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Dorina Bakiri’s Design Chosen for Jacksonville Garden

The Florida Times-Union recently featured plans for a new community garden in the traditional neighborhood of Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. RS&H architect Dorina Bakiri’s proposed design was the top design chosen by community members.

According to the article, Bakiri drew inspiration from the neighborhood’s “richly planted and elegant” front yards and porches. The design, (Simple) Curve, features a curving wall and 34 small plots that will be leased to gardeners.

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EPA Updates Requirements for Well Completions, Storage Tanks & Natural Gas Processing Plants

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The EPA has recently released updates and clarifications to its 2012 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. These updates do not change the emission reduction requirements, but clarify technical aspects of well completion requisites, storage tank emission standards, and further explain definitions within the ruling.

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EPA May Expand Regulations for Methane Emissions for Oil and Gas

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Methane, a byproduct of oil and gas extraction, is 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within the first 20 years of being released. The White House says 28 percent of US methane emissions are generated from natural gas wells and pipelines. A Stanford University study said methane released from the US natural gas supply chain were two times greater than estimated.

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Profile-Based Vehicle Classification Gains Momentum in the United States

Almost all tolled highways and bridges employ some type of tiered pricing approach based on vehicle size and/or weight. The most common approach to classifying vehicles for toll pricing in the United States is based on the number of axles. Other less common methods include a combination of vehicle axles, weight, and a vehicle size based classification method known as profiling. While weight-based systems have lost favor due to high capital and maintenance costs, profile-based vehicle classification is gaining momentum, particularly in all electronic tolling and managed lanes environments.

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Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Systems Reinvent Toll Collection

Since the turn of the century, transportation agencies have focused on the use of tolling to increase revenue and operational efficiencies that can be implemented to enhance that revenue. The tolls back office has radically changed from focusing on cash collection to improving electronic toll collection processes and customer satisfaction. The equipment in the lane also has been upgraded to lower costs. Transponder accuracy has led to higher revenue and an increase in the use of toll tags. Improved optical character recognition has enabled agencies to enact all electronic toll processes using license plate billing methods.

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