White Paper on Sustainability

Sustainable development is the most vibrant and powerful force to impact the building design and construction field in more than a decade. In this White Paper, the editors of Building Design & Construction offer a brief history of green building; present the results of a specially commissioned survey of our readers; and analyze the chief trends, issues, and published research, based on interviews with dozens of experts and participants in green building. The White Paper concludes with an "Action Plan," a set of recommendations designed to encourage further dialogue about sustainable development.

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City of Vacaville

Vacaville, California is located in northern Solano County, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. The City's rich history has transformed the community from a small agricultural town into a thriving and progressive city; now a diverse population of 97,446 residents call Vacaville home. While the City’s population history and demographics show its rapid growth, Vacaville remains a “small town at heart,” whose residents pride themselves on the high level of community involvement.

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Whitepaper v1.0 - Neotech – Finance

whitePaper | April 30, 2022

NeoTech is creating smart city digital infrastructure that can lead to massive improvements in citizens quality of life and increase the protection of the environment while reducing the cost of doing so. NeoTech uses cutting edge technology in both hardware and software to recreate a 1:1 exact replica of the Earth in utterly digital form, enabling thousands of new applications to be spun off on top of our new Metaverse, enabling startups, enterprises, and people alike to take part in this new technological revolution.

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Augmented government Transforming government services through augmented reality

whitePaper | January 27, 2020

On September 27, 1998, football fans who tuned in to watch the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals witnessed much more than a 31-24 Bengal win. That Sunday, ESPN introduced a technological inno-vation that would forever change the way fans watch sports: a thin yellow line overlaid onto live video representing the distance required for a first down.

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How Do Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest? With Strategic Diversification

whitePaper | April 30, 2022

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) remain a prominent and diverse group of global asset owners. They represent unencumbered fiscal resources of the host governments, invested under a range of different mandates. In this study, we considered 34 of the largest SWFs, located in 26 different jurisdictions, which as of year-end 2020, have total assets of almost $8.5 trillion, representing 5% of total global markets.2 Between 2018 and 2020, total SWF assets under management (AUM) grew by an annualized 11.3%, as compared to 5.5% over the previous time period (Figure 1). We find that the acceleration in AUM growth is largely a function of market gains due to the post-2018 drawdown in equities. However, we estimate that organic inflows into global SWF holdings are roughly in line with the mid-single digits during the 2014–2018 time period.

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FEDERAL HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

whitePaper | March 25, 2020

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is the principal means by which the Executive Branch coordinates science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise. A primary objective of the NSTC is to ensure that science and technology policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals. The NSTC prepares research and development strategies that are coordinated across Federal agencies aimed at accomplishing multiple national goals.

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U.S. Trade in Services: Trends and Policy Issues

whitePaper | January 22, 2020

Trade in “services” refers to a wide and growing range of economic activities. These activities include transport, tourism, financial services, use of intellectual property, telecommunications and information services, government services, maintenance, and other professional services from accounting to legal services. Compared to goods, the types and volume of services that can be traded are limited by factors such as the requirement for direct buyer-provider contact, and other unique characteristics such as the reusability of services (e.g., professional consulting) for which traditional value measures do not account. In addition to services as independent exports, manufactured and agricultural products incorporate and depend on services, such as research and development or shipping of intermediate or final goods. As services account for 71% of U.S. employment, U.S. trade in services, both services as exports and as inputs to other exported products, can have a broad impact across the U.S. economy.

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Guide to Empowering a Mobile Workforce for State & Local Government

whitePaper | April 16, 2020

For government employees, work isn’t a place anymore. It’s something they do, wherever and whenever the need arises. To reach decisions, build relationships, manage finances, and drive strategic value—even with today’s tight resources—mobile workers need the freedom to move beyond agency walls without leaving behind the resources they need to be effective. They need to be able to do anything, anywhere, and on whatever device is most convenient—including their own personal devices—from laptops to the latest tablets and smartphones.

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City of Vacaville

Vacaville, California is located in northern Solano County, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. The City's rich history has transformed the community from a small agricultural town into a thriving and progressive city; now a diverse population of 97,446 residents call Vacaville home. While the City’s population history and demographics show its rapid growth, Vacaville remains a “small town at heart,” whose residents pride themselves on the high level of community involvement.

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