SWEMA provides stormwater BMP Maintenance Ordinance template
ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) drafted a template for use by state and local government agencies in setting an ordinance requiring the maintenance of all stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). The ordinance addresses general requirements for stormwater BMPs, access requirements, maintenance frequency, and inspection. The template is a general guideline and may be modified to suit state, local, or regional requirements. A copy of the document is available on the www.stormwaterassociation.com website under the "Spotlight" section.
APWA launches online Livability Portal
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The American Public Works Association (APWA) released a comprehensive livability portal – www.narc.org/livability – that offers resources and tools for local governments and regional planning organizations. The portal is a result of a collaboration with the National Association of Regional Councils, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the International City/County Management Association, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. The tools were designed to help regions and local governments implement their own community livability vision, while coordinating transportation planning elements.
ARTBA announces new P3 staff team
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) beefed up its staffing for public-private partnership (P3) issue work and educational outreach activities, with an increased focus being placed on the state level. Rich Juliano, ARTBA's senior vice president for strategic initiatives and longtime manager of the association's programs and services for its transportation contractor members and affiliated state highway contractor associations, will lead the association's staff P3 Division team as well. Working with him on P3 issues and programs will be ARTBA Vice President of Finance Mike Forsythe and Special Projects Manager Rebecca Schwartz.
APTA awards CDM Smith for sustainability commitment
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recognized CDM Smith with Silver Status in its Sustainability Commitment Program. This recognition is conferred on member organizations that commit to a set of core sustainability principles, including making sustainability a part of the organization's strategic objectives, identifying a sustainability champion within the organization, establishing a sustainability outreach program for staff, and undertaking a sustainability inventory within the organization. CDM Smith's commitment to sustainability performance improvement has been demonstrated through its resource conservation efforts, resulting in reduced consumption of water, electricity, and fuel; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and increased recycling, APTA said.