May Newsline: FCC Submits Broadband Changes, Aurora Plans Sewer Improvements, Sustainability New Goal For Public Works

May 2010 Vol. 65 No. 5

The Illinois EPA required the city to submit a long-term control plan for its sewer system by April 1, according to Public Works Director Ken Schroth. The plan involves continuing to build larger sewer pipes, creating more wet weather storage, and building additional treatment facilities. The proposal aims at eliminating and treating about 94 percent of the combined sewer overflow in any given year.

Sustainability: a new vision for public works
To support a new sustainability vision in public works management, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has recently created the new APWA Center for Sustainability. The Center was designed to enable APWA to become the driving force for sustainability in public works, and to support the development of the next generation of public works leaders with strong sustainability credentials and commitment. In the 21st century, the public works professional must think beyond the current generation, work closely with a more engaged and better informed public, and take an integrated systems approach to addressing livability and community issues.

Sustainability is a cross-cutting concept that touches all aspects of public works and infrastructure. "The coming decades will require new skills and tools to solve complex problems," said APWA Director of Sustainability Julia Anastasio. "Sustainability in public works means that new solutions can be developed in environmentally and socially responsible ways, while delivering services and infrastructure citizens expect with the best economic choice in the long term."

APWA is also currently creating professional development and educational activities that focus on the Center's public works sustainability principles so that public works professionals have the tools and resources they need to advance sustainable change in their communities. A full realm of sustainability ideas and innovations will be explored more fully at the APWA Sustainability in Public Works Conference in Minneapolis, MN from June 8-10. "The conference is designed to explore and promote the evolving role of public works professionals in the creation and management of sustainable communities," Anastasio said.

Google FTTH initiative hopes to shape U.S. broadband policy
Google’s announcement that it is launching a fiber to the home (FTTH) trial should not be viewed as a move by the Internet giant to become a major transport player in the U.S. ultra-high-speed broadband market – at least not for the foreseeable future.