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Freed Breeze

Posted on September 18, 2014
Written by Bruce Orloff

Harness the power of wind with big data and analytics.

Wind—it’s powerful, plentiful, and now, predictable. Improvements in technologies for managing big data, like analytics, have enhanced the potential for utility companies to forecast and manage wind better than ever before. This is especially significant for utilities looking for new and innovative [...]

Trees as Infrastructure: Urban Forest Policy

Posted on September 11, 2014
Written by Adrina Bardekjian

How organizations and municipalities are influencing urban forestry development in Canada.

Urban forests in Canada face a diversity of issues environmentally, socially, and economically. Research shows that issues include invasive insects, diverse cultural perspectives, and a lack of funding for proactive maintenance. Trees are often underrepresented in our cities and need advocates to help [...]

Take Cover

Posted on September 3, 2014

Public policy and planning open the floodgates for green roofs on residential high rises.

Melanie Belz and husband Michael sold their house and are moving into a two-bedroom apartment in Toronto’s upscale Forest Hill neighbourhood this fall. For a couple accustomed to owning their own home, moving into a typical downtown apartment would have been tough. When they found the Heathview, Morguard’s [...]

Balancing Act

Posted on September 3, 2014
Written by David Caplan

How P3s may help repair Canada’s water and wastewater systems given the financial dilemma faced by municipalities.

Properly maintained water and wastewater systems underpin our quality of life. Most Canadians are unaware of the poor condition of these systems and the risks associated with our governments’ lack of an adequate plan for long-term sustainability. If not addressed, this negligence will cause economic [...]

Infrastructure & Your Health

Posted on July 22, 2014
Written by Steven Peck

Research shows humans need natural elements and environments to be mentally and physically healthy.

A growing body of research points to the fact that humans have a fundamental affinity for nature and, more importantly, that we need to be surrounded by natural environments to be mentally and physically healthy. This idea is called the biophilia hypothesis, and it was first described by E. O Wilson [...]

Pan Am Games: One Year Out

Posted on July 22, 2014
Written by Treena Hein

Managing the risk behind the ‘biggest ever’ Pan Am Games headed to Toronto in 2015.

The clock is ticking down until next year’s Pan American and Parapan American games in Toronto—and everything is on track for what will be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Canada. The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will be held July 10 to 26, 2015, with the Parapan Am Games from August [...]

Risk & Reward

Posted on July 15, 2014
Written by Paul Smetanin

Examining the latest RCCAO report: "Ontario Infrastructure Investment: Federal and Provincial Risks & Rewards"

With the recent provincial election, the majority Liberal government now has an excellent opportunity to proceed with its plan to invest $130 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. Strategic considerations and coordination will be crucial. In particular, an evidence-based approach is paramount [...]

The Way Forward

Posted on July 8, 2014
Written by Robert Puentes and Bruce Katz

America, in the midst of an infrastructure crisis, should move toward true partnerships between governments, private firms, financiers, and the public.

As public dollars become scarcer, the next generation of American infrastructure will require the public, private, and civic sectors to engage and partner in new ways. From private investments in telecommunication systems, broadband networks, freight railroads, energy projects, and pipelines, to public [...]

Risky Business

Posted on July 7, 2014
Written by Marcus Weeks

Risk management is about people and processes—not models and technology. Learn how incentivizing (the right) people can reduce project risks.

Congestion—and how to get rid of it—has been challenging cities for much of the modern era. In 1982, Boston decided to go ahead with one of the most complex technological projects of its time: the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, commonly referred to as the Big Dig. This replaced the over-capacity [...]

On the Marine Highway

Posted on July 4, 2014
Written by Julia Fields

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway is investing more than $1.5 billion to revitalize bi-national infrastructure.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway marine industry is committing more than $1.5 billion for infrastructure and capital projects designed to make the navigation system more competitive and boost marine transport of cargo. The series of investments include more than $1 billion in orders for new Canadian [...]
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