The Topeka Zoo in Kansas will open Kay's Garden, a Japanese garden in 2020 with a koi pond, walkways and an events center. The zoo also plans to build stormwater-management infrastructure and a new parking area.
Nonprofit organizations just starting out need to build relationships within their communities, write Ramona Sudbeck and Michael Bradley with Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Recreation and Park Administration. "Creating a network of community relations and community engagement will promote and develop positive benefits, such as community partnerships, name recognition and continued growth -- all in cost-effective and sustainable ways," they write.
Growing up near a park leads to fewer respiratory problems in children and could lower the risk of such problems when they reach adulthood, according to findings presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The study looked at satellite images to determine proximity to green space for the 5,000 study participants in Europe.
Public and private funding was used to raise $36 million to protect more than 30,000 acres of the Southern Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. "Climate is not necessarily a bipartisan issue, but outdoor recreation is, conservation is," says Joel Houser of the Open Space Institute.
A playground for children of all abilities will be built in Lodi, N.J., next year thanks to a $75,000 matching grant from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund. "The fact that this is ADA compliant is important," said Mayor Emil Carafa.
Switzerland-based Streamr and Singapore-based Fysical have teamed up for a pilot project to build a countrywide traffic model in Georgia. Blockchain-backed data from the mobile apps of 10 million phones will be used to improve delivery of transportation planning services.
Truck-maker Navistar has invested millions of dollars in new equipment it believes will help improve the efficiency of its manufacturing processes at its plant in Springfield, Ohio, and ultimately pinpoint quality assurance issues earlier. The move comes amid a culture change at the company, which Mark Hernandez, vice president of global manufacturing at Navistar, says entails a shift toward greater lean manufacturing.
Any company that seeks to create a so-called factory of the future should be able to handle five important capabilities, starting with internal process optimization, per the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership. Plants can create greater mobility through mobile cell towers and wireless mesh networks.
Proactive maintenance of pumps can deliver major reliability benefits for offshore oil platforms, writes Sulzer's Jennifer Cardillo. Pre-emptive action is especially important for monitoring vibration and operational temperature of components.
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