Sustainable Infrastructure & Built Environment

Sustainable and resilient infrastructure shifts the built environment forward with green tech. Discover more about infrastructure sustainability.

Blocpower employees installing a window in a New York City building

Sustainable infrastructure, encompassing the realms of transportation, energy, water, and construction, has become a focal point in addressing contemporary global challenges. The integration of sustainability principles into infrastructure design and development is not merely a modern trend but a necessity dictated by the urgent need to mitigate environmental impacts, enhance economic viability, and promote social equity.

With Newlab’s platform, use your ideas to embark on a journey through the utility, innovations, technological advancements, and challenges of sustainable infrastructure, offering a comprehensive understanding of this transformative field. We offer a home to new technologies that look to reshape the landscape of infrastructure sustainability, in hopes that decarbonizing the industry and designing the road ahead with smarter, cleaner pathways will secure a more stable future.

A Historical Perspective to Infrastructure Sustainability

The concept of infrastructure dates back centuries, rooted in the fundamental human need for connectivity and access to resources. Ancient civilizations built roads, aqueducts, and bridges to facilitate trade, signaling the inception of basic infrastructure. However, the focus was primarily utilitarian, lacking considerations for environmental impact or long-term sustainability. The shift towards sustainability in infrastructure gained momentum in the mid-20th century. The environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s prompted a reevaluation of infrastructure projects, leading to the incorporation of environmental impact assessments and a growing awareness of resource conservation.

The history of the built environment is a captivating journey that unfolds through the evolution of human civilization. Humanity has continuously shaped its surroundings to meet the demands of culture, technology, and societal progress. Ancient civilizations, such as those in Mesopotamia and Egypt, left indelible marks with monumental structures like the ziggurats and pyramids, showcasing early architectural prowess. The classical era witnessed the grandeur of Greek and Roman architecture, influencing centuries to come. The Middle Ages brought forth Gothic cathedrals and fortified castles, reflecting the societal shifts of the time. The Renaissance period celebrated a revival of classical ideals, birthing architectural marvels like the Duomo in Florence. The industrial revolution ushered in a new era of urbanization and innovative construction techniques. Today, the built environment stands as a testament to the continuous dialogue between human ingenuity and the evolving needs of society.Now, Newlab aims to contribute to the legacy of sustainability across the infrastructure industry to develop answers for a changing world. In giving a platform to new ideas focused on sustainability, reuse, and green technologies, project incubation, prototype execution, and product realization become more possible than ever before. This is especially crucial to infrastructure – further developing the sustainability of the built environment perpetuates the answers needed to secure a more stable future, allowing for better designs, greener production, and a cleaner earth.

Challenges in Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Funding and Investment: Adequate financial resources are crucial for implementing sustainable infrastructure projects, and securing funding can be a major challenge.
  • Policy and Regulation: Inconsistent or inadequate regulations may hinder the widespread adoption of sustainable practices in infrastructure development.
  • Technological Innovation and Integration: Keeping pace with rapidly evolving technologies and integrating them into existing infrastructure can pose challenges.
  • Climate Change Impact: Infrastructure projects must contend with the unpredictable impacts of climate change, requiring adaptive and resilient designs. Moreover, finding methods of construction and manufacturing that don’t contribute to the climate crisis is becoming increasingly vital.

Newlab’s Support of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Assessing the oncoming needs for the future drives Newlab’s efforts to empower founders, startups, and new technologies that aim to answer the bigger questions surrounding sustainability and the future of the industries that surround materials, construction, and transportation. By offering a platform for ideas to grow, it becomes more possible for those ideas to impact the industry in a faster, fuller way– and our network of members includes the fellow startups and investors that will help drive you there.

Newlab offers burgeoning startups the place and the lab space needed to execute ideas more thoroughly; with our platform, developing your product, finding funding, and presenting your startup’s ideas to the world happens fluidly, in conjunction with the government entities, investors, and other startups who seek the same reward of bettering the road ahead with sustainable infrastructure. Our work toward changing the landscape of infrastructure can be seen in markets like construction and transportation, where we aim to pilot projects focused on efficiency by integrating diversified, advanced technologies that carry the answers to large-scale industry questions.

By working with industries like freight and the materials that build the future, Newlab is able to support ideas that have innovative solutions to decarbonization, mass efficiency, and large-scale management for manufacturing, building, and transportation. Using our platform for keener research and development, prototyping, and execution means being at the forefront of the solutions dialogue. With Newlab, you join a future-focused group of movers and thinkers in deep tech, allowing for revolutionary technologies to impact markets more quickly. If your project aims to shift the future of infrastructure sustainability forward, consider using Newlab’s system of resources and lab space to escalate your idea to execution.

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Read about some Newlab members working to develop sustainable infrastructure solutions.

BlocPower is a climate technology startup with the stated objective of ‘making American cities greener, smarter and healthier.’ Since its founding, the company has retrofitted more than 1,000 buildings in disadvantaged communities in New York City, with further projects underway in 24 US cities.
Mythos AI
Mythos AI develops advanced automation and self-driving for vessels aimed at creating autonomous shipping routes that will increase the resiliency of, and decarbonize, the maritime industry.
Renovate Robotics
Renovate Robotics deploys robotics for better, safer roofing, aiming to protect homes and accelerate solar deployment.


What are some key technologies behind creating sustainable infrastructure?

In order to secure the future of sustainable infrastructure, there have to be industry-wide answers provided by further developing the technologies that surround the field. Some of these key technologies include renewable energy systems,energy efficiency and management, advanced materials and construction techniques, smart transportation, smart cities, water management and waste management, among an expanding world of others. 

What are three benefits of sustainable infrastructure?

Sustainable infrastructure offers a myriad of benefits that extend beyond immediate improvements. It enhances environmental resilience by incorporating eco-friendly practices, mitigating the impact on ecosystems. It contributes to economic vitality by creating jobs, fostering innovation in green technologies, and attracting investments. Sustainable infrastructure also prioritizes social equity, ensuring that communities have equal access to essential services and promoting inclusivity.

How has sustainable infrastructure and built environment grown today?

Luckily, manufacturers, designers, and industry leaders are already developing solutions to the many challenges that surround creating a cleaner, more sustainable built environment. From renewable energy integration to waste reduction– from smarter infrastructure to community-led initiatives for greener processes– startups, tech companies, and construction groups are working toward better answers for the road ahead.

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