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New USGS Maps Identify Potential Ground-Shaking Hazards in 2017

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 8, 2017 12:02:13 PM

The central U.S. faces continued hazards from human-induced earthquakes.

New USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards in 2017 from both human-induced and natural earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., known as the CEUS. This is the second consecutive  year both types of hazards are forecasted, as previous USGS maps only identified hazards from natural earthquakes. This research was published today in Seismological Research Letters.

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Wildfire Mitigation Awards Announced

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 8, 2017 10:36:54 AM

Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire mitigation.

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).

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The NFPA's Firewise Program Reflects on 2016

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 17, 2017 11:17:42 AM

The Firewise Program added 176 communities in 2016 bringing its enrollment total to 1,388 active communities in 41 states.

Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live.

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Resiliency State of the Union: Strategies for a Changing Climate

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 11, 2017 12:06:23 PM

The White House recently released a report that explores ways that we can enhance the resiliency of our built environment.

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Growing Number of Cities Adopting Earthquake Retrofit Laws

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 21, 2016 11:57:51 AM

Article from Optimum Seismic stemmed from a recent presentation they made for a meeting of the California Building Officials association.

Optimum Seismic President Ali Vahdani recently published an article in Apartment Age Magazine, addressing the growing number of California cities are seismic retrofit ordinances. The article, “Why More and More Cities are Enacting Earthquake Retrofit Laws,” is reprinted below, with permission from the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, publishers of Apartment Age Magazine. 

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