CH2M, the Nature Conservancy and a Pennsylvania high school have won a prestigious mentoring award for a program they developed to teach STEM skills to students. But the important part of the story is what the program is accomplishing and how it and others like it can contribute to the skilled work force smart cities need. Click for details.
Water and wastewater
California's drought isn't over and another bout of hot, dry weather is a possibility there. Other states are on drought watch and some are already suffering. It's not just the U.S. Vietnam is enduring its worst drought in 90 years. In this special issue, we share strategies and technologies developed to ensure efficient, sustainable water supplies—and examples of why they are so sorely needed.
As prolonged droughts continue to take a toll on farmers, businesses and residents, see how CH2M's approach using risk assessments can not only make your city more resilient to drought, but any type of extreme weather.As prolonged droughts continue to take a toll on farmers, businesses and residents, see how CH2M's approach using risk assessments can not only make your city more resilient to drought, but any type of extreme weather.
Your city likely collects a lot of data, but data by itself doesn’t have much value. It’s the analysis of that data that can transform cities. See how Philadelphia worked with CH2M analytics to safeguard its water supply and what you city could gain from big data.
Just as drought has affected regions of the world that rarely if ever had a shortage of water, other areas are suffering from unexpected catastrophic floods. Council Lead Partner CH2M is working with government agencies in the UK to pinpoint risks and identify the best possible strategies to protect against floods well into the future. (There are economic benefits, too.)
Many cities and regions around the world are experiencing water shortages. And while most cities would probably find land to build a water recycling plant, that's not the case in Beijing, China. The city's short on water but land is so valuable it's prohibitively expensive. That's why a water plant operator took a different approach — and is building a large water recycling plant underground.
Many cities throughout the world continue to operate water distribution networks that are 70-100 years old. And while lost revenue from water leaks is staggering, it's not the only problem. Failing systems also can contribute to contaminated, poor quality drinking water. Read on to learn why your city should take a hard look at its water network -- and the available solutions.
City leaders don't need to reinvent the wheel every time they come up against a problem in their smart city implementations. There are companies they can turn to for help. One of them -- Microsoft -- has a new partner bringing several IT solutions to the initiative it created to help cities become more efficient, more economically competitive and more livable.
Sudden floods are already causing significant deaths and severe flooding is only forecast to get worse. Yet flood warning systems aren’t getting better. A Rice University professor who built an advanced system explains how it works — and why your city should build one today.
Swedish city Boras has taken several steps toward sustainability. Now it's taking yet another one with an approach that integrates wastewater treatment with energy production. Read the story to learn how they plan to do it and why.