By Laura E. LoomisAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal program designed to save lives by designing communities and cities with the most energy efficiency and the least carbon pollution will soon be making its way to major cities across the country.
It’s the brainchild of a bcm engineering professor who also teaches a class at a top university in the Pacific Northwest.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Civil Engineering Research Program will create a nationwide bcm urban design competition that will include an engineering award and $1.4 million in grants.
The competition is part of a broader effort to boost public confidence in the federal government’s commitment to protecting the environment and creating more efficient and safe cities.
Bcm engineers have been working for years to build a safe and resilient city that can handle the impact of climate change, such as storms, floods and wildfires.
The program is meant to be an innovative tool that could help communities adapt and reduce the number of people who die in the event of a natural disaster.
The challenge will be to create an urban design that uses less energy and produces fewer carbon emissions than traditional, traditional designs.
Bremen’s local council member, who also serves as the city’s director of public works, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he’s optimistic about the project.
He said he has talked to many bcm residents who feel that their city is being left behind by their government.
He says the challenge will not be easy.
Bemidji Mayor Jim Clark, a bemidjian, said he’s confident the bcm project will produce results that benefit the community.
Clark said he was proud to see the city partner with bcm to create the project and is excited that the city will get a piece of the action.
He said the city is focused on building a strong and resilient future for the people of Bemidja.
Bemoaning what the bemidexpress.com site calls a “bamboozle” bcm competition, Clark said Bemis efforts will not go unnoticed.
He’s hoping that the competition will be a way for the public to hear more about the program.
The city is not seeking any federal or state funding.
The bcm initiative was originally established in 2015 and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified Bemidas carbon footprint as the country’s second largest after China.