Making environmental cleanup more environmentally friendly

A Sustainable Remediation Forum white paper discusses technological advances that reduce the unwanted side effects of land remediation. Sustainable remediation minimizes carbon emissions and conserves fossil fuels while still removing potentially dangerous contaminants from soil and water. Visit www.sustainableremediation.org.

National water chief appointed

As the EPA's assistant administrator for water, Peter Silva oversees efforts to implement the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act. A civil engineer with nearly 32 years of experience in water and wastewater, Silva most recently advised the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on policies regarding use of the Colorado River.

Pavement producers offer scholarships

The Association of Modified Asphalt Producers' David R. Jones Scholarship Fund provides $1,000 annually to college juniors and seniors majoring in a field related to asphalt technology, such as chemical or civil engineering and chemistry. Special preference will be given to applicants with experience in asphalt technology. Applications are due Sept. 30. Visit www.modifiedasphalt.org.

Former Arizona DOT director to lead FHWA

In 1985 he began his career as a transportation engineer for ADOT. As administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, Victor Mendez is managing implementation of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and the reauthorization of the surface transportation law, which will guide federal investment in the nation's network of roads and bridges.

Combat climate change with less time behind the wheel

Prepared by Cambridge Systematics Inc. and published by the Urban Land Institute, Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions explores how changes in transportation and land use policy — such as compact development that emphasizes sidewalks, bike paths, and public transit — can reduce air pollution. Visit www.uli.org.

Conference registration now open

More than 75 exhibitors and 600 owners, designers, contractors, and policymakers will gather at the National Steel Bridge Alliance's 2009 Steel Bridge Symposium Nov. 17-20 in San Antonio to discuss modular and accelerated construction; restoration, rehabilitation, and reuse; curved, skewed, and signature designs; and inspection and maintenance. Visit www.steelbridges.org.

VDOT to lay off hundreds

The Virginia DOT notified about 600 of its 8,200 employees in July that they will be laid off in September. The layoffs are an element of a plan announced last year to eliminate 1,000 full-time and 450 part-time positions by July 2010 to address a $2.6 billion revenue shortfall. VDOT is working to help notified employees move into open, and soon-to-be-open, positions that aren't slated for cuts.