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AASHTO awards top prizes in the Faces of Transportation photo/video contest

Washington, D.C. — Two aesthetically intriguing photographs and two compelling videos won top prizes in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials. The photographs taken on opposite sides of the country of people interacting with bridges won the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Awards.

William Brock Johnson posthumously awarded the 2014 Courage in Leadership Award

Fayetteville, Ark. — William Brock Johnson (1949-2012) was named the recipient of the 2014 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award, an award recognizing outstanding leaders in the AEC industry. Brock was the President and CEO of Garver in North Little Rock, Ark., and led the company through a period of transformational growth despite the past recession. He lost a battle with cancer in 2012.

Woolpert to re-energize Columbus Historic District

Columbus, Ohio — Woolpert was chosen to provide design and conceptual engineering services for a street rehabilitation project that will transform a major connector into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly asset serving a residential neighborhood.

Big data and transportation infrastructure converge at ARTBA’s TransOvation Workshop

Washington, D.C. — How will “big data” impact transportation systems in our cities and towns? When will highways be fully equipped with internet capability? What will America’s transportation network look like by 2030? Participants at the fourth annual Dr. J. Don Brock “TransOvation Workshop” will explore these and other questions at the Nov. 17-19 event, hosted by Microsoft at its headquarters near Seattle.

Wastewater treatment plant aims to go off-the-grid

Los Angeles — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the Bureau of Reclamation, the California Energy Commission, and Congressman Col. Paul Cook at the ceremonial start of Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s carbon-neutral energy project located at their wastewater treatment facility in Victorville, Calif. The facility aims to go off-the-grid, creating energy using tons of waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinized

Manchester, U.K. — Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually fared better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

Sixteen public works professionals selected for APWA Emerging Leaders Academy

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that 16 public works professionals were selected for the APWA Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) Program for 2014-2015. The selected participants engage in a year-long national Emerging Leaders Academy program that provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works. This year marks the eighth class of the special Academy program offered by APWA for emerging leaders.

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