Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

3 Questions: Emre Gençer on the evolving role of hydrogen in the energy system

With support from renewable energy sources, the MIT research scientist says, we can consider hydrogen fuel as a tool for decarbonization.

Nafisa Syed | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
March 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability energy carbon policy infrastructure emissions research staff 3-questions mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy

Improving pavement networks by predicting the future

CSHub researchers have developed a pavement maintenance model that considers future uncertainties to improve performance and lower cost.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Feb. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: infrastructure research transportation school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering concrete-sustainability-hub

MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Technological innovations, policies, and behavioral changes will all be needed to reach Paris climate agreement targets.

Kathryn Luu | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Nov. 19, 2019 ~10 min

Tags: cities sustainability energy china policy infrastructure electric-vehicles emissions research autonomous-vehicles automobiles mit-energy-initiative-mitei alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change oil-and-gas

Paving sustainably

Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub study the many contextual factors that influence a pavement’s environmental footprint.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
May 22, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change infrastructure emissions research transportation civil-and-environmental-engineering concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

Designing water infrastructure for climate uncertainty

A new method identifies opportunities to learn and adapt to changing temperature and precipitation trends.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
April 22, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: africa sustainability climate-change water policy infrastructure research school-of-engineering idss civil-and-environmental-engineering eaps joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Paving ahead: Model aims for infrastructure preservation

MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub researchers outline a new pavement maintenance model that accounts for future uncertainties in cost and deterioration.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
April 8, 2019 ~5 min

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With buildings and infrastructure, it pays to take a life-cycle perspective | MIT News

Concrete Sustainability Hub research shows life-cycle thinking has long-term environmental and economic payoffs.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
March 30, 2018 ~4 min

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Study: For food-waste recycling, policy is key | MIT News

Successful programs aren’t limited to well-off towns with strong environmental movements.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 17, 2017 ~7 min

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Case study suggests new approach to urban water supply | MIT News

One drought remedy: Keep infrastructure fast, cheap, and under control.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 14, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  water  policy  infrastructure  research  school-of-engineering  desalination  joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change  idds

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