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EPA awards $2.5 million grant to help restore Louisiana wetlands

Dallas — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $2,502,401 to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana to improve coastal wetlands in Louisiana. The project will create 300 acres of barrier marsh and nourish 130 acres of developing marsh near Bayou Moreau using dredged material from the Gulf of Mexico.

NAPA, FHWA sponsor Asphalt Sustainability Conference

Lanham, Md. — Sustainability, the consideration of environmental, social, and economic impacts, is an increasing priority for road owners and agencies, and the asphalt industry is responding by adopting green construction practices. The Asphalt Sustainability Conference, Nov. 4–5 in New Orleans, will focus on current and forthcoming sustainability initiatives within the asphalt pavement industry.

CFSEI webinar to review brace design provisions and torsion considerations

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 Brace Design Provisions and Torsion Considerations” on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

CH2M HILL announces Charter Membership of Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Englewood, Colo. — CH2M HILL announced its Charter Membership of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). As part of its ISI membership, the company has also committed to enrolling 100 employees in the ISI Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) credentialing program. When credentialed, these employees will be able to document and rate sustainability aspects of infrastructure projects in collaboration with ISI’s Envision infrastructure rating system.

Research seeks better prediction of mine and other collapse

Adelaide, South Australia — University of Adelaide engineering researchers are investigating ways to better predict the possible collapse of mines, dam embankments and large infrastructure sites. The four-year project aims to improve understanding and develop practical formulas to help engineers connect what's happening in the soil, rocks and concrete at micro-level with large-scale factors that trigger collapse.

Bentley announces project finalists in 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition

Exton, Pa. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the project finalists in the 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition, which honor the work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Nine independent panels of jurors, comprising industry experts, selected the 54 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 49 countries.

Researchers release Complete Streets design guide

Portland, Ore. — National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) researchers created a design manual to aid traffic engineers, transportation planners, elected officials, businesses, and community stakeholders in re-envisioning their streets. Traditionally, road design in the U.S. has been based on the simple principle of moving as many cars as possible, but the Complete Streets movement is gaining ground as planners and engineers work to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and can accommodate all modes of transportation.

AECOM awarded contract for Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project

Los Angeles — AECOM Technology Corporation was awarded a design-build contract from National Grid, in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project in New York City. The project will consist of injecting pipeline-quality gas into National Grid’s existing gas network through designing and constructing a purification system that converts biogas by-product from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant into renewable natural gas for residential and commercial use.

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