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CSI’s Inaugural Case Study – King County Protects Puget Sound with Green Stormwater Infrastructure

February 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Waste, Water

by Anne Nelson, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Graduate Research Internship Field Advisor

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) recently launched a case studies initiative to support expansion of multi-benefit sustainable infrastructure successes in the Pacific Northwest. The case study initiative is a new collaboration between the Center and  The Evergreen State College’s Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Administration in Tribal Governance Programs.

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Each quarter one of more graduate students undertake a two credit internship to research and develop in-depth case studies on innovative sustainable infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  The case studies are carefully researched and vetted to highlight projects that are in the ground with proven success, projects that have not yet been summarized in accessible formats (the documentation may only exists in design performance reports, agency reports and institutional knowledge for example) and serve as models of innovative multi-benefit solutions to upgrade aging infrastructure and meet multiple regulatory, community, climate and other environmental goals.

The case studies initiative provides:

  • Focused model project information including funding, maintenance and design in a readily accessible format
  • Professional development opportunities for graduate students through research, interaction with professional in the sustainable infrastructure field and hands on experience communicating technical information to a wide audience
  • Inspiring success stories of multi-benefit projects to propel the uptake and replication of innovative infrastructure solutions

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure is delighted to share the inaugural case study of our initiative highlighting King County’ green stormwater infrastructure project in the Barton neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Thanks to our first graduate research intern, Ben Harbaugh of Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies Program, for his hard work and great collaboration in developing the case study.

It is our sincere hope that you enjoy and are inspired by the case study highlighting innovative techniques to meet regulatory, community and environmental goals.

We look forward to sharing the next installments of the case study initiative currently in development by our winter quarter graduate research intern, Whitney Smith of the Master of Public Administration Program.  In addition to the case studies, we are continuously growing the resources shared on our website. We’d love to hear your ideas for additional projects to highlight to inspire and keep the PNW at the leading edge of SI development. Thanks for all your great work and we look forward to collaborating with you now and into the future.

Please note: we are working to provide the maximum co-benefits for graduate students and the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure and so are currently re-structuring the program. We would love to hear your ideas for a PNW sustainable infrastructure case study to develop.

To accept a proposal we would need:

1) a well-defined project, that’s shown at least 3 years of success

2) a dedicated point of contact in the agency that administers the project to help with information flow to the graduate student and final review and sign off of the project. Please keep in mind each quarter allows for 10-12 weeks of work time total, so we ideally need to hit the ground running

3) a small stipend for the internship would be appreciated and help the student focus fully on the work.


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