Topic: Innovation

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Sustainable procurement: the first step toward sustainable infrastructure

Over the past two decades there has been a push by a range of companies, communities, and governments for a higher level of sustainable infrastructure. However, to achieve sustainable development in infrastructure, you must first procure sustainable goods and services. The International Organization for Standardization defines sustainable procurement as positive environmental, social, and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle. Considered a business...

New app incentivizes people to ‘do the right thing’

The E-Bin app – which can be downloaded for free in the Apple app store or Google Play store – simplifies the recycling process while also incentivizing behavior by establishing a system of rewards.

Spa design collects water from fog for use on-site

An international architecture firm has released the design of a health spa in eastern Nepal that will capture moisture from fog and convert it into water.

Duke researchers ask: Can soil temperature predict a landslide?

Duke University researchers are taking the temperature of landslides to help predict sudden, catastrophic failures of the moving land masses.

AI makes quick work of earthquake damage assessment

Using aerial images from disaster scenes, a new Japanese artificial intelligence model is able to quickly evaluate building damage.

Maryland school district uses public-private partnership to build public schools

A Maryland school district entered into a public-private partnership that will design, build, finance, and maintain six public schools.

Modular facade of renewable tech firm’s HQ features photovoltaic panels

Daylight and shading studies helped create the new facade on a South Korean skyscraper that incorporates the firm’s own solar panels.

Student project becomes a real-world water pollution game-changer

Microplastics are a potentially dangerous emerging pollutant in water supplies. A team of Georgia Tech students may have just solved the problem.

Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle open streets to pedestrians during pandemic

Lighter than usual traffic prompts West Coast cities to convert streets for increased use by pedestrians and cyclists.