The team for this year’s Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series, won for a quartet of 2013 ENR covers on climate adaptation exemplifies the changing nature of B-to-B journalism.
Hunter, who covers environmental legislation in Washington, D.C., says, “What’s interesting to me is that, while the debate in Congress continues on how to prepare and respond to the effects of climate change, water utilities have been thinking about this issue proactively for years. For them, sea-level rise, wildfire and droughts are all too real, and they are working with engineering firms and contractors to find realistic solutions. It isn’t something that is far off in the future that can keep getting put off until later. We already are seeing some of the effects.”