Austin Green

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor, Features Manager; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2018, Vol. 88, Issue 3, Pg. 46-57

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A former brownfield site in Austin, Texas, has been converted into a mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood—known as an EcoDistrict—that focuses on renewable and innovative energy systems, water conservation and reuse, increased mobility options, and the creation of a new, environmentally sensitive community. Key features of the project include a new public library, a renovated former power plant, a restored waterway, and new bridges and trails, among other amenities.

Subject Headings: Sustainable development | Water conservation | Power plants | Brownfields | Innovation | Energy conversion | Hydro power | Energy efficiency | Texas | United States

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