New report addresses investment strategies for U.S. aging infrastructure

Nov. 26, 2014

DENVER — The report released by the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College aims to help academic, public and industry leaders rethink the types of investments needed to rehabilitate, operate and manage U.S. infrastructure systems.

DENVER — The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College released a new report, “Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions: Rethinking Our Infrastructure Investment Strategies,” to help the public, industry leaders and academics rethink how communities are planned and the types of investments needed to operate, manage and rehabilitate U.S. infrastructure systems, according to a press release.

The report features a variety of applications to urban planning and the water, transportation and power industries in particular, and includes 70 interviews from the Pacific Northwest’s key infrastructure innovators and thought leaders representing an array of sectors, stated the release.

The release reported that findings in the newly released report shows infrastructure investments will have a direct impact on the U.S. environment, economy and local communities.

The release continued by adding that in the Pacific Northwest, as well as in other regions accross the U.S., facilities are aging and maintenance costs are rising; however, often the resources needed to help fund capital improvements are shrinking.

“We need a new and different approach to fixing our infrastructure crisis,” said CH2M HILL Vice President and Senior Consultant Liz Kelly, who contributed to the report. “Public and private sectors need to work together for a step change in how we manage, operate and rehabilitate our infrastructure, and even in how we define our role as infrastructure managers. Emerging technologies will also play a major role, as they present opportunities for lower impact and lower cost capital and operations and maintenance (O&M) solutions.”

You can download a copy of the full report here.

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