We move from BIG Projects to smaller ones with the potential to make a world of difference

Credit: Arabian Business Publishing Ltd.

Credit: Arabian Business Publishing Ltd.

Our BIG series on BIG projects has come to an end. We hope you enjoyed learning about some of our country’s and the world’s newly built wonders. These BIG projects are helping us to travel and revitalize communities, harness new clean energy and compete on a global scale.

We started our series looking at America’s Infrastructure Report Card produced by the American Society for Civil Engineers. The projects we featured over the past two months are definitely making the grade and helping to raise our country’s infrastructure G.P.A.

We want to say a BIG thank you to all of our interviewees from the past two months. Their work and insights on these projects is truly something to celebrate. They are:

  • Jeff Holland, Director of Communications for NRG who talked about the world’s largest solar thermal plant – the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
  • Shellie Ginn, Transportation Administrator for the City of Tucson’s Department of Transportation who talked about the Sun Link Modern Streetcar project and how it brought a new mode of transportation to the community and is helping to revitalize Tucson’s downtown
  • Mark Camley, Executive Director of Park Operations and Venues at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London Legacy Development Corporation who talked about what Londoners and visitors have to look forward to as the Olympic Park continues its transformation after the 2012 summer games
  • Michelle Boehm, Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority who talked about how the California High Speed Rail is putting the country’s most populous state to work and improving travel efficiency

We also looked at BIG ideas that may become the next BIG project. BIG ideas like Solar Roadways inspired our next series on sustainability, conservation and renewable energy. Next, we will feature smaller scale projects that have the potential to make a big impact. These are projects that are helping us reduce our waste and dependence on products that can harm our planet. These solutions and are helping us help our communities and ourselves to be healthier and live more sustainable lifestyles. While these projects don’t come with billion dollar price tags of the BIG projects we recently featured, they have the potential to help our country reduce its carbon footprint.

Do you know of a project or idea related to sustainability, conservation or renewable energy that is making a big difference? Share these with us. The more knowledge we have as individuals the better equipped we are to incorporate more sustainable efforts into our lives. When we all do our part we can make a world of difference.

Liz Faris, Account Manager
Collaborative Services, Inc.



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