infrastructure

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Water Infrastructure will Lead to Job Creation

September 27, 2017

Investing in water infrastructure is imperative for the economy. It won’t just be an investment in clean and safe water, but an investment that will create and sustain jobs for millions of Americans.

Bioswales like this help control storm water bring the beauty of nature to Providence College’s urban campus. Photo By Dave Everett

Lessons from a Rainy Day

August 9, 2016

I had a relative who told me when I was growing up: “If you want to make sure it rains, plan an event that must be held outside.”

I’m pleased to say that wisdom proved correct when our tour of green infrastructure projects at Providence College was held in a light, steady rainfall.

The fact that Mother Nature sent us a little precipitation served to better illustrate how the network of campus bioswales helps direct and infiltrate storm water runoff.

Sinkhole in Baltimore. Photo by Abigail Pearse

Last week’s downtown sinkhole shows need for infrastructure investment

July 15, 2016

On Monday, July 4th, a sinkhole formed on West Mulberry Street in Baltimore City. Located between Greene and Paca Streets, this sinkhole will block traffic on Mulberry street for weeks and has already caused transportation officials to close a ramp off of U.S. Route 40 that led to downtown Baltimore. Not only is this sinkhole an inconvenience for traffic, but it is also unsafe. An inspector from the Department of Public Works (DPW) was injured as he examined the sinkhole when the ground collapsed under him, which widened the sinkhole.

Solar panels on the side of a building. Credit: yoshi0511 / Shutterstock

Urban Planning in the Age of Climate Change

May 3, 2016

Climate change touches everything, including the conditions for human settlements on the land.  In Connecticut, our single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is transportation.