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

by Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd.  (Jun. 9, 2016)

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

by EI LLC  (May 19, 2016)

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 ...

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

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (May 18, 2016)

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 ...

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

by Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd.  (May 1, 2016)

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 ...

Interview: CNPC on China’s gas developments & environmental policies

by dmg :: events  (Apr. 6, 2016)

In this interview, conducted at Gastech, we had the pleasure of interviewing Shan Weiguo, Head of Gas Market Research at CNPC. We discussed China’s recent gas developments and its policies on lower emissions, energy security and the future of the country’s energy ...

Three Takeaways from NAEM Planning for a Sustainable Future

by Intelex Technologies Inc.  (Feb. 23, 2016)

The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) recently published its annual trends report – Planning for a Sustainable Future. This report documents the key issues on the minds of corporate environmental, health & safety and sustainability leaders today. These trends are a ...

A decision support system for water supply emergency management with multiple sources

by IWA Publishing  (Nov. 18, 2015)

The construction of water transfer projects brings new challenges to water resources management, especially in water supply security with the use of multiple water sources. However, the operations of water diversion and water supply have been considered in separation in practice. In particular, there are few decision support systems (DSS) ...

Towards a harmonised approach for environmental assessment of human activities in the marine environment

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Nov. 17, 2015)

With a foreseen increase in maritime activities, and driven by new policies and conventions aiming at sustainable management of the marine ecosystem, spatial management at sea is of growing importance. Spatial management should ensure that the collective pressures caused by anthropogenic activities on the marine ecosystem are kept within ...

Two Ways to Solve Your Sustainability Business Case Problems

by Antea Group - USA  (Nov. 12, 2015)

Linking sustainability to value creation is becoming a new imperative for business leaders. But how do you know you are making the right investments and optimizing business value? When it comes time to crunch the numbers, sustainability initiatives may seem too abstract, too intangible. Frequently, benefits of this sort are difficult to quantify ...

It's Official, Final, Completed and Published: The ISO 14001 2015 Version is Here

by Enhesa - Global EHS & Product Compliance Assurance  (Oct. 13, 2015)

This past September the final standard of the ISO 14001 was adopted and published. This is likely to be around for at least the next 15 years. Companies that are certified to the old standard will have a three-year transition period to meet the revised elements, which includes some of the following changes: Enhanced focus on integrating ...

Developing ecological scenarios for the prospective aquatic risk assessment of pesticides

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Oct. 6, 2015)

The prospective aquatic Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of pesticides is generally based on the comparison of predicted environmental concentrations in edge‐of‐field surface waters with regulatory acceptable concentrations derived from laboratory and/or semi‐field experiments with aquatic organisms. New improvements in mechanistic effect ...

Acoustically induced vibration: A review of industry best practice

by WKC Group  (Sep. 22, 2015)

WKC Partner and Noise and Vibration practice leader, Richard Palmer, has recently had an article published in the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Journal titled ‘Acoustically Induced Vibration: A Review of Industry Best Practice’. This technical paper, which provides the reader with a better understanding of the AIV phenomenon, was ...

Climate Bonds for Land Use – Opening the door to new financing opportunities

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 9, 2015)

Over the past year, a group of 16 leading academic and internationally recognised experts from the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sectors have been meeting to draft a new set of eligibility criteria for the Climate Bonds Standard. What´s more – another 30 people ...

Evaluating the role of deterioration models for condition assessment of sewers

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 21, 2015)

Ensuring reliable structural condition of sewers is an important criterion for sewer rehabilitation decisions. Deterioration models applied to sewer pipes support the rehabilitation planning by means of prioritising pipes according to their current and predicted structural status. There is a benefit in applying such models if sufficient ...

The impact of water resource planning on water issues in Beijing, China

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 6, 2015)

Water has become a critically important resource in Beijing. In this study, a systematic analysis of changes in conditions related to water resources in Beijing since 1949 was performed. These include changes in water quantity and quality, water disasters, as well as an analysis of the evolution of water resource planning in Beijing over this ...

Delineation of River Basin Committees in Peru using WARPLAM DSS

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 4, 2015)

In order to promote good water governance practices, harmonize multiple objectives, and reflect the linkages between environmental, socioeconomic and politico-administrative aspects, it is imperative to define appropriate regions for water resources planning and management. The Water Resources Planning and Management Decision Support System ...

Multi-objective optimization of the Three Gorges cascaded reservoirs operation with emphasis on electricity generation and ecological requirements

by IWA Publishing  (Jul. 24, 2015)

The operations of reservoirs produce enormous economic and social benefits but also impact species composition and habitat distribution of the riverine ecosystem. Hence, the realization of conservation and restoration of the ecosystem calls for reservoir reoperation. It is a widespread consensus that providing suitable ecological flow (SEF) for ...

Disentangling the multiple stressors acting on stream ecosystems to support restoration priorities

by IWA Publishing  (Jul. 16, 2015)

Stream ecosystems may suffer from the effects of multiple stressors. Planning restoration actions without knowing the relative weight of each stressor might lead to disproportionately costly or ecologically meaningless measures. This is particularly relevant under the EU Water Framework Directive where economic considerations play a role in ...

Water resource accounting for Uganda: use and policy relevancy

by IWA Publishing  (Jun. 23, 2015)

This paper uses the system of economic and environmental accounting for water to demonstrate how the water sector interacts with the social-economic sectors of the economy. Furthermore, it reviews the existing institutional and policy framework in Uganda, and proposes an analytical framework which can be used to provide sound inter-sectoral ...

Modeling the combined impact of future climate and land use changes on streamflow of Xinjiang Basin, China

by IWA Publishing  (Jun. 17, 2015)

The response of hydrologic circulation to climate and land use changes is important in studying the historical, present, and future evolution of aquatic ecosystems. In this study, the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 multi-model ensemble and a raster-based Xin'anjiang model were applied to simulate future streamflows under three ...

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