Planning & Growth

Trump, Congress Face Test on Infrastructure Politics, Funding

Infrastructure is much in the news these days, with battles over politics and funding yielding stories for environment reporters. In play are a Trump plan, who gets to pick projects, who pays and much more. But in an election year, how likely are infrastructure plans to move forward? The backstory, with angles for environment and energy, plus what to watch for in 2018, in our Backgrounder on infrastructure.

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Tools and Contacts for Covering Infrastructure

Covering local infrastructure projects often means covering energy and the environment. This week’s TipSheet offers a companion to our special backgrounder on the national infrastructure story emerging out of Washington. We’ve got dozens of resources and links for finding infrastructure news and information from Congress, executive agencies, infrastructure organizations and environmental groups.

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March 5, 2018 to March 7, 2018

CitiesIPCC Cities & Climate Change Science Conference

SEJ members are invited to attend and cover this inaugural event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Elected officials, scientists, UN representatives, urban development experts and others will gather to discuss the latest scientific research on climate change and advance understanding of how cities can address this global challenge. Can't attend in person? You may be able to cover the conference remotely.

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Environmental Impact Statements a Key Tool for Reporters, But for How Long?

For decades, federal law has required environmental impact statements for big federal actions, like the building of dams, highways and more. Those impact statements, a valued reporting tool, may now be under threat. This week’s TipSheet explains how journalists can find them and use them, and why they could be at risk.

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For 2018, Predicting Extreme Weather Disasters Not As Hard As You Think

Floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other human-caused disasters made 2017 a hard year to beat. But environmental journalists would do well to be prepared for 2018. This week's TipSheet explains why predicting weather-related disasters may not be as hard you think, and provides resources to get reporters ready. 

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January 30, 2018

Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

The Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management invites you to this event at Columbia University in New York City. Reception follows.

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