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  • Kudos for traffic safety programs

  • State road agency harnesses the wind

    Tucked in the back parking lot of a Maryland State Highway Administration maintenance facility, this 60-foot Potomac Wind Energy turbine generates an average of 700 kW hours of energy each month.

  • Let The Sun Shine

    When San Diego's Alvarado Water Treatment Plant integrated solar power into its operations last year, it found a new source for 30% of its electricity. Today, nearly 1.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of the plant's power are generated by photovoltaic panels installed onsite, saving $70,000 annually.

  • Making the Grade

    Data-driven decision-making drives top performers in a state-by-state infrastructure comparison.

  • Will Bridge Collapse Boost Funding?

  • No big deal

    When an event brings more people into a small town than the normal population, the public works department has to be ready. Water, wastewater, trash, roads, parks—all are impacted far beyond their originally intended capacity. Here's how two towns reacted.

  • Fuel For Thought

    Beginning June 15, all on-road engines must use S15 diesel. Here's how this requirement will affect budgets, maintenance intervals, and performance.

  • Volunteerism is a beautiful thing

    For more than 50 years, Keep America Beautiful worked to combat the litter problem, largely through public-service campaigns and volunteer programs. One of their biggest pushes for pickups comes during the Great American Cleanup, scheduled this year from March 1 to May 31.

  • Brew it yourself

    As increasing fuel costs, mounting environmental concerns, and the need to refurbish ailing fleets as the newer ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) take their toll on engines, fleet managers are seeking alternatives that won't destroy carefully negotiated budgets.

  • City's energy plan is a gas

    One Canadian city is harnessing its current resources to create a new source of energy and revenue.