infrastructure. This was evident this week as the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced, marked up, and voted out of Committee S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA). This legislation......

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House Transportation Examines Climate Change and Infrastructure

On Tuesday, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure examined the role the transportation sector plays in climate change, which included the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency. Committee Members heard from individuals in the public and private sectors on ways to reduce carbon emissions and building resilient infrastructure. At this hearing, “Examining......

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Trump Administration Releases National Climate Assessment

The effects of climate change are now touching communities across the country. These effects include year-round flooding, more risks associated with future disasters, increasing ozone levels as temperatures are rising, and more states are taking proactive steps to adapt to climate change impacts. Required by law, scientists in the Trump Administration last week released the......

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California Report Plots Path for Climate-Safe Infrastructure

Paying it Forward: The Path Toward Climate-Safe Infrastructure in California, released on Wednesday, offers comprehensive recommendations on how the state can move forward to ready its infrastructure for a changing climate. California is a leader in this area, understandably so given the droughts, wildfires, and mudslides the state endures. The report is a direct result......

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GAO Examines Economic Impact of Extreme Weather Events

This week the US Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) released CLIMATE CHANGE: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure, a report detailing the cost to the federal government of climate-related impacts that have already occurred, and how that cost is expected to rise.  Over the last decade, extreme weather......

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