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COVID -19 Hits Infrastructure Sectors

With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic now impacting all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, life as we know it has ground to a halt. This has cascading impacts on the infrastructure sectors that engineers work on –  from declining infrastructure revenue sources, such as state DOT and transit agency budgets, to delayed projects across the......

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Maryland’s Infrastructure Grades Unveiled – Virtually

Maryland’s infrastructure has certainly improved in the past few years, particularly its roads and bridges—which fare better than the national averages. In fact, bridges are among the best in the nation. However, challenges remain with aging systems and its dense population. Today, the Maryland Section of ASCE released the 2020 Report Card for Maryland’s Infrastructure......

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Energy Bill Amendment Addresses Energy Efficiency, Would Save Billions on Energy Bills

In efforts to curb climate change and make homes and businesses more energy efficient, the Senate is likely to vote next week on an amendment that would be a part of a larger energy bill currently under consideration on the Senate floor, the American Energy Innovation Act. This amendment, introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH)......

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ASCE FY21 Appropriations Requests and Congressional Hearings on FY21 Budget Requests

Last week, ASCE submitted its Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations requests to Congress, including to the following House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees: Energy & Water Development; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; Commerce, Justice & Science; Interior & Environment; and Homeland Security. Overall, ASCE recommends that Congress and President Trump work to increase funding for existing federal......

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2019 Past President Robin A. Kemper Gives Keynote Address to Mississippi River Mayors

This week, 2019 ASCE President Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE gave keynote remarks regarding resilience at the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative’s (MRCTI) 2020 Capitol Hill Meeting. “Since 2012, the MRCTI has been promoting economic and environmental security and stability along the Mississippi River. The MRCTI builds the capacity of member......

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ASCE Testifies in Support of Infrastructure Investment

On February 27, Lynn Frazier, P.E., A.M.ASCE, testified on behalf of ASCE before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure about the state of the nation’s infrastructure. The hearing comes as Democrats in the House of Representatives work to put together an infrastructure package based off of their $760 billion infrastructure framework that......

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Senate Panel Begins Work on Transit Reauthorization Bill

In historic fashion this week, the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee heard the perspectives of national stakeholders on transit investment needs for  the upcoming reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. This was the first public hearing, other than nominations, that the Committee has held on transit infrastructure in several reauthorization cycles, and......

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Three New Energy Reports Released

A suite of new energy innovation and sustainable energy development reports have recently been released. The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published in partnership by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, provides updates on industry information and trends for the U.S. energy economy. It reports that while overall greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.7%......

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Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Steyer Tout Infrastructure Plans at ASCE Co-Hosted Forum

Until now, for presidential candidates, infrastructure has been a quick soundbite in debates, a sentence in economic development plans, or a proposal overshadowed by other issues Americans care about from healthcare to education. However, as the Nevada and South Carolina caucuses inch near, candidates took time out of their nonstop schedules to stress the urgent......

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