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14 Reasons for Living Green Infrastructure

Posted on February 1, 2016
Written by Steven Peck and Michelle Sawka
After years of neglect, infrastructure is again being discussed as a major priority for public investment in many jurisdictions. Ontario’s new Climate Change Strategy calls for the building of green infrastructure to help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. In the past, public investments have largely been directed to only grey infrastructure (roads, bridges, water treatment plants, et cetera), the same type we have been building for decades. It is time for change. Here are 14 really good reasons why living green infrastructure like trees, green [...]

VIDEO: Software Q&A

Posted on January 27, 2016
Written by Joe Hedrick
Joe Hedrick, a manager for IMAGINiT's Infrastructure Solutions team, discusses infrastructure software at Autodesk University. What is the value of proper civil/infrastructure software implementation? What are the most common software implementation errors and how can they be addressed? How can civil engineering and infrastructure firms ensure they are getting the most out of their technology? [...]

Fed’s Promises Need a Plan to Succeed

Posted on January 11, 2016
Written by Barry Steinberg
As a new chapter in Canadian federal politics begins, all eyes are focusing on how Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will work to define its agenda. Chief among these commitments is a significant increase in the scale of federal infrastructure investment, with Ottawa pledging to nearly double its contribution from $65 billion to $125 billion over the next decade. A pillar of this strategy is $20 billion to be spent on building new and reconstructing our lagging public transit infrastructure across the country. These commitments demonstrate an understanding [...]

Toronto Promotes World Fair Bid at RCCAO Holiday Lunch

Posted on December 18, 2015
Written by Todd Latham
Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam advocated for support of city’s Expo 2025 world fair bid to construction leaders attending the annual winter holiday lunch of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) in North York. Among her selling points for the city of Toronto to host the famous international fair, she said that Expo could be a dynamic jobs and economic catalyst, including adding 23,500 jobs per year over eight years of preparation, $8 billion in new value added to GDP in the GTA, and $5 billion in new tax revenues. If [...]

What Your Buildings Say About You

Posted on December 10, 2015
Written by Andrea Goertz
A brand is one of a company’s most valuable assets; potentially worth billions of dollars. The value of a brand is defined by much more than a tagline or advertising; it is the sum total of how the public perceives and experiences the company at every touchpoint. A brand represents the promises an organization makes to its customers, reflects the values a company and its employees stand for and speaks to how it does business. While not always top of mind in traditional brand assessments, a company’s real estate holdings can be one of the most meaningful [...]

Plan for Change

Posted on December 10, 2015
Written by Blair Feltmate
Over the past six years, I have presented scores of keynotes on adaptation to climate change to planners (and those who provide direction to planners), such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Over this period, I have seen substantial positive change by the planning community regarding the need to factor adaptation to climate change into planning frameworks. Indeed, five or six years ago, the question of whether climate change was real or not would often be asked; in contrast, recently, this question was presented to me in front of several hundred [...]

The World Needs More Green Bonds

Posted on October 7, 2015
Written by Andrea Goertz
In order to prevent catastrophic global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that at least $53 trillion must be invested over the next 20 years in renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects and that meeting this goal will require an additional $1 trillion a year in additional investment. This daunting funding shortfall can be overcome, but for this to happen the private sector needs to step up and take a leadership role. This is where green bonds come in. Green bonds are a new type of financing that make it easier for organizations [...]

Ontario Investments Require Integrated Decision-Making

Posted on September 18, 2015
Written by RCCAO
The future of infrastructure in Ontario looks bright after the government’s budget pledge of $130 billion over 10 years. But the province desperately needs to choose the right infrastructure and build it right, using long-term, forward-thinking financial instruments, and tax policies. In order to overcome short-term thinking, governments at all levels will also need to adopt more integrated decision-making models and work collaboratively. What do our political leaders have on their infrastructure and public policy agendas today that will be relevant in [...]

U.S. Pledges $160M to Develop Smart City Apps

Posted on September 15, 2015
The U.S. government has announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest more than $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The new initiative is part of this administration’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions. “Every [...]

Celebrating 10 Years: How P3s Have Evolved

Posted on August 10, 2015
Written by Mark Romoff
When the Confederation Bridge began construction more than two decades ago, most Canadians had probably never heard of public-private partnerships (P3s). However, that project, which provides a critical transportation link between Prince Edward Island and the mainland, was one of the early success stories that led to Canada becoming a world leader in P3s. Today, most Canadians recognize the value of P3 infrastructure in their communities. The John Hart Generating Station replacement on Vancouver Island, the ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton, the Disraeli [...]
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