“What exactly are single-use plastic and why are they so bad?”
Plastic is a very useful material. It’s flexible, fairly non-reactive, and strong, making it applicable for single-use grocery bags. However, the fact that Single-use Plastics are not recyclable and biodegradable means that they will end up in a land-fill and release toxic chemicals into the environment. To solve this crisis, a new generation of thinkers will have to come up with innovative policy and technical solutions. This could be anyone, from a regular Joe to someone whose name rhymes with Narina.
“How can we bring electricity to rural households?”
Much of the developing world still has no access to electricity. More than 15% of people in India and 87.5% of rural sub-Saharan Africans are unable to enjoy the right to modern infrastructure. This can be solved with Rural Electrification, which entails expanding the grid or distributed energy resources to marginalized communities.
How the Speed of the Energy Transition Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
“How might the speed of the energy transition be a self-fulfilling prophecy?”
One of the most hotly-debated topics in the world right now is how fast the transition from a coal and fossil-fuel based energy paradigm to a cleaner renewable ones will be. Many say that it will be fast and exponential thanks to the precipitous price-drops in solar PV technology and others say that infrastructure lock-in will slow it to a crawl. However, the public’s belief in how fast the transition will go will modify support and pressure for new technologies and systems to be available. Therefore, if people believe that it will go fast, it will! This is How the Speed of the Energy Transition Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
“How can we identify internal vulnerabilities in infrastructure?”
In the physical world, imperfections can be found in every little structure. This also holds true for infrastructure. Resilience Vulnerabilities are the parts of infrastructure that may be liable in case a situation happens. Examples include not having backup generators or having structurally weak cement for the building.
“How can we quantify external threats against resilience?”
Unexpected events such as natural disasters and power outages can cause unexpected damage to infrastructure. In resilience analysis, these are often quantified as Resilience Threats. Example resilience threats include sea-level rise against coastal installations and natural gas pipeline bursts.
Why Infrastructure Stakeholders Should Look for Existing Resilience Plans Before Creating New Ones
“Why should we look for already existing infrastructure plans before creating new ones?”
Resilience is one of the hottest topics in civil engineering right now. Whether it be protecting cities against hurricanes or finding new ways to implement renewable energy, there always seems to be something going on. However, before any new plans are made, people should look out if there are already plans in place instead of reinventing the wheel. This is Why Infrastructure Stakeholders Should Look for Existing Resilience Plans Before Creating New Ones.
Infrastructure Resilience Workshops
“How can we coordinate workshops to practice resilience?”
With the advent of climate change, infrastructure operators are going to think about how they can practice and implement resilience. One way to accomplish this is to hold Infrastructure Resilience Workshops, where multiple governing parties can come together and decide how to quantify and implement their resilience goals. To illustrate, a utility and a hospital may come together to discuss what assets will be prioritized and how to keep patients safe in the case of a blackout.