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Phelps A.F.,Cole Street
IGLC 2012 - 20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction | Year: 2012

As construction projects become increasingly complex, the success of these projects depends increasingly on effective information flow. Based on a three-year ethnographic study of the project team responsible for two capital healthcare projects, this paper presents a model of the interrelation of trust, commitment, learning, and understanding within project teams and how these constructs are vital to effective information flow. This model was developed through analysis of project team behaviors, behavioral trends, and triggers that prompted changes in behavioral trends. The model has implications regarding the competencies required of managers on complex projects, tools and processes that improve information flow, and the importance of information flow planning.

Extensive holdings of Pristiloma snails in the Oregon State Arthropod Collection were evaluated and reidentified as necessary. The study confirmed the distinctness of Pristiloma crateris from other species and delineated a range in Pacific Northwest National Forests, primarily along the western and eastern slopes of the Cascade Range in Oregon. © 2015 Check List and Authors.

Property owners are subject to potential environmental liability from a number of sources including strict statutory liability for remediation of contamination on their properties as well as liability for conditions within their buildings. These latent environmental risks are often exposed in the context of a transaction, redevelopment, or change of use. Commonly used due diligence protocols can avoid or mitigate many risks but owners need to be aware of the limitations and pitfalls of due diligence. In many circumstances, environmental insurance should also be considered as part of the overall environmental risk management strategy. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Negro S.E.,Cole Street
Environmental Claims Journal | Year: 2012

Water use, water quality, and land use are distinct areas of law. The Supreme Court blurred these distinctions in Rapanos v. United States, in which the Court struck down an Army Corps of Engineers regulation interpreting the Corps' jurisdiction over "waters of the United States." The plurality aggrandized traditional state land use powers to include water quality regulation. This inflation has led to gaps in water resources protection. Examining what truly constitutes traditional state land use powers is necessary to accurately understand the balance of federal and state power in regulating water resources. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Carson R.A.,530 Walnut Ave SW | Hamel Z.,Chemin de la linerie | Giarrocco K.,122 Davenport Road | Baylor R.,Cole Street | Mathews L.G.,University of North Carolina at Asheville
Agriculture and Human Values | Year: 2015

Many consumers are motivated to attend Farmers’ Markets (FMs) because of the opportunity to purchase fresh and local products. The subsequent interactions at FMs provide an important pathway for the direct exchange of information. While previous research suggests that people value local food and the FM shopping experience and that purchasing directly from producers can lead to transformative learning, little is known about exactly how the shopping experience at FMs can influence consumer purchasing behavior. This study examines the extent of and mechanism for such “influencing.” Using data from surveys, observations, and interviews gathered at six FMs, we analyze the interactions between consumers and vendors, including the motivations and values of both parties. We explore the question, “How do farmers’ markets facilitate change in consumer purchasing behavior?” We propose that the dynamic of change in consumer purchasing behavior at FMs takes root in the exchange of information between consumers and vendors during interactions. Our results suggest that there are three specific characteristics shared by FM consumers and vendors that lead to these meaningful interactions at FMs: symmetry of motivations to attend FMs, shared values, and mutual dependence on interactions. Then, when a consumer learns new information from a FM vendor during an interaction, the consumer is more likely to make a change in their immediate purchase. Information about the products for sale and the modes of production of those items can especially impact consumers’ immediate purchases at FMs. We found that FM interactions can also impact long-term purchasing behavior, such as purchasing more organic or locally produced foods. Our results suggest that FM interactions may have significant implications for consumer health, local economies, and the environment. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

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