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  • 01.28.2014

    Efforts Continue to Reduce Waste at Airports

    A major airport resembles a small city in many respects. A wide range of activities are constantly taking place, with many commercial transactions that produce waste: paper, plastics, food and beverages, construction debris…the list goes on. The FAA has recognized that to improve the sustainability of airport functions, these waste streams should be reduced. This was reinforced when Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2102, which includes the requirement for certain FAA-funded projects that “if the project is for an airport that has an read more »

  • 01.28.2014

    Collaborating with the Community, Airlines, and Federal Aviation Administration to Address Aircraft Noise Concerns

    Although aircraft engines have become quieter and quieter thanks to technological advancements, some communities near airports continue to express concerns about aircraft noise. Increases in aircraft operations, changes in flight corridor locations and density, and changes in the aircraft fleet mix may increase community concerns. Airport/Community Noise Roundtables are one forum for openly collaborating and addressing noise issues. read more »

  • 12.12.2013

    Annette Bonilla speaks in support of Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act in Washington, DC

    On Thursday, December 12th Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) legislation was introduced in the House and Senate that would provide workers with up to 12 weeks paid leave to recover from their own serious illness or disability from childbirth or to care for seriously ill family members. read more »

  • 12.04.2013

    Steve Crooks Joins Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Delegation

    In early November, ESA’s technical expert scrooks [at] esassoc [dot] com (Steve Crooks, PhD), was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delegation to the Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. He presented guidance on coastal wetlands at a special IPCC event outlining the release of the Wetlands Supplement for greenhouse gas accounting for human impacts on wetlands. read more »

  • 11.20.2013

    ESA's Work Receives 2013 ASLA Oregon Chapter Merit Award for Analysis and Planning

    ESA is pleased to announce that the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently awarded the Minto-Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration project with a 2013 Merit Award for Analysis and Planning. The award was presented to ESA Paul Agrimis, RLA, PE, PWS and Steve Roelof on Friday, November 1st at the annual Design Awards Soiree held at the Multnomah Athletic Club Ballroom. read more »

  • 11.07.2013

    ESA’s Jeff Haltiner and Phil Williams to Present at the Future of the Concrete Channel on November 21, 2013

    Jeff Haltiner, PhD, PE, and Phil Williams, PhD, PE, Eur. Ing., will each present as part of the upcoming UC Berkeley one-day conference, the Future of the Concrete Channel. read more »

  • 09.25.2013

    Coastal Planning for the City of Eureka

    Storm surges occurring atop rising sea levels will cause extreme water levels to occur more frequently over the next few decades, increasing the frequency and depth of potential flooding. This has the potential to significantly impact coastal communities such as the City of Eureka located adjacent to Humboldt Bay along the Northern California Coast.   Much of Downtown Eureka, including its industrial and other coastal land uses, port activities, transportation links and utilities, is within low-lying areas threatened by sea level rise. read more »

  • 09.25.2013

    Proposition 84 Grants - Upcoming Solicitation

    On September 18, 2013 the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) released the revised draft guidelines for the third and final round of Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program (funded by the Prop 84 grant). The primary goal of the grant is to fund the development or implementation of plans that lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to foster the development of sustainable communities in California. read more »

  • 09.25.2013

    Climate Change: State Policy and Regulatory Updates

    AB 32 Scoping Plan The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently updating the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The Scoping Plan update will define ARB’s climate change priorities for the next five years and lay the groundwork to reach post-2020 GHG reduction goals (e.g., 80% below 1990 levels by 2050). ARB held public workshops throughout California in June and July of this year to discuss the Scoping Plan Update. Stakeholder comments were accepted from June 13, 2013 through August 5, 2013. read more »

  • 09.25.2013

    Sustainable Communities: How Climate Change is Impacting California's Local and Regional Planning

    Local and regional planning in California is profoundly changing due to our state’s climate change laws. Nation-leading mandates for deep cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are becoming a driving force in community planning across the state, generating the need for multidisciplinary expertise in transportation, land use, resource management, GHG emissions accounting, climate change policy, and CEQA. read more »