Fork in the Road

WISPIRG Foundation carefully scrutinized proposed highway expansions in Wisconsin and highlighted four wasteful projects. Read their report at http://wispirgfoundation.org/reports/wip/fork-road.

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Summer Internship Opportunity with CPPR in Tamil Nadu, India

Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.cppr.in/) is looking for summer interns with background in urban planning and design. The intern will work on a project being undertaken by CPPR in the city of Erode in Tamil Nadu where they will be starting with city mapping exercises based on identified indicators. This opportunity will allow you to get hands on ground experience and a chance to work alongside CPPR’s diverse research team. The duration of the Internship shall be from 2-4 months starting from June/July 2015. Accommodation at Erode shall be provided along with a small stipend. Interested candidates should send their resume/CV to Madhu Sivaraman at project@cppr.in with the subject line “APPLICATION FOR CPPR SUMMER INTERNSHIP”. For additional details look at the announcement below.

Post: Urban Planner Intern

Site Location: Erode City, Tamil Nadu, India

Key Deliverables

The duties for the intern include but are not limited to:

  Work on developing Master Plans for cities with a regional approach

  Collating data, undertaking analysis and writing reports for on-going CITY MAPPING exercise at Erode, Tamil Nadu, India.

  Demographic and Economic Analysis for Regional and Master Plans

  Doing sketch-ups, and rendering, understand layers, differing scales.

  Work both independently and collaboratively with the various team members and other interns/ volunteers

  Develop/create attractive presentation layouts and maps using the appropriate softwares.

  Travel to Site with potential overnight stays for Site visits.

Desired Requirements

  Working knowledge of GIS, with proficiency in creating base maps from Google and from GIS shape files preferred.

  Proficiency on working with AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Microsoft Office

The duration of the Internship shall be from 2-4 months starting from June/July 2015. The Intern shall be allowed a Stipend amount or allowances for the Project of up to INR 5000 per month ($80) depending on the engagement. Accommodation at Erode shall be taken care by CPPR. Any other additional expenditure shall be borne by the intern themselves if it is not directly related to the execution of the project.

About CPPR

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is a think tank dedicated to extensive and in-depth research on current economic, social, and political issues. They strive to initiate policy changes by publishing our research and by framing policy debates and discussions on various subjects. Their research areas include Governance, Education, Health, Law, Livelihood, Strategy & Security and Urban Reforms. They have carried out research projects and worked on policy papers for government bodies, private institutions, and academia; many of which have had a profound impact at the governance level. CPPR’s research team includes professionals from different fields of expertise and resource persons from across the world.

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Want to save energy? Fly the environmentally friendly skies

Flying in a plane is not only safer than driving a car, it’s also better for the environment, says a University of Michigan researcher.

In a follow-up study from last year, Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that it takes twice as much energy to drive than to fly.

He examined recent trends in energy intensity—the amount of energy needed to transport a person a given distance—in light-duty vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickups and vans) versus domestic airline flights. His analysis measured BTU per person mile from 1970 to 2012.

Read the full story at http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/22843-want-to-save-energy-fly-the-environmentally-friendly-skies.

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Toronto needs more mid-rise condos, report says

Author: Susan Pigg

The GTA is plagued by “dead zones” along many of its major streets that could become affordable new family-friendly neighbourhoods and vibrant shopping areas if rezoned for desperately needed mid-rise condo projects.

Whole stretches of prime real estate — especially along key transit routes like the Bloor-Danforth subway — are hobbled by outdated zoning and low-rise buildings that would make ideal spots for five- to 11-storey condo complexes and new walkable, transit-oriented neighbourhoods, notes a new report being released Friday.

“Housing affordability has become a pressing issue — the new transit discussion,” says Cherise Burda, director of the Toronto-based think tank, the Pembina Institute which co-authored the “Make Way for Mid-Rise” report.

Where reasonable rental housing was once the biggest challenge in the region, now affordable home ownership is a growing crisis, with too many young families being “forced to drive until they qualify” for mortgages on more affordable homes in far-flung suburbs a killer commute from work, Burda says.

Read the full article at http://www.thestar.com/business/2015/05/01/toronto-needs-more-mid-rise-condos-report-says.html.

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Munich Re America joins U-M research partnership on connected and automated vehicles

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. has joined the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) Affiliates Program—part of a major research partnership of industry, government, and academia that is laying the foundation for a commercially viable system of connected and automated vehicles. The Affiliates Program has 27 initial members from a wide range of industries.

Read the full story at http://www.greencarcongress.com/2015/03/20150327-munichre.html.

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New Ford S-MAX first worldwide to offer Intelligent Speed Limiter

Ford of Europe announced that the a new S-MAX will be the first Ford worldwide to offer Intelligent Speed Limiter, a new technology that scans traffic signs and adjusts the throttle to help drivers stay within legal speed limits and avoid fines.

Intelligent Speed Limiter for the first time combines the two current Ford technologies Adjustable Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition, which are both already available on models including Focus, all-new Mondeo, and Kuga SUV. Drivers can choose between speed limiting systems in the vehicle menu using the steering wheel controls, and activate them using the speed system controls.

Maximum speed for Intelligent Speed Limiter can be set and then raised or lowered in 5 km/h (5 mph) increments. Between 30-200 km/h (20-120 mph) the technology utilises speed limit information from the Traffic Sign Recognition system. In vehicles equipped with onboard navigation, Intelligent Speed Limiter also uses map data for improved accuracy.

Read the full story at http://www.greencarcongress.com/2015/03/20150324-smax.html.

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