Sunday, April 4, 2021

Infrastructure Plan Has Some Key Sustainability Highlights

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 The new 2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan released by the Biden administration has some key sustainability highlights that help to advance the green economy. See this story from NPR for details of the plan.

Two of the key points are:

1. Electric car infrastructure. The plan calls for building thousands of electric car charging stations across the country and provides support for the increase in electric car production and infrastructure.

2. Expansion of mass transit infrastructure. This involves support for regional bus systems, expansion of rail, and support for existing mass transit systems.

The plan also calls for some other interesting projects associated with sustainability including removal of lead containing pipes, support for schools and affordable housing, and $35 billion for the National Science Foundation to support breakthrough research that will address the climate crisis.

Of course, the devil is in the details. I always like to say that the greenest building is the one you don't build and there are some contradictory themes in the plan. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that it will be a game changer for electric car infrastructure in the U.S. should it pass congress.

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