Greening America’s Transportation Infrastructure: Where do we start?
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Why is America’s transportation system so outdated, why should we care, and what can we do about it?
America, despite its wealth, often seems to be falling apart in terms of the infrastructure especially the transportation infrastructure. American society of civil engineers routinely give its transport structures poor marks, rating roads, rails and bridges as deficient or functionally obsolete. The current rating is D+. Most developed countries have a rating of C or above.
According to a World Economic Forum study America’s infrastructure has got worse, by comparison with other countries, over the past decade. Overall, the US has gone from a 5th place to a 24th place in the World Economic Forum’s ranking between 2002 and 2011.
In order to make the US more competitive for businesses, the infrastructure investments are crucial. Several indirect jobs are created due to these investments, as well as the increase of the consumption index. While re-building America’s infrastructure – can we look at sustainable options? Are there existing frameworks or rating systems like LEED for transportation infrastructure?
Join us as GBRI senior Research Associate Paul Johan-Seim explores this topic in detail.