Earth
Day
2014
Ideas and
innovations
toward a
better future
© Robb Williamson / AECOM
“Since its origins in 1970, Earth Day has evolved
from a grass-roots campaign to strengthen U.S.
environmental policy to a...
“Our goal must be to optimize conditions for human
development, promoting prosperity, health, and
opportunity. We must app...
“Today we should be encouraged by the fact that
viable solutions are currently being advanced
thanks to human ingenuity — ...
Around the world, in a wide variety of
forms, we see common sense combining
with sophisticated innovations to make a
real ...
Setting a great
example for a
low carbon
future
Researchers at University
of Nottingham are
developing new
technologies to...
Until now, “passivhaus”
technology hasn’t been
carefully studied for Middle
East climate zones.
Can a passive house
achiev...
Making buildings
more comfortable
while using less
energy
Regulating air temperature
at the floor level, where
people are,...
How do you optimize the
financial, social and
environmental outcomes of
large infrastructure
investments?
AECOM’s “Triple ...
At 1/3 the cost of its diesel
equivalent, geothermal
energy from the Lahendong
IV Power Plant in North
Sulawesi, Indonesia...
By processing its collected
organic waste, Toronto is
now able to divert more
waste from landfills,
generate and collect b...
Gaining deeper
insights to
reclaiming
contaminated
land
Environmental Sequence
Stratigraphy maps the
complex subsurface of...
Getting more for
less from
wastewater
New nutrient processing
technology can achieve a
70% savings in energy and
a 90% red...
Harnessing moon
power
The Bay of Fundy’s tidal
volume, which is greater
than the combined flows of
all rivers in the world...
Learning climate
adaptation from
nature
These stairs, inspired by the
sand dunes that once lined
this coast, protect Black...
Designing a high-
performance city
in a single program
Para-Form combines 3-D
modeling software
(Rhinoceros®), parametric
...
Seeing our way
to sustainable
futures
To identify the most cost-
effective, comprehensive
sustainability measures for
buil...
Making it safer to
bike in busy cities
The Dynamic Connections
Map makes cycling a more
viable urban transport
option by c...
Purifying water for
a thirsty world
As water passes through a
filter the size of a tea bag,
contaminants are absorbed
by c...
Getting big
benefits from tiny
technology
The Halley VI Research
Station proved the concept
of nano-enabled materials,
whi...
Bringing NASA
innovation down
to Earth
This office building
generates more energy
than it consumes, trials
sophisticated n...
Planting the
seeds of a
better city
A catalyst for new homes,
jobs, transport links, and
community facilities, this
London...
Finding efficient
ways to feed
growing cities
Producing food within a city
could save energy and water,
reduce transportat...
Adapting
buildings to the
forces of nature
A base isolation system
allows this essential
services facility to absorb a
mag...
Turning a threat
into a resource
Green infrastructure can
reduce flood risks, capture
stormwater for treatment
and reuse, ...
Letting nature
work
Dozens of river, lake and
wetland restoration projects
are recovering China’s
landscapes to produce
cl...
Earth
Day
2014
www.aecom.com
© Robb Williamson / AECOM
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  1. 1. Earth Day 2014 Ideas and innovations toward a better future © Robb Williamson / AECOM
  2. 2. “Since its origins in 1970, Earth Day has evolved from a grass-roots campaign to strengthen U.S. environmental policy to a global effort to focus minds on environmental protection and management. During this year’s celebration, it is important to frame the conversation in a context that allows everyone, not only those already committed to environmental issues, to see what the day has to do with their lives and aspirations.” (continued) Gary Lawrence Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM 2
  3. 3. “Our goal must be to optimize conditions for human development, promoting prosperity, health, and opportunity. We must apply our minds as individuals and communities to create a better future for people.” (continued) © Robb Williamson / AECOM Gary Lawrence Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM 3
  4. 4. “Today we should be encouraged by the fact that viable solutions are currently being advanced thanks to human ingenuity — which refers both to inventing new technologies, and having the wisdom to embrace the functional role of natural systems in our world. Through the combination of the two, we are developing infrastructure that will deliver the water, energy, food, mobility, and protection we need at lower capital costs while contributing to more livable urban places and leaving more of the natural world intact.” © Robb Williamson / AECOM © Robb Williamson / AECOM Gary Lawrence Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM 4
  5. 5. Around the world, in a wide variety of forms, we see common sense combining with sophisticated innovations to make a real difference in our environments, lives and future. We are proud to contribute a few ideas and innovations of our own. 5
  6. 6. Setting a great example for a low carbon future Researchers at University of Nottingham are developing new technologies to improve how we heat our homes, commute and consume energy — and doing so in a building that sets a good example as a net-zero carbon, BREEAM “outstanding” facility. Click here to read more from the University of Nottingham. Energy Technologies Building, U.K. Mechanical and electrical engineering by AECOM 6
  7. 7. Until now, “passivhaus” technology hasn’t been carefully studied for Middle East climate zones. Can a passive house achieve a 50% reduction in energy and water usage and CO2 emissions over the norm? A partnership of AECOM, Qatar Green Building Council, Barwa Real Estate and Karahamaa aims to find out. Click to view a related video. Passive House, Qatar Architecture, engineering , cost consulting by AECOM Expanding the horizon for proven solutions 7
  8. 8. Making buildings more comfortable while using less energy Regulating air temperature at the floor level, where people are, rather than throughout the whole space, saves energy and money. Click to view more on AECOM.com. San Jose International Airport Air Chairs, California Building engineering by AECOM 8
  9. 9. How do you optimize the financial, social and environmental outcomes of large infrastructure investments? AECOM’s “Triple Bottom Line” tool supports decision- makers in deciphering complex projects, facilitating smart, sustainable choices for communities. Click to view more on AECOM.com. Triple Bottom Line Model Developed by AECOM Putting big data to work for livable communities 9
  10. 10. At 1/3 the cost of its diesel equivalent, geothermal energy from the Lahendong IV Power Plant in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, also reduces CO2 emissions by 380,000 tons per year. Click to view more on AECOM.com. Lahendong IV Power Plant, Indonesia Comprehensive consulting services by AECOM Making renewable energy more abundant 10
  11. 11. By processing its collected organic waste, Toronto is now able to divert more waste from landfills, generate and collect biogas as a recoverable resource and supply digested nutrient-rich material for commercial compost. Click to view more on AECOM.com. Disco Road Green Bin Processing Facility, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Design and engineering services by AECOM Putting waste to good use 11
  12. 12. Gaining deeper insights to reclaiming contaminated land Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy maps the complex subsurface of former industrial sites, making it easier to locate and clean contaminated groundwater. Click to view more on AECOM.com. Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy Developed by AECOM 12
  13. 13. Getting more for less from wastewater New nutrient processing technology can achieve a 70% savings in energy and a 90% reduction in harmful chemicals compared to conventional wastewater treatment methods. Click to view more from AAEES.org. Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, Washington, D.C. Consulting services by AECOM 13
  14. 14. Harnessing moon power The Bay of Fundy’s tidal volume, which is greater than the combined flows of all rivers in the world, is capable of generating more than 2,500 megawatts of electricity, per tide. Click to view more on AECOM.com. Tidal Energy Demonstration Facility Project, Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada Environmental support services by AECOM 14
  15. 15. Learning climate adaptation from nature These stairs, inspired by the sand dunes that once lined this coast, protect Blackpool from rising sea levels while keeping the beach accessible and the famous resort viable. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. Blackpool Coastal Defences, U.K. Master planning and landscape architecture by AECOM © AECOM photo by Dixi Carrillo 15
  16. 16. Designing a high- performance city in a single program Para-Form combines 3-D modeling software (Rhinoceros®), parametric modeling platform (Grasshopper®), and Microsoft Excel® to evaluate design options and implications for building and community performance. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. Para-FormTechnology Developed by AECOM 16
  17. 17. Seeing our way to sustainable futures To identify the most cost- effective, comprehensive sustainability measures for buildings and cities, the SSIMd module and Para- Form together visualize metrics including cooling/heating demand, peak energy/water demand, annual energy/water consumption and carbon emissions. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. Sustainable Systems Integration Model™ (SSIM™) Developed by AECOM 17
  18. 18. Making it safer to bike in busy cities The Dynamic Connections Map makes cycling a more viable urban transport option by continually crowd-sourcing data to determine how safe or stress-inducing various cycle routes are. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. BMW Guggenheim Lab Dynamic Connections Map, Berlin, Germany Development led by an AECOM consultant Copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd 18
  19. 19. Purifying water for a thirsty world As water passes through a filter the size of a tea bag, contaminants are absorbed by carbon while nanofiber biocides destroy microorganisms, making contaminated water safe to drink — quickly and inexpensively. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. Stellenbosch University Hope Project Nano-enabled Water Purification Device Technology under review by AECOM 19
  20. 20. Getting big benefits from tiny technology The Halley VI Research Station proved the concept of nano-enabled materials, which can offer more energy-efficient insulation and lighting; lighter and stronger structural composites, concrete and steel; glass that changes opacity in response to temperature changes; and paint that neutralizes hazardous constituents of smog. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica Building engineering by AECOM 20
  21. 21. Bringing NASA innovation down to Earth This office building generates more energy than it consumes, trials sophisticated new building management technologies, and gives users natural daylight and fresh air. Click to read more on AECOM.com. NASA Sustainability Base, California Building engineering, architect of record, AECOM Photo by Cesar Rubio 21
  22. 22. Planting the seeds of a better city A catalyst for new homes, jobs, transport links, and community facilities, this London park began with the remediation and restoration of an industrially contaminated landscape. Click to read more on AECOM.com. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Master planning, urban design, landscape master plan and legacy planning by AECOM Copyright AECOM, photo by David Lloyd 22
  23. 23. Finding efficient ways to feed growing cities Producing food within a city could save energy and water, reduce transportation costs and associated emissions, reduce waste, increase the quality of food and the health of the population, enhance urban environments, and re-connect people to the food cycle. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. The Urban Food Jungle Concept under development by AECOM 23
  24. 24. Adapting buildings to the forces of nature A base isolation system allows this essential services facility to absorb a magnitude 7.5 earthquake without a power outage, and smart design cuts energy and water usage. Click to read more on AECOM.com. Inland Empire Transportation Management Center, California Building engineering and architecture by AECOM 24
  25. 25. Turning a threat into a resource Green infrastructure can reduce flood risks, capture stormwater for treatment and reuse, and enhance urban environments, at a cost competitive with traditional stormwater infrastructure. Click to read more on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog. Green Infrastructure Projects, Cities Worldwide Ecological engineering, urban design, landscape architecture by AECOM 25
  26. 26. Letting nature work Dozens of river, lake and wetland restoration projects are recovering China’s landscapes to produce cleaner water and air and provide scenic surroundings and recreation for its citizens. Click to read more on AECOM.com. Wenying Lake, China Environmental planning, landscape architecture by AECOM 26
  27. 27. Earth Day 2014 www.aecom.com © Robb Williamson / AECOM

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