Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why Are We Not Using More 'Green' Construction Methods?

Wow, I knew that driving on our roads creates pollution, but I didn't realize that building those same roads creates a large amount of pollution itself. SustainableCitiesCollective says that building our nation's roads emits roughly 38,760,000 tons of CO2 every year!

What to do?? Some innovative ideas have come to light lately that would make our roads more 'green' while blacktopping, but they're not widely in use. Here's the story.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.