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History made in a historical city

History made in a historical city

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    Take in a post-convention game as the Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m., Aug. 20 and 21, in Fenway Park. Photo: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    SESSION/Sun., Aug. 15, 3 p.m. In August 2009, Lexington, Mass., christened the Samuel Hadley Public Services Building. Featured in our February 2010 cover story (“Rebels with a cause,” page 26), it's the first LEED Silver-certified public works facility. The developers will discuss the project: Weston & Sampson Team Leader Jeff Alberti; Public Works Director William Hadley; CTA Construction Project Executive Jeffrey Hazelwood; and Michael Lawrence and Janet Slemenda of HKT Architects. Photo: CTA Construction Inc.

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    TOUR/Wed., Aug. 18, 7:30 a.m. The Charles River Basin's water level is controlled by a dam and locks system. The new dam was completed in 1978 and replaced the original that was built in 1910. The dam supports Boston's Science Museum, allows recreational and commercial crafts to travel, and houses a fish ladder. For pleasure boats, the dam contains two locks: each 200 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 8 feet deep. For commercial vessels, there's a single lock: 300 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 17 feet deep. Photo: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    TOUR/Wed., Aug. 18, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Take a look at Universal Recycling Technologies LLC's 30,000-square-foot electronics recycling operation in Dover, N.H. In 2008 the facility managed more than 2,100 tons, or 75%, of the total residential-waste televisions and computer monitors collected in Maine. The company's automated de-manufacturing and recycling system includes glass processing, which is sorted by type and chemistry, to produce furnace-ready cullet. Photo: Universal Recycling Technologies LLC

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    TOUR/Wed., Aug. 18, 7:30 a.m. The nation's second-largest sewage treatment plant serves 43 communities and protects Boston Harbor from pollution. Although one of the largest electricity users in Boston, Deer Island generates 20% of the electricity it consumes and half of the island's energy needs. The tour is limited to 100 participants. Photo: Courtesy MWRA

Our top picks
Education sessions tours we're not missing:

APWA Congress • Aug. 15 – 18

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Flowing Green: How to Turn Wasted Energy into Productive Energy
    Sun., Aug. 15
    8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

    Learn how the Water Treatment Facility in Keene, N.H., reduced its electricity consumption and carbon footprint using Rentricity Inc.'s Flow-to-Wire energy recovery system to capture excess flow and pressure. The system will result in a new source of “green” electricity and is the first of its kind.

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Are You Ready? Leadership and Teamwork in Emergency Situations
    Sun., Aug. 15
    4 – 4:50 p.m.

    Learn how Aiken, S.C., experienced an 11-day emergency when a train collided with engines on its spur track — emitting a chlorine cloud. This session helps participants develop better skills in responding to an emergency and working with all varying levels of personnel.

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Creating Sustainable Infrastructure Projects by Providing Multi-Use Benefits
    Mon., Aug. 16
    2 – 2:50 p.m.

    Learn how multiple-use design principles provide win-win sustainable solutions for the entire community.

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Easy as a Walk in the Park: Implementing an Urban Streetscape Program
    Tues., Aug. 17
    8 – 8:50 a.m.

    Learn how architectural features, traffic-calming measure, street lights, street furniture, trees, and signage provided the foundation for urban revitalization in Lancaster, Pa. — a city built in the 1700s. Examine the funding solutions found, the complexities of constructing within the right of way, and the impact to businesses and community.

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
  • The Future of Transportation in America — How the New Federal Surface Transportation Bill will Shape Transportation Policy and Practice
    Tues., Aug. 17
    3:45 – 5 p.m.

    Transportation policy experts will discuss how the new Federal Surface Transportation Bill will affect public agencies and investment in local, state, and federal surface transportation infrastructure.

  • WORKSHOP/TOUR
  • MADOT Operations Control Center and MBTA Operations Center
    Wed., Aug. 18
    1 – 4 p.m.

    Tour the Massachusetts DOT (MADOT) Operations Control Center, which features a highly advanced traffic monitoring and incident response system — one of the most advanced “smart highway” systems in the world. The tour also stops at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Operations Center.

    WASTECON • Aug. 14 – 18 (pre & post show events)

  • TECHNICAL SESSION
  • Land Reclamation and Remediation
    Sat., Aug. 14
    2 – 4 p.m.

    Learn how Simcoe County modernized their Site 11 landfill, which in turn improved groundwater quality; how the Escambia County Division of Solid Waste Management is approaching a land reclamation project; how MassDEP utilized 24 million tons of excavated soil from the Big Dig project to contour and cap landfills; the specific challenges facing geoenvironmental engineers.

  • TECHNICAL SESSION
  • Improving the Public Perception of WTE
    Wed., Aug. 18
    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

    Learn how to promote waste-to-energy techniques through the examples of three communities. Hennepin County provided electricity, heating, and cooling while reducing the community's carbon footprint. The South Scania Waste Co. campaigned to raise awareness of energy from waste in south Sweden. The Fishing for Energy partnership — which includes 15 ports and solid waste transfer stations in Massachussetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia — recovered commercial fishing gear in waterways by offering free recycling and environmentally preferred disposal.