Top 10 LEED-Certified Buildings in Illinois in 2019

Chicago’s Wacker Drive is an architectural paradise with exceptional attention to green building practices. But sustainability goes beyond Wacker Drive. Advancing further along our journey in assembling the country’s most notable buildings that received the highest levels of LEED certifications in 2019, we’ve made our next stop in Illinois. The Midwestern state continued to make […]

Portland’s PAE Living Office Building Designed For Hospital-Level Quake Performance

Last summer, Paul Schwer, a green mechanical engineer, met with Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler to talk about a subject dear to him—resilient structures for the earthquake-prone city. Those who don’t know Schwer, president of PAE Consulting Engineers Inc., might question why a mechanical engineer would be asking a mayor for a city grant program […]

Water is hidden crisis for Florida and the world

As Floridians, we are surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful waters. However, we are currently facing a hidden water crisis that risks ruining our beautiful state and the entire global community. Floridians can expect to feel the impacts of a water crisis as sea levels rise, our fisheries are threatened and our aquifers […]

Column: California water war re-ignited

Competing demands among agricultural and urban users and environmental advocates for a limited supply of Delta water have played out in political and legal arenas for decades. (Photo: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)   The COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told, is transforming how we live, but one aspect of life in California appears immune to change: […]

European Parliament approves law for reusing treated wastewater

The 13th of May the European Parliament approved the new law for water reuse. Photo: European Parliament. The European Parliament approved the Water Reuse Regulation the 13th of May. After publication in the Official Journal of the European Union it will enter into force after three years. Until now Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP’s) are mainly […]

Making Citizen Science Accessible for All

As April marks National Citizen Science Month and a time to celebrate how the public can support scientific advances and impact change, the University of Arizona researchers are shedding light on ways citizen science projects can better serve historically disenfranchised communities. Using the university’s citizen science-based Project Harvest as a model, researchers analyzed ways scientists […]