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How Net Zero Energy Electrified Learning at This Oregon School

Inspiring students with a net-zero energy school design
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Alex Baumgardner, marketing and commuications manager with Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group, wrote an article for the International Living Future Institute’s Trim Tab magazine.

In the blog, Alex discusses Tetra Tech’s work in designing a net-zero energy educational facility alongside architecture firm Bora Architects with the purpose of not only delivering a sustainable development but also inspiring students who require an augmented approach to learning.

In the Trim Tab article, Alex writes:

Ecocentricity Blog: Buildings Made of Sky

By: John A. Lanier
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In The New Carbon Architecture, Bruce King and his merry band of authors unpack all of the ways in which we can eliminate embodied carbon emissions when constructing buildings, and even go beyond to construct carbon negative buildings.

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In The New Carbon Architecture, Bruce King and his merry band of authors unpack all of the ways in which we can eliminate embodied carbon emissions when constructing buildings, and even go beyond to construct carbon negative buildings.

Bridgestone Plants Receive Highest Rating from Caterpillar

Certification recognizes facilities as suppliers offering superior quality for multiple consecutive years
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TOKYO, January 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Bridgestone Corporation today announced that, in 2019, Bridgestone Group factories were recognized with Platinum Level certification, the highest rating in the Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) of Caterpillar Inc. (Caterpillar), a world-leading manufacturer for construction and mining equipment. 

5 Questions With... The Design Team Behind Mohawk Group's Owls Collection

By Carlene Olsen
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Mohawk Group, an innovator in the flooring space, recently introduced its Owls carpet collection, which has a net positive impact on the planet given innovations in materials, manufacturing processes, and community initiatives.

Black & Veatch: Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

A Letter From Our CEO: Accelerating Sustainability
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The beginning of a new year is always a great time for reflection, even more so when it’s the beginning of a new decade. At Black & Veatch, we design and build projects to operate for decades, so the long view comes naturally. It was with this spirit that in 2019 we undertook a series of initiatives to embrace the world we see today and prepare for the world we want in the years ahead.

Black & Veatch: Reliability, Efficiency and Resiliency Drive Utilities’ Grid Modernization Efforts

New Strategic Directions Report explores the critical role of data and advanced communications systems in delivering the grid of the future
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., January 21, 2020/3BL Media/ – Data is poised to tell the story of our utility systems. But are we ready to listen?

Congratulations to the 2019 Construction Excellence Awards Winners

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Construction Excellence Awards! On November 21, GBCA celebrated the best projects and programs from Philadelphia’s commercial construction industry at a gala event at Vie. Thanks to Gina Gannon of 6abc for hosting the event, and to the event’s sponsors!

Owner: Subaru of America, Inc.
Architect: Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Other GBCA Members Involved:

Delivering Resiliency as a Service

Utilities need to be forward-thinking while also offering shareholders value
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When it comes to grid modernization, where utilities want to spend money — and where they have approval to spend money — are not the same thing. Under today’s regulatory models, utilities typically do not have a way to recapture all the fixed costs required for critical upgrades. This can mean the choice between keeping the lights on today and preparing the grid for the challenges of the future.

Key Risk Evaluations of Assets by Utilities Focus on Regulation, Evolving Customer Expectations

These factors and many more are driving risk for utilities
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With great power comes great responsibility, meaning it falls to utilities to ensure that their transmission  and  distribution  (T&D)  assets can — and will — perform at the appropriate reliability and safety levels while continuing to meet regulatory and environmental standards.

Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and-Mouse Game Against Hackers

Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
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For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based  renewable  energy  developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the  West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages  resulted.

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