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Sustainable Urban Communities

Developing more sustainable communities is vital to strengthening our economy, enhancing everyday life, and providing a foundation for lasting prosperity. Opportunities abound to make urban regions more livable, including reducing pollution, preserving ecosystems, and offering a variety of transportation and housing choices. Today's urban communities demand better building design, land-use planning, and improved infrastructure. They also broaden horizons and enlighten minds through cultural, recreational, and educational programs.

Quick Hits

College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs

The College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs held a “Future Cities, Livable Futures: Toward a Sustainable Model for Urban-Watershed Systems” conference in August. Co-sponsors were the National Science Foundation and UNESCO.

Ali Abolmaali

Civil engineering Professor and Chair Ali Abolmaali and the city of Waxahachie are collaborating on robotic inspections of several miles of the city’s sewer pipelines.

Mohammad Najafi

Mohammad Najafi, director of the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, is collaborating with the Indian Society for Trenchless Technology to solve leakage problems in the pipes that channel stormwater to energy plants.

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