When you think of cities that making big changes to end climate change, you think of the large cities across the globe. There are civil engineers in many small American cities that are taking steps to improve the environment and reduce our overall impact.
Fargo, North Dakota
Right in the middle of wide prairie expanses is a small city that is doing its part to change the world. The city of Fargo, North Dakota, uses locally sourced biodiesel in transit buses. Because of their commitment to the power of renewable energy, the city goes further by using wind and solar energy and harvesting methane gas from garbage, making their landfills natural power generators. If you go shopping in Fargo, pick up a ‘Fargo Recycles’ cloth shopping bag to help promote the great green efforts of this small city.
In the colds of the Wisconsin woods lies the little capital city of Madison. Primarily a college town with a large portion of the population attending the local University of Wisconsin campus, Madison has been a leader in composting initiatives for decades. First beginning its city-wide composting program back in 1989, the civil engineers are now expanding a pilot program that actually turns unwanted food into usable energy, saving the city a lot of money in the process.
Shepherds Flat, Oregon
It’s no surprise to find that even the small towns in this west coast state are doing their part to better the future. The Shepards Flat area of Oregon will soon be home to one of the largest wind farms in the world. The facility is an 845-megawatt farm housing 338 turbines that can produce up to 2.5 megawatts of energy each. Initially, the project employed hundreds of civil engineers and others for design and construction but requires less than fifty full-time employees now.
Again, the state of Wisconsin is home to another small city make a large impact to save our planet. Not happy with just one change, civil engineers have designed small changes that save a lot of energy every year. A system was designed to draw power from solar panels atop a local high school, and during the school year, this makes for a great science lesson.
Civil engineers all over the world are making a difference in their own way. From the smallest town to the largest city, the people are making a difference for our future every day.