About the Author

Lori Lovely

Winner of several Society of Professional Journalists awards, Lori Lovely writes about topics related to waste management and technology.

Articles by Lori Lovely

Phase Change Technology Energizes Buildings

Energy

Phase Change Technology Energizes Buildings

Phase change technology has been used in a very basic sense for hundreds of years, predominantly in the form of melting ice to keep food and people cool. Ice box refrigerators and artificial refrigeration date back to the 1750s, although it wasn’t until 1834 that the first vapor-compression refrigeration system

Value Stacking

Energy

Value Stacking

Improving return on investment by reducing the payback period, increasing efficiency, and lowering costs are common business goals. One method of enhancing the economics of distributed energy resources technology investments involves bundling grid applications to stack up multiple value streams.

Organically Contained

Waste

Organically Contained

At least five states have imposed bans prohibiting the disposal of organics in landfills. Some states and cities imposed mandatory organic waste recycling laws that target generators of anywhere from 1 ton of food waste per week to 104 tons of food waste or more per year.

Enhancing the Human Condition

Construction

Enhancing the Human Condition

Throughout the heavy equipment industry, a significant labor shortage of experienced operators is universally acknowledged. The situation has become so dire that, according to Jeff Drake—business area manager for earthmoving machine control systems, Trimble—some contractors are “importing” operators from other states.

Water Demand Management

Water

Water Demand Management

Mni wiconi is Lakota for “water is life.” The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential.

Waste Collection Vehicle Maintenance

Waste

Waste Collection Vehicle Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, the basics still apply, says Curtis Dorwart, refuse product manager for Mack Trucks. “Don’t forget the basics! The life of a truck can be 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance.”

Water Pipe Restoration

Water

Water Pipe Restoration

More than a million miles of underground pipes carry water to our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. These pipes last a long time, but pipes placed during the late 19th century through the middle of the 20th century are nearing—or have already reached—the end of their useful life.

Compact Excavators and Their Advantages

Construction

Compact Excavators and Their Advantages

Designed to fill the gap left by their full-size counterparts, compact excavators can be—and are—used in a wide variety of applications. “When space is limited or efficiency is the priority, compact excavators can handle any type of excavation job on a smaller scale, including trenching, grading, material handling, and operating

Little Excavators, Big Jobs

Construction

Little Excavators, Big Jobs

Designed to fill the gap left by their full-size counterparts, compact excavators can be—and are—used in a wide variety of applications. “When space is limited or efficiency is the priority, compact excavators can handle any type of excavation job on a smaller scale, including trenching, grading, material handling, and operating

Radical Rehab

Water

Radical Rehab

More than a million miles of underground pipes carry water to our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. These pipes last a long time, but pipes placed during the late 19th century through the middle of the 20th century are nearing—or have already reached—the end of their useful life.