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EPA invites communities to apply for assistance to build resilience, pursue revitalization

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches. EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.

NACTO announces Global Designing Cities Program

San Francisco — The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced that it will develop and publish a new Global Street Design Guide, the first-ever worldwide standard for designing city streets and prioritizing safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility. The guide is the first project of what will become the Global Designing Cities Program, a multi-year initiative to provide guidance on street and public space design to cities around the world.

Infrastructure project coordination and collaboration saves Chicago more than $14.5 million

Chicago — The City of Chicago instituted its Project Coordination Office (PCO) in 2012 to facilitate coordination between multiple service providers within the public right of way. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) selected Collins Engineers, Inc., a Chicago civil and structural engineering firm, to administer the PCO and provide oversight for the coordination of all city utility construction activities. Under the management of the PCO, conflicts are now identified and addressed readily, reducing the risk of duplicated efforts on construction, contributing to $14.5 million in savings YTD 2014 with new processes implemented by the PCO, including the dotMaps application.

Alta Environmental to conduct stormwater monitoring program at Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles — The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) awarded a contract to Alta Environmental for environmental technical and expert consulting services for up to $5 million for three years on an as-needed basis. Under this contract, Alta will install new stormwater monitoring equipment and conduct stormwater monitoring, analysis, and reporting for Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, and Van Nuys Airport.

FTA holds online dialogue on private-sector participation

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration is hosting an online dialogue on private-sector participation from Oct. 22, 2014 to Nov. 26, 2014. The Private Sector Participation provisions of MAP-21 require FTA to undertake actions, including a rulemaking, to promote more effective utilization of private sector expertise, financing, and operational capacity to deliver costly and complex new fixed guideway capital projects.

Louis Berger wins project to support post-Sandy programs for business recovery and resiliency

Morristown, N.J. — The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) awarded Louis Berger a multi-year, on-call contract to provide environmental services for post-Sandy business recovery and resiliency programs. Louis Berger will provide comprehensive environmental, economic, historic resources and strategic consulting services for citywide business recovery and rebuilding projects potentially eligible to receive federal grant funds.

MIT study shows effective way to desalinate water from fracked wells

Cambridge, Mass. — The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia say they have found an economical solution for removing the salt from this water.

Asphalt gets cooler, greener

Lanham, Md. — Asphalt pavement mixes have grown significantly more sustainable over the past five years thanks to the increased use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies. According to the latest survey of asphalt mix producers conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 106.4 million tons of warm-mix asphalt — nearly a third of all asphalt pavement mix production — was used during the 2013 construction season.

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