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Bledsoe named inaugural UGA Athletic Association Professor in Resilient Infrastructure

Brian P. Bledsoe, a scholar with more than 25 years of experience as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist in the private and public sectors, has been appointed the inaugural Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Resilient Infrastructure in the University of Georgia College of Engineering.

The board of regents made the special appointment at its January meeting. Bledsoe will join the engineering faculty this month.

“Dr. Bledsoe brings a tremendous record of accomplishment to the University of Georgia College of Engineering, and he will play a major role in the continuing growth of our academic program and our research enterprise,” said Donald J. Leo, dean of the college. “I sincerely thank our partners in the Athletic Association for supporting our mission to educate the next generation of engineers.”

Bledsoe’s research is focused on the interface of hydrology, ecology and urban water sustainability with an emphasis on the sustainability and resiliency of green infrastructure including streams, floodplains and stormwater systems. His work is currently funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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U.S. Green Building Council Announces New Director in Georgia

Beth Cope - New Director of Community USGBC GABeth Cope will lead the state’s green building efforts toward a more sustainable future

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the appointment of Beth Cope as the new director of USGBC Georgia. In this role, Cope will work to advance USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout the state.

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Georgia communities receive infrastructure loans totaling $13.5 million

Loan commitments include energy and water conservation projects

Five Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $13,451,250 for water, sewer, and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

The communities include the city of Millen, the town of Williamson, and Effingham County, Jones County and Paulding County. 

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PSC Witness Confirms Vogtle 3 and 4 Cost of $9.517 Billion for Georgia Power

 

At the December 10, 2015, hearing in the 13th Vogtle Construction Monitoring Review the Public Service Commission’s financial witness, Philip Hayet, confirmed that Georgia Power Company’s share of the cost for Vogtle Units 3 and 4 had increased from $6.113 billion to $9.517 billion an increase of 56%.  The Project cost overruns have been driven by persistent construction delays that have pushed back the original commercial operation dates of April 1, 2016 for Unit 3 and April 1, 2017 for Unit 4 to June 2019 for Unit 3 and June 2020 for Unit 4. 

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Rep. Lynn Smith Named to List of Most Influential Georgians

State Representative Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) was recently named one of the Most Influential Georgians of 2016 by Georgia Trend Magazine. The January 2016 edition of the magazine marked the sixth consecutive year Rep. Smith has been named to this list.

State Representative Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) was recently named one of the Most Influential Georgians of 2016 by Georgia Trend Magazine. The January 2016 edition of the magazine marked the sixth consecutive year Rep. Smith has been named to this list.

“I am truly honored to be selected by Georgia Trend as one of their 2016 100 Most Influential Georgians,” said Rep. Smith.  “The individuals on this list are a testament to the talent and dedication to excellence in our state, and I am humbled to share this honor with them.”

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