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Climate Change & Economic Development

Global changes in temperature and weather, driven by accumulating greenhouse gases (GHG), are beginning to exacerbate food insecurity, displace coastal communities and undermine livelihoods, especially for people in developing countries.  At the same time, within the past two decades millions of people have emerged from poverty in countries like China, Mexico and Brazil, thus spurring dramatic in...
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CH2M HILL Restores “Cuckoo’s Nest” Hospital

The most sustainable projects reach across time and allow people to draw upon what they value most from the past while also harnessing new understandings to create a better future.  This philosophy guided a major project at Oregon State Hospital (OSH), the location for the Academy Award-winning film, “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which both preserved a national historic landmark and tr...
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Aligning Security, Climate Change & Conservation

On May 10, 2013, a grim milestone occurred as scientists at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory announced an average daily atmospheric carbon dioxide reading just above 400 parts per million, thus confirming Earth’s entry into a new era of climate change and its related risks.  This reading, the highest recorded in more than three million years, serves as a clarion call for the need to adapt to a ...

Thought Leaders Advancing Sustainable Engineering

Advancing Sustainable Engineering

As the North American CEO of a global design, engineering and project-management consultancy, I am continually impressed with how engineers can create sustainable infrastructure solutions.  For example, in Issue 19 (April 2012) of livebetter magazine, engineers Martyn Lass and Kim Oliver told how their team of engineers, project managers, ecologists, soil scientists and sustainability experts collaborated with the United Kingdom’s Olympic Delivery Authority...

Earth View Dancing in the Rays of the Antarctic

Dancing in the Rays of the Antarctic

Antarctica is both a place where Nature has conquered Man and a journey experienced by only .03 percent of the world’s population.  The continent’s pristine beauty is a testament to why the world has given it space, as no nation may claim Antarctica as its own.  The destiny of its magnificent glaciers, which tell the story of the ages, are now in the hands of Man, whose destructive actions have caused great harm to the very foundation of the wonders of this fasci...

Worth Knowing A Better Alternative: Driving Electric

A Better Alternative: Driving Electric

Change is hard.  As much as we like to pretend we are malleable creatures, we have our habits and tend to stick to them.  We get up around the same time, get tired at the same time, eat food on a regimented schedule and drive to work and home again the same way every time.  Often, that drive home requires a stop at the gas station.  But, what if you didn’t have to fill up your tank after work each day?  What if you could ...