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Entries from November 29th, 2016

Climate Collaborative Maps Portland Heat Islands: Informing Infrastructure Approaches to Extreme Heat

November 29th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Fletcher Beaudoin and Vivek Shandas Assistant Director at PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions (Fletcher, left), Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, and Research Director for PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions (Vivek, right). Portland, Oregon, probably isn’t the first place you think of when the term “heat island” comes up. Rain? Yes. Heat? No. What […]

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VW Settlement to Charge Up State’s EV Infrastructure

November 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Transportation

By Anthony Buckley  – Innovative Partnerships Program Washington State Department of Transportation Washington State is in line to receive at least $104 million from a $14.7 billion settlement of lawsuits filed against Volkswagen companies (VW) for violations of the Clean Air Act for selling approximately 500,000 vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines equipped with computer software […]

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Sustainable and Resilient: CSI Collaborates with AWC’s CityVision Magazine

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) advocates for the interests of local city governments in the Washington State legislature and has connections with the CSI-convened Future of Washington Infrastructure group. AWC publishes CityVision, a magazine whose intended readership consists of folks working in local governments throughout the state. CityVision’s September/October issue focuses entirely on sustainable […]

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Energy Efficiency and the Promise of a Carbon-Free Grid

November 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Energy

By Sean O’Leary – NW Energy Coalition If “energy efficiency” were a brand, it would have to fire its advertising agency and hire a new one because, compared to wind, solar, and other renewable resources, energy efficiency is almost invisible. That’s partly because, while wind and solar offer spectacular visuals of turbine-dotted horizons and acres of […]

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Urban Forest Carbon Registry Works to Create New Revenue for City Trees

November 8th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Waste, Water

By Mark McPherson  – Executive Director of the Seattle-based Urban Forest Carbon Registry A key component of sustainable urban infrastructure is so-called green infrastructure – the natural systems that provide utility services like storm water retention, cooling in hot weather, and air quality improvements.  Trees are among the most important, and often overlooked components of […]

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Recap of the 2016 Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council’s Conference

November 1st, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

by Cathi Read – Program Manager for the Small Communities Initiative, Washington State Department of Commerce IACC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Washington communities identify and obtain resources they need to develop, improve, and maintain infrastructure. IACC consists of staff from state, federal, and tribal agencies, local government associations, and nonprofit technical assistance […]

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