Dolan, Dana Archer[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Book Review of Steven A. Moore (2010) "Pragmatic Sustainability: Theoretical and Practical Tools"Journal of Planning Education and Research. 01/2011; 31:359-361.
Article: Warming Up to Climate Action: A Survey of GHG Mitigation Through Building Energy Efficiency In City Climate Action Plans[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: With urban populations and energy requirements burgeoning worldwide, cities are increasingly important fronts in the battle against climate change. Many U.S. cities have adopted formal Climate Action Plans, with energy efficiency in buildings a prime target for action. Using grounded theory and drawing from a sample of 17 large U.S. cities, we analyzed the common characteristics of building efficiency programs, relationships with external organizations, and associated municipal governance structures that cities considered important enough to include in these published plans. We found that cities (1) applied energy efficiency policies, standards, and programs (such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification) to their own public infrastructure in an effort to “lead by example,” but faced challenges in extending effective policies to the private sector; (2) drew advice and support from the non-profit, academic, and utility sectors while they navigated the varied incentives and limitations of state and federal policies; and (3) had begun to develop municipal governance structures to institutionalize building efficiency practices beyond initial mayoral support. Despite the laudable initiative of cities on climate mitigation over the last few years, these nascent efforts appear more promissory than compulsory and more visionary than executable, and thus raise serious questions about their ability to produce significant GHG emission reductions without additional incentives or mandates from state and federal governments. Nevertheless, city CAPs serve as an important first step as the U.S. “warms up” for the long run ahead by promoting awareness of climate change issues and the potential for GHG reductions, by institutionalizing grassroots support for climate action, and by developing effective policies that can be adopted more widely. http://www.lexxion.de/cclr-22010Carbon and Climate Law Review. 01/2010;
K.E. Nidiffer, D. Dolan[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The ever-increasing growth and complexity of software-intensive systems that has occurred over the last few years and the ensuing rise in geographically distributed projects are trends that are here to stay. Leading the charge into large, complex, dispersed systems is the government defense contracting industry. Government defense organizations have a critical need, the ability to make long-term investments based on the public interest, and a culture adapted to embracing distributed work. The Systems and Software Consortium, with a membership comprising most of the largest defense contractors, has a unique view into evolving initiatives both in and among its member companies. In this article, we describe an array of drivers, constraints, and enablers that are leading organizations to invest in real-time project management information systems. These systems must evolve to support increased decision velocity and cohesiveness in today's increasingly distributed world.IEEE Software 10/2005; · 1.51 Impact Factor
Kenneth E. Nidiffer, Dana DolanIEEE Software. 01/2005; 22:63-72.