Other stories by Jenni Spinner

  • Old bridges don't die ...

    ... they just float away.

  • Every litter bit counts

    A troop of volunteers is trekking cross-country to pick up trash and educate about conservation.

  • Think small, save big

    Harnessing employees' collective brainpower to reduce costs.

  • Tweets and Sanitation

    Public officials are using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites to get the message out about public works.

  • Picture this

    Larry Vines has spent more than three decades making concrete pretty.

  • Street art

    The stuff hidden underneath the manhole covers of the world ranges from unremarkable to downright disgusting. But just because they're hiding unspeakable stuff doesn't mean that the covers themselves have to be ugly.

  • From Garbage to Gold

    For more than 20 years, the city of Portland, Ore.'s Office of Transportation (PDOT) has experimented with recycling techniques—collecting paper, composting leaves, recycling construction debris, etc. Their trials paid off in fiscal year 2006-07, to the tune of nearly $3.6 million.

  • Fashionably Safe

    The International Safety Equipment Association and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have developed a new standard regarding the sartorial requirements placed on safety responders.

  • Sure Routes to Funding

    While the pool of money allocated to the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program stands at $147 million, you might want to go after your share of the funding this year before it dries up—or gets reallocated.

  • Water Supply

    How bad was the drought that plagued much of the U.S. last year? According to Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue, it couldn't have been much worse.