Environmental Planning Articles

  • ´High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock´

    Ken Goldstein, CGWP moderated a session titled “High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock” at the 2017 NGWA Conference on Fractured Rock and Groundwater, October 2-3 in Burlington, Vermont. Goldstein is senior vice president, water and environmental systems at Louis Berger. He recently shared his insights with us on fractured rock characterization and what he is looking ...

  • Moderator shares how upcoming conference will foster development of new technologies in fractured rock

    Ken Goldstein, CGWP, will moderate a session titled “High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock” at the upcoming 2017 NGWA Conference on Fractured Rock and Groundwater, October 2-3 in Burlington, Vermont. Goldstein is senior vice president, water and environmental systems at Louis Berger. He recently ...

  • Papers sought for special journal issue on SEA in the private sector

    Papers are sought for a special issue of the journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA) on investigating the use of Strategic Environmental Assessment in the private sector. Submissions are due by 30 October 2017. For more than a decade, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has been an integral part of legislation in the European Union and ...

  • A strategic framework for sustainable water resource management in small island nations: the case of Barbados

    Physical scarcity of freshwater is often given as the reason for water shortages, but it is usually its management that can either create or resolve the problem. This will be illustrated by the case of Barbados. The water management issues are typical of many small island states, some of which are particularly vulnerable to water scarcity, especially in the context of climate change. Barbados ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Seeking Clarity in Noise

    Environmental noise regulation can be frustrating. The noise limits, applicable measurement metrics, assessment methods and level of enforcement vary a lot by region and jurisdiction and rarely do they all align. Historically, noise emitters and sensitive receivers could afford to use distance to separate themselves. Consequently, environmental noise laws were first developed in regions with high ...


    By Innova Global Limited.

  • Modelling and optimization of land use/land cover change in a developing urban catchment

    The impacts of land use/cover change (LUCC) on hydrological processes and water resources are mainly reflected in changes in runoff and pollutant variations. Low impact development (LID) technology is utilized as an effective strategy to control urban stormwater runoff and pollution in the urban catchment. In this study, the impact of LUCC on runoff and pollutants in an urbanizing catchment of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Emergency Planning & ADA

    A year ago, Laura, an SCM Team member, fell and fractured her knee cap.  Following surgery, for the next few months, she was non-ambulatory.  She could not walk with that knee.  She became very aware of the difficulties faced by people with special challenges and impairments.  Her experiences bring to mind that whether permanent or temporary, there are times where additional ...

  • Strategic management of water resources important to Ontario craft breweries

    The vast majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance to save money, protect the environment and enhance community relations. This was a major finding of a survey of Ontario craft breweries conducted in the fall of 2016 that found 97 per cent of respondents agree that better water management is important or very important to ...


    By BLOOM

  • Emergency scenarios in the Banger polder, Semarang City: a case study to identify different emergency scenarios

    In Semarang urban coastal areas experience daily flooding from the sea during high tide (tidal flooding). Flourishing residential areas have changed into unhealthy slums with the nuisance of daily flooding in parts of the city. To overcome these problems a polder system was implemented to address the tidal flooding. The Semarang polder system is the first fully operational polder system in a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Land recycling in Europe

    Land take, or the change from non-artificial to artificial land cover, reflects on-going and often conflicting claims on land. Some of the land that is 'taken' for urban development is covered with an impervious surface, which severely hampers ecosystem functioning and the related delivery of ecosystem services. However, when land is 'recycled', land that was developed in the past and has ...

  • Government flooding plans come under attack from recent report

    A recent report from MPs has highlighted inadequacies over the current plans for flooding by the government, suggesting that the Environmental Agency be stripped of their current responsibilities and replaced by a dedicated flooding authority. As we head into another flooding season, it is disheartening and worrying to see that the current solutions are found to be lacking. Read our new ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • How are Green Buildings Built? A Closer Look at a Modern Marvel

    Green building refers to an environment friendly structure which is built in such a manner that it continues to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its life. When we say throughout its life, it includes everything right from an eco-friendly design to the use of material which will make sure that the environment is not harmed even when the structure in question is ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Utilising the Strengths of Different Sound Sensor Networks in Smart City Noise Management

    City noise management involves a variety of disciplines such as planning, mapping, action plans, policing, complaint management, abatement and public awareness. With the wide availability of mobile broadband internet access coupled with low cost noise sensors, many authorities and researchers are eager to use sound sensor networks for these tasks. A sensor network can be defined as a group of ...

  • Superfund Investigates Land Pollution from the Past…and Present

    On September 7, 2016, we took steps to respond to states, tribes and citizens who asked for our help addressing contaminated sites. In response, we are adding 10 hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is our list of more than 1,300 of the most contaminated sites in the country that we are addressing under the Superfund program. Superfund is one of the most important ...

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • A Business Case of Green Building Rating System: Q&A with Conserve Consultants

    You can actually measure, at every point of the design and project development, where you are and systematically build upon the performance of the building, where you want to be. If you want to see how you can go up the ladder of sustainable performance, you would want to use a suitable green rating process. ...

  • Case Study - Water Resources Planning - Grand Forks, British Columbia

    Piteau Associates was tasked with developing a plan for preservation of water quality of public water supply wells within the community of Grand Forks, Columbia. They constructed a database of water quality and utilized EnviroInsite to show the spatial distribution and water quality trends of natural and anthropogenic ...


    By EI LLC

  • Lessons from the construction of a climate change adaptation plan: A Broads wetland case study

    The dynamic nature of environmental change in coastal areas means that a flexible “learning by doing” management strategy has a number of advantages. This article lays out the principles of such a strategy and then assesses an actual planning and management process focused on climate change consequences for the Broads wetland on the East coast of England. The management strategy focused on the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Proper Design of `Green Building` is the precursor of performance and efficiency

    EPC World Magazine, had a Q&A with Mr. Juzer S Kothari, Managing Director of Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2005, Conserve is a global consulting firm based in India  with expertise in high ...

  • How to safely land a rocket on a floating drone

    Space technologies are booming again. Several private enterprises keep making the news with reports that they've hit yet another milestone. The latest development comes from Elon Musk's SpaceX. The Falcon 9 is the first rocket that was able to land on the surface of the earth after deploying a satellite in orbit. On the other hand, Blue Origin had its reusable launch system, New Shepard, perform ...


    By EHS Insight

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