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Making Sense of The Texas Power Outages

by Aamir Paul
Blog

The Texas grid came within “seconds and minutes” of a grid outage that could’ve lasted months. I think it’s time to raise the sense of urgency around grid modernization and resiliency.

American Airlines and Deloitte Pioneer Market-based Solution to Reduce Carbon Emissions From Air Travel

Innovative pilot program designed to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel
Press Release

FORT WORTH, Texas, February 26,2021 /3BL Media/ ― American Airlines and Deloitte today announced an innovative collaboration to advance the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to reduce emissions from aviation. The SAF emissions agreement between American and Deloitte reduces life cycle emissions from aviation by 3,050 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is equivalent to approximately 10,000 passengers flying one-way from New York City to Los Angeles.

Keeping in Mind IAQ Design and Build Fundamentals in a COVID-centric World

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“All it takes is a sneeze. Whether you’re working at home or in an office, that simple sound triggers a response. For most people, it goes something like this: “Hmm, maybe it’s just a winter allergy. No, that sounded more like a cold. What if there’s a fever? How do I know if it’s the flu or COVID-19? How do I know those germs aren’t spreading through the HVAC system?”  

Fortunately, there are multiple rating systems and certifications already available to help guide the design and construction of buildings that support occupant health, whether during a pandemic or not.”

WSP USA Partners With the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment

Collaborating to integrate climate-related data into cash flow modeling and valuation estimation practices for infrastructure assets.
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 18, 2021 /3BL Media/ — WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services firm, has partnered with the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) on an initiative to support resilient communities and sustained socio-economic development. 

CCRI is focused on developing practical methods and tools to mainstream climate-related data into infrastructure investment decisions.  

To Reduce Climate Impacts, the Building Industry Must Change

Laurent Bataille is executive vice president of the Digital Energy Division at Schneider Electric.
Article

There are large gains to be made by digitizing building infrastructure. Digital technologies enable buildings to understand where people are, what they need, and what they don’t need. An end-to-end digital architecture will give us the potential to reduce our buildings’ impact on the environment by an average of 30% by reducing carbon emissions and lowering energy usage. The best way to achieve this is by integrating onsite renewable energy with active energy management throughout building systems.

Four Water Stewardship Trends to Watch in 2021

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This article is the second in a four-part “Sustainability Trends” series by the WSP USA Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change team.

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This article is the second in a four-part “Sustainability Trends” series by the WSP USA Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change team.

Three Greenhouse Gas Management Trends to Watch in 2021

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This article is the first in a four-part “Sustainability Trends” series by the WSP USA Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change team.

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This article is the first in a four-part “Sustainability Trends” series by the WSP USA Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change team.

Duluth Gets Its First Community-owned Solar Project in Lincoln Park to Benefit Disadvantaged Families and Veterans

Blog

A new garden in town is providing energy to community members in Duluth, MN—but it’s not produced through photosynthesis.

The Lincoln Park Solar Garden is a 40-kilowatt solar array project by Ecolibrium3. The non-profit group in Duluth operates in the low-income Lincoln Park neighborhood to lead and inspire change towards an equitable and sustainable future.

Needing to Build Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World

by Michael Mondshine, Senior VP, Director – Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP USA
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The world was given a unique opportunity in 2020 to take stock of what truly matters and start to better plan for the future through sustainable infrastructure projects

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The world was given a unique opportunity in 2020 to take stock of what truly matters and start to better plan for the future through sustainable infrastructure projects

McDonald's Opens First Net-Zero Restaurant at Disney World

WSP USA provided mechanical-electrical-plumbing engineering and energy analysis for the carbon-neutral fast-food establishment.
Blog

Eight decades after McDonald’s restaurant revolutionized a speedier way to prepare and serve meals, the fast-food giant is once again setting new standards in the industry, laying the groundwork for a more ecologically responsible place to dine.

The façade of the 8,000-square-foot McDonald’s at Disney World in Buena Vista, Florida, not only appears strikingly different than its traditional restaurant chain, but every segment of the building has been meticulously designed to create the world’s first “net-zero” fast food restaurant.

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