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The Tree For All Journey: Rethinking Urban Growth at the Landscape Scale

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Bruce Roll, Director of Watershed Management for Clean Water Services & Clean Water Institute Re-posted with permission from The Nature of Cities. Facing the ecological dilemma created by urban growth and climate events means moving from pilot projects to landscape-scale conservation. It’s a beautiful spring day as I sit on the bank of Fanno Creek […]

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Transportation for Everyone: A New Accessibility Rating System

August 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Transportation

By Todd Litman, Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute Re-posted with permission from Planetizen Todd Litman, an Evergreen Master of Environmental Studies graduate, is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps to expand the range […]

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Stillaguamish Tribe Receives $1 Million Grant to Research Omni-Processor Technology

August 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Waste, Water

By Christopher Andersson, North County Outlook Re-posted with permission from North County Outlook The Stillaguamish Tribe received a national $1 million grant this month to research the applicability of a machine that could process dairy water to improve stream quality. The Tribe was the lone Washington state recipient of the Conservation Innovation Grant from the […]

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Sovereign Power Brings Solar Jobs and Renewable Energy to the Spokane Tribe

July 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Jason Campbell, CEO of Sovereign Power, Inc. Working with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and others, Sovereign Power is “building self-sustaining native nations through energy independence”. Recently this exciting work was featured as a front-page story in Eastern Washington’s top weekly newspaper, The Inlander. To learn more about Sovereign Power’s great work, please check […]

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By Bullet Train From Portland to Seattle to Vancouver, BC? Feasibility Study Underway

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Transportation

By Tom Banse, Regional Correspondent for NW News Network — Re-posted with permission from NWNN With an assist from Microsoft, Washington state’s Department of Transportation has launched a feasibility study of bullet train service in Cascadia. Late this spring, the Washington Legislature budgeted $300,000 for a study of what it would take to connect the […]

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Michael Singer Shares his Vision for Integrated, Community-focused Infrastructure Systems

July 14th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Nancy Rutledge Connery, longtime infrastructure renewal advocate This Spring, CSI jumped at the opportunity to host groundbreaking artist and designer, Michael Singer at the Olympia Center, where he shared with us his unique aesthetic vision for beautiful, integrated infrastructure systems that provide multiple community benefits to local residents. Thank you Nancy for bringing Michael […]

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Crossing the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Investing

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

This summary was produced for the CSI Blog by Mercer Thanks to Alex Bernhardt and Shounak Bagchi! The world today is in dire need of sustainable infrastructure (SI), most notably in developing and emerging markets. As the global population continues to grow, the need for sustainable infrastructure grows with it. The New Climate Economy estimates […]

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Stormwater Management: Lessons from Our Forests

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Water

By Alexandra Ramsden and Jennifer Barnes Reposted with permission from the Sightline Institute. A new report from the Urban Greenprint project recommends biomimicry-inspired design elements for Northwest cities to wrangle their rainfall! Take a moment to recall your last hike through a Pacific Northwest forest. Maybe close your eyes, listen for the quiet of such […]

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Working With the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Water

 By Carrie Sanneman, Program Manager for Willamette Partership Willamette Partnership is a conservation non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. At the Partnership, we envision a world in which people create resilient ecosystems, healthy communities, and vibrant economies by investing in nature. Since 2004, we have been a regional source for innovative conservation solutions that work for […]

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CSI Helps City of Olympia Reimagine $14M Project

May 24th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Transportation

By Sophie Stimson, Senior Planner at the City of Olympia The City of Olympia was facing a $14 million road project to widen Fones Road. Recently, members of the public started to question the scope of the project. While it included bike lanes and sidewalks, they viewed the road widening as inconsistent with the City’s […]

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