The beauty of intelligent machine control is it makes inexperienced operators good, and good operators better,” points out Sebastian Witkowski, product marketing manager for intelligent machine control for Komatsu.
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However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy
Will Enoch was first drawn into using interlocking concrete pavement (ICP) for its aesthetics. When the environmental benefits of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) emerged—including its ability to infiltrate stormwater and pollution runoff and reduce erosion—his interest intensified. He started Enoch Group SPC (Segmental Pavement Consultants and Surveyors), specializing in
Perhaps nothing tests the stabilization of a channel or streambank like a significant flood event, such as Hurricane Harvey delivered in 2017. Such events highlight whether a long-established gabion installation has withstood the test of time.
Flooding anywhere can cause significant life loss and property damage, but geography often dictates the extent of the damage. The chief concerns in Colorado are flash flood events, partly driven by monsoons in the front mountain range out to the Eastern Plains, notes Chris Lochra.
Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality.
Stopping Nonpoint-Source Pollution
In Columbia, MO, the Public Works Department received a Clean Water Act 319 grant for stormwater improvements to reduce nonpoint-source pollution into the creeks and streams.
As Office of Energy and Sustainability (OES) chief at Montgomery County Department of General Services, MD, it is the mission of Eric R. Coffman, CPM, CEM, CEP, LEED-AP, to ensure that the agency provides the best services with the smallest possible environmental footprint. And indeed it has under his leadership,
Operating a successful business often requires diversifying to meet changing needs. Mike Kachur, the owner of Kachur Tree Service in Niles, MI, has learned to turn challenges into opportunities. His company provides site clearing, among other services. Initially, the company’s services generated so much waste, Kachur tired of trying to
California’s wildfires and other natural disasters that have occurred in recent months in the US have tested the endurance not only of those responding during the disasters and in the post-disaster cleanup, but also of the equipment being used in these adverse conditions.
Renewable energy continues to be a growing field and MSW operations are ripe for leveraging that trend, notes Peter Livingston, the renewable energy program manager at Orange County Waste & Recycling (OCWR) in California. OCWR recently completed a detailed study of numerous renewable technologies and their future value, ranking anaerobic