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Mission: Earth


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How can we create infrastructure that sustains a healthy planet? We explore in our latest SlideShare in honor of Earth Day.

Tell us what you think. Tweet us @AECOM using #EarthDay2015.

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Mission: Earth

  1. 1. Mission: Earth How can we create infrastructure that sustains a healthy planet? Photo: NASA
  2. 2. In a time of constrained budgets and competing priorities, direct investment in pure sustainability measures cannot be counted on to address environmental challenges. Through broader, longer-term thinking, we need to capture the opportunities inherent in every infrastructure investment to yield benefits on social, economic and ecological planes. - Gary Lawrence, chief sustainability officer, AECOM
  3. 3. Missed opportunities Many perspectives shape the built environment. Too often, each focuses on its own goals and methods. This inhibits better outcomes that could emerge from broader thinking.
  4. 4. Infrastructure can simultaneously address a variety of social, economic and ecological challenges to deliver wider benefits and value. Integrated thinking Light Rail Starter System and Build Outs, Dallas, U.S.A.
  5. 5. Think of the potential when we blend environmental science and economic understanding, urban policy and regional planning, high design and high performance, gray infrastructure and green infrastructure, commercial growth and community cohesion. Crossing boundaries Tongzhou Canal Bridge, Beijing, China
  6. 6. We believe integrated thinking can create urban environments that attract people, promote economic opportunity, and protect the natural world. Thriving cities Shepherd’s Bush Living Wall, London, U.K.
  7. 7. Healthy ecological systems can reduce the burden on built infrastructure, and increase our enjoyment of and appreciation for the world around us. A new approach Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  8. 8. Willingness to look at problems in new ways builds a series of better outcomes, and begins to shape a new paradigm of human and natural prosperity. Every project is an opportunity Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Land Management Plan and CEQA Sacramento, U.S.A.
  9. 9. Architecture, engineering, urban design and landscape architecture create a next-generation NBA arena—and a more active, walkable and green downtown. To bring the best ideas together Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex, U.S.A.
  10. 10. Nanotechnology and energy- efficient engineering enable scientists to conduct climate research—with minimal environmental impacts. Achieve new feats of innovation Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica
  11. 11. Civil engineering and landscape architecture result in cleaner water entering the ocean—and greener neighborhoods for residents and wildlife. And create infrastructure for a healthy planet San Francisco Sewer System Improvement Program, U.S.A. Sacramento, U.S.A.
  12. 12. The choice before us Built to deliver a better world Tell us what you think Tweet us @aecom using #earthday2015 Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bay Flood Damage Reduction, Houston, U.S.A.