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A Heavy-Equipment Manufacturer that Digs Sustainability

A Heavy-Equipment Manufacturer that Digs Sustainability

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I find that in talking to friends, family, or acquaintances, there are still a great number of people who, when they think of heavy construction equipment, think of black smoke streaming from tall exhaust pipes while engines thunder so loud that nothing else can be heard. And they think of  … Read More

“A Biology Major With a Thousand Dollars and a Kitchen”

“A Biology Major With a Thousand Dollars and a Kitchen”

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about it here, but the Zika virus hasn’t gone away; the problem of how to address it—develop a vaccine? Try to stop its path of transmission?—is still very much with us.

One way to slow it down, at least, is to eradicate the  … Read More

The Future of Energy

The Future of Energy

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The energy industry is in the midst of a dramatic transformation as it reevaluates and reconfigures the way that it generates, stores, and distributes electrons.

Energy demand worldwide increases by 2% each year as our culture becomes more energy-dependent. Meanwhile, mounting concern over CO2 emissions, fossil fuel usage, and sustainability have  … Read More

Be Very Afraid

Be Very Afraid

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With wildfires still raging throughout southern California, it might seem strange to concentrate on a completely different kind of natural disaster. But there are some instructive similarities in what we do—or don’t do—when faced with unpleasant possibilities like fires, earthquakes, and floods.

Lucy Jones is a seismologist who has spent  … Read More

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

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As many of you know, one of my favorite books is a collection of poems called Odes to Common Things. In it, Pablo Neruda writes about ordinary objects that we often take for granted. In “Ode to my Socks,” he outlines the fundamentals of comfort. He analyzes a universe of  … Read More

A Lump of Coal for Christmas

A Lump of Coal for Christmas

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As we near the end of the year, we continue to keep our eyes on the latest developments regarding the China waste ban. By staying on top of any changes, our reactions and decisions will be informed.

Of course, the Solid Waste Association of North America is meticulously monitoring the situation,  … Read More

Give Infrastructure Some Credit

Give Infrastructure Some Credit

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria so far have caused damages totaling in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The fires in Northern California’s wine country have, so far, racked up a $3 billion tab. And for good measure, let’s mention the more than a dozen other hurricanes this past year,  … Read More

The Flood Insurance Dilemma

The Flood Insurance Dilemma

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Here’s a quick quiz: which of the 50 states has the highest hidden flood risk? (Scroll down for the answer.)

You might guess Florida—I did—but that low-lying coastal state, in fact, comes in second. And although Florida does have the greatest overall flood risk, hidden risk is something different: it  … 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

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

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

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

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

Wastewater to Wine

Wastewater to Wine

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Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe is a landscape of contrasts. Vibrant green vineyard rows are bordered by arid desert. Water is scarce in this winegrowing region known for its crisp whites and complex red blends. Therefore, it has begun turning wastewater into wine.

Just north of the Valle de Guadalupe, Camillo  … Read More

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis—Part 2

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis—Part 2

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Last week, we started a conversation with Caterpillar’s Bob De Lange, the group president of construction industries, about CAT’s Next Gen excavators and other measures taking place at the company. This week, we cover Caterpillar’s electronic solutions, what the focus will be in 2018, doing business in current and future  … Read More

Design and Planning for Landfill Gas Collection Systems

Design and Planning for Landfill Gas Collection Systems

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Most landfill gas design engineers are accustomed to preparing design drawings to incorporate the installation of a gas system into an existing landfill that has been accepting waste for many years. The landfill may require a gas system per the New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) regulations or may be adding  … Read More

Looking at Less

Looking at Less

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It’s a situation many people, programs, and agencies confront year after year if they rely on government funding: just how big will our budget be? Which aspects of the program can we keep going, and what will need to be cut?

Those questions are looming now for a high-profile environmental  … Read More

Tackling Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and Flooding Issues in St. Louis

Tackling Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and Flooding Issues in St. Louis

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St. Louis has been singing the blues for some time—not only musically, but also over stormwater. The city has had combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the Mississippi River and backed up basement drains in the neighborhoods closest to the river along the city’s eastern edge, causing flooding and pollution  … Read More

Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates

Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates

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“The current reality of smart cities is that there aren’t any,” asserts a recent Scientific American article. And it’s true. While there are a number of cities with “smart” elements, such as networked cameras and traffic signals or daylight-sensing streetlights, most of today’s smart cities are made up of smart  … Read More

The Groundwater Problem

The Groundwater Problem

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We’ve talked a lot about drought in the US, and although it seems to be lessening in many areas, we’re still drawing heavily on groundwater for irrigation and drinking water supplies—so much so that the ground is subsiding.

We’re not alone, however, and as this article describes, the Middle East—particularly  … Read More

Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your Service

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Navy vessel USS Ranger (CV-61) was commissioned in 1957. She was the first carrier vessel built from inception as an angled-deck ship. During her 37 years of service, she earned 13 battle stars serving in the Vietnam War, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf. On November 1, 1983, a  … Read More

Incentivized Conservation

Incentivized Conservation

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Farmers in Colorado’s San Luis Valley raise potatoes, alfalfa, barley, and quinoa. But the arid, 8,000-square-mile area between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges only receives an average of 7 inches of rainfall each year. So for decades, farmers have irrigated their fields from the subsurface groundwater.

In  … Read More

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis

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Caterpillar recently announced the introduction of its Next Generation Excavators. The three new models are the CAT 320 GC, the CAT 320, and the CAT 323. The stripped down numeric designations signify a streamlining philosophy to work in conjunction with empirical data mined for the purpose of servicing Caterpillar customers.

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