Archives for May 2015

Our experience during Nepal’s devastating, 7.8-magnitude earthquake

It was surreal. There we were, in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, on an assignment to run a disaster-risk-management workshop with the Asian Development Bank. We were helping the Nepalese authorities reduce the risks associated with natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, in urban areas. And then, in a moment, what we feared most happened. We were […]

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Award-winning volunteer believes in leading by example

Tina Bird with Estevan Army Cadets at their Annual Cadet Review.  I have been volunteering for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, I recall mentoring younger students and helping them learn to read. I also provided peer support throughout my elementary and high school years by promoting drug-free choices and teaching students how to […]

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Four years of food rescue in Canberra

The OzHarvest Food Rescue van during a food collection from one of the many donors in Canberra, Australia. Photo courtesy of Anna Mohen, AECOM volunteer since 2014. The beginning It was late 2011 — just after my start with AECOM in Canberra, Australia — when I was asked to help set up a local  community […]

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Engineers have a role to play in minimizing climate change

Michael Li guided the sustainable development of commercial office tower 41X, which is the Victorian state headquarters of the Australian Institute of Architects located in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The tower achieved a 5-star Green Star certified rating, an internationally recognized sustainability rating system. Engineers play an integral role in shaping our interaction with the world. The decisions we make […]

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Hang up and drive

The vehicle Jacy and her parents were in following their car accident in May 2008. Jacy Good, co-founder of Hang Up and Drive, spoke at a recent industry event attended by AECOM employees during the company’s Safety Week at the end of April. Here, Good retells her story and makes the case for banning all […]

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Lighting up lives in India

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to live in and experience several societies that are different from my own. Through this, I’ve learned that we are all the same — waking up every day to go to school and work, so that we can be part of a bigger change, or at least part […]

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Heading home from Hyderabad

I’m Zara Marais, an environmental scientist based in Melbourne, Australia. With my AECOM colleagues, Sean Holmes and Louis Scipione, I’m taking part in Pollinate Energy’s Young Professionals Program (YPP) in Hyderabad, India. As the program draws to a close and we prepare to head home, I’ve begun to reflect on our time here and the […]

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