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2006 Trendsetters

2006 Trendsetters

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    Katie Curry's efforts to encourage others to recycle have made her a local hero. Plus, she gets to sit on her own hard-earned benches when she needs to take a break from bicycling around town with family. Photo: Mary Ann Carter/Black Star

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    Andres Duany

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    John Duncan Jr.

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    Al Gore

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    Interstate Highway System

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    Tim Pawlenty

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    Rich Giani (seated, second from left), water-quality manager at Washington, D.C.'s Water and Sewer Authority, headed a research team that revealed how chloramines affect the leaching of lead into drinking water. Photo: DC WASA

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    Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association president Kathleen Holst is more concerned about road-related issues than she is about her status as the association's first female leader. Photo: IRTBA

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    Bruce Logan is using bacteria in wastewater to create electricity. Photo: Shaoan Cheng

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    Raymond Seed worked without pay to discover why New Orleans's flood control system failed during Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Jenni Spinner

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    At 35, Kris Riemann is the youngest public works director Gulfport, Miss., has had. Thanks to careful planning, the city was the first to restore services after Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Pat Sullivan

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    Diane Linderman asked Congress to allocate homeland security funds directly to public works as well as police and fire agencies. Photo: APWA

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    Joe Haworth (middle) urges public agencies to partner with each other to educate their customers about what they do. “Much of the public wants to help; they just need to be told what to do.” Photo: LACSD

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    Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

The 2006 Trendsetters List

Matthew Amorello

The former chief executive of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority resigned Aug. 15 after structural flaws in Boston's Big Dig highway project led to the death of a driver.

Robert Barker

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research program manager approved a $25,000 grant to the American Film Institute to train scientists to write screenplays, hoping to improve the image of engineers and scientists as portrayed in movies. The Air Force also is providing $100,000 annually to boost interest in the sciences.

George W. Bush

The Bush administration's $2.7 trillion fiscal year 2007 budget cuts funding for transportation programs, especially for rural areas. Overall, the budget is 4% less than fiscal year 2006, with the largest cuts coming from clean-water projects.

Rex Caffey

As director of the center of natural resource economics and policy at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, he has researched and worked to educate the public on coastal and wetland conservation. He received the 2006 Coastal Stewardship Award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; the Louisiana Wildlife Federation also recognized him last year.

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

As president/CEO of Def Jam Records, he teamed with the United Nations and MTV to draw attention to the worldwide water crisis during his international concert tour. The rapper also plans to build 1000 play pumps—rudimentary merry-go-rounds that pump water from wells into storage tanks as they spin—in Africa.

City of Chicago

City officials were prosecuted for awarding jobs to private truck owners who were either political supporters or had ties to city employees. Some truck owners allegedly paid bribes to get into the program. The Hired Truck Scandal calls into question the procedures cities use to fill jobs and award contracts.

Columbia Heights (Minneapolis) Membrane Filtration Plant

The largest potable ultrafiltration plant in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world, it was named Project of the Year in the 2006 Global Water Awards. Minneapolis Water Works contracted Black & Veatch to design and construct the $65 million facility.

Congressional E-Waste Working Group

The group—led by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Randy Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), and Mary Bono (R-Calif.)—builds support for national e-waste reduction legislation. So far, only Washington, Maine, California, and Maryland have e-waste laws.

Katie Curry

This 9-year-old from Franklin, Ind., started a program to create new benches made of recycled material. She worked to get a $3200 grant from the Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development, and organized the placement of recycling bins around the town where she collected bottles that were used to make the benches.

Peter DeFazio

U.S. Representative (D-Ore.) who granted funding for the West Eugene Wetlands Education Center, which will be the first LEED-certified building in Eugene.

Han Dinh

Program director of vehicle engineering for the U.S. Postal Service, whose department researches and uses biodiesel fuel to significantly reduce petroleum usage in postal vehicles.

Andres Duany

His Miami-based architectural firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. introduced SmartCode, a unified land development code; several hurricane-stricken municipalities have adopted it to promote sustainable redevelopment.

John Duncan Jr.

The U.S. Representative (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation that would create the Water Trust Fund, which would provide $7.5 billion from 2006 to 2010 to fund research and improvements at wastewater plants nationwide.

EPEAT Computers

Computer manufacturers CTL, Dell, and HP are making products that meet the new EPEAT green computer standard. The computers have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury and are more energy-efficient and easy to upgrade and recycle.

Deborah Fisher

As associate professor of civil engineering at the University of New Mexico, she has created nine new courses, including Women Engineering the Future for female freshmen.