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ISO 14001 revision proceeds to final stage

Geneva, Switzerland — ISO 14001 on environmental management systems has progressed to Final Draft International Standard – the next stage in the ISO standard revision process – following approval of the latest draft by an impressive 92 percent at the end of 2014.

DOT announces $1.33 billion loan for Seattle-area light rail extension

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $1.33 billion loan to Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for construction of the East Link Light Rail Extension Project. The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan will expand the popular Link system serving the Puget Sound region and help Sound Transit implement a voter approved regional capital improvement plan.

GBA updates free Limitation-of-Liability Case Index

Silver Spring, Md. — The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) published a new edition of Limitation-of-Liability Case Index, an important legal reference conveying in lay terms the results of 75 cases where the legality of limitation-of-liability provisions has been challenged in the courts, usually without success.

UC Davis student housing project earns LEED Platinum

Sacramento, Calif. — The University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase 3 facility recently earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design features. Sundt Construction, Inc. was the design-build contractor for the dormitory complex, which was completed in fall 2014.

Administration announces programs to increase infrastructure investment

Washington, D.C. — The Obama Administration announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to bring private-sector capital and expertise to bear on improving our nation’s roads, bridges, and broadband networks. First, the Administration launched a new Water Finance Center at the Environmental Protection Agency and highlighting the progress of the Rural Opportunity Investment Initiative at the Department of Agriculture. The Administration also announced a new set of infrastructure tax proposals that will level the playing field for projects that combine public and private investment.

EPA launches finance center to improve water infrastructure and resiliency

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change.

Rep. Blumenauer to reintroduce gas tax increase

Washington, D.C. — Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a Member of the Ways & Means Committee, announced that he will reintroduce the UPDATE Act: Update, Promote, and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials. This bill increases the gas tax to fund the repair of our failing infrastructure.

Caltrans releases complete streets action plan

Sacramento, Calif. — In a continuing effort to further its new mission to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability, Caltrans has released the “Complete Streets Implementation Action Plan 2.0,” an updated strategy on how the department will work to continue to address the safety and mobility needs for all modes of transportation.

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