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The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

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China covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels in 2015. It also installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day, according to Greenpeace statistics. And it appears to be aiming for domination of one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

Chinese  … Read More

Getting You to a Safe Place

Getting You to a Safe Place

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One statistic is the reason for what some would call a “movement” in the waste industry, at least where SWANA is involved.

Here it is…the solid waste industry is the 5th most dangerous industry in the country.

SWANA Safety Program battles the fact that we’re the 5th most dangerous industry in the  … Read More

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

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Water agency rate structures typically recover costs by charging consumers per gallon, which means that when usage drops, rates have to go up. In many cases, that means that it costs rate payers more to conserve water.

The financial logic is simple. If a company sells less of something, it has  … Read More

Deploying Plastic Against Itself

Deploying Plastic Against Itself

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The amount of plastic debris in the oceans now amounts to hundreds of millions of tons, much of it concentrated in gyres or patches each the size of a largish US state. Although it doesn’t really go away, plastic does break down into smaller pieces—microplastics—that are easily ingested by birds  … Read More

3D Revolution

3D Revolution

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There was recently some big news on the 3D printing front. NASA has awarded $100,000 to the winners of its 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Phase 2, according to the website 3D Printing Industry. Foster and Partners, which is a studio for design and architecture in the UK, won a cash  … Read More

The Beach Is Back

The Beach Is Back

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Some property owners in Florida and other coastal regions are no doubt feeling a bit jealous right now. Beach renourishment—the process of adding sand to an eroding beach—is a costly and painstaking process, and one that in many cases must be repeated to maintain a viable stretch of land. It  … Read More

A Costly Error

A Costly Error

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A few weeks ago at my nephew’s little league baseball game, the umpire made a mistake during the game. He insisted that there were only two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. On a higher level and despite the use of high-definition monitors, instant replay, and slow motion  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs and Reader Favorite articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Stormwater magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Stormwater content.  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Erosion Control magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Erosion Control  … Read More

Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

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A few weeks ago we discussed the repeal of the Waters of the US rule, a policy that in 2015 expanded the types of waterways protected by the federal government to include smaller streams that drain into major rivers, bays, and drinking water sources.

On February 28, President Trump signed an executive  … Read More

Battery Electric Buses Come of Age

Battery Electric Buses Come of Age

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Geoffrey Moore’s book, Crossing the Chasm, speaks to the moment when disruptive technologies make the leap from early adopter to early majority customers, signaling the maturity of a technology and its acceptance as a mainstream solution. This, I think, is where we stand today in the public transit arena with  … Read More

Backup Power Generators for Critical Applications

Backup Power Generators for Critical Applications

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Greg Sala, general sales manager for the East region of Cummins Sales and Service, says there is a saying they have at the Cummins offices: “No one wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I want to buy a generator.'” But when facility owners and operators experience a power outage  … Read More

Drones for Construction Sites and Infrastructure Inspection

Drones for Construction Sites and Infrastructure Inspection

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In recent months, drones have been making their debut on such projects as asphalt production and road paving, used to track job progress and conduct site surveys. It takes less than 20 minutes to fly a 60-acre site, and less than a minute to track progress. Each three-dimensional (3D) model  … Read More

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

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Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)  … Read More

Constructed Wetlands for Erosion Control and Stormwater Mitigation

Constructed Wetlands for Erosion Control and Stormwater Mitigation

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Many people think of wetlands as smelly, mosquito-ridden nuisances, but healthy wetlands provide habitat for birds, fish, amphibians, bats, and other insects that live on mosquitoes. Wetlands are home to more than one-third of the United States’ threatened and endangered species, according to EPA.  … Read More

Remote Control Blade Runners

Remote Control Blade Runners

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The inside of a working gas turbine is a harsh environment. It’s unbearably hot. Spinning blades are in continual motion. These factors make it challenging to inspect and repair turbines without taking them out of service. But engineers at GE’s Global Research Center are working on a solution—and it involves  … Read More

Reducing Coastal Erosion

Reducing Coastal Erosion

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There is a saying that the only thing constant in life is change. In the realm of coastal environments, nothing could be more true. The shifting winds, the tides, and rains are what has created the often beautiful vistas of coastal landscape, the diversity of habitats and ecosystems: stones ground  … Read More

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

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People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. Things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now we can’t imagine what life was like without them.  … Read More

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

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There is an industry-wide push right now to use fan arrays based on efficiency, redundancy, and fit. Not too long ago, the only fans in use in air handlers were double-width, double-inlet (DWDI) fans. In recent years, engineers and facility personnel have begun to understand how plenum fans, if applied  … Read More



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