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The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Blog

CSI Maps Wind and Solar Potentials Across Washington State

June 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Energy

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure recently hired a Graduate Research Assistant to investigate the potential for renewable energy generation throughout Washington State. Read on to learn more about the findings and how they will inform our upcoming report, tentatively titled An Infrastructure Excellence & Jobs Strategy for Washington. By Tyson West, Graduate Research Assistant at […]

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Aging Water Infrastructure and Public Health

June 12th, 2018 · No Comments · Water

By Emily Walsh — Community Outreach Director, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Maintaining the quality of our water supplies has always been a pressing issue. From the start of the industrial age, filtering out pollutants and testing drinking water has become a necessary step when supplying water to communities. However, contamination as a result of aging water […]

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Developing Sustainable Strategies through Entropy-Based Resource Management

May 11th, 2018 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

During the development of their mid 1990’s watershed plans, Clark County was challenged by the environmental community to move beyond the construction of highly-engineered detention ponds in favor of developing “holistic, watershed-based solutions that mimic natural systems”.  This article outlines how the county met this challenge, and invigorated its Stormwater Capital Improvement Program, through the […]

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Snohomish PUD Energy Storage Program Generates Insights for Future Grid Management

May 7th, 2018 · No Comments · Energy

By Neil Neroutsos, Media Liaison and Jason Zyskowski, Senior Manager of Planning, Engineering & Technical Services Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) At Snohomish PUD, it’s ingrained in our thinking that we take a long term view in planning for and investing in our energy resources amid a rapidly changing environment. We’re a utility that […]

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New Smart Bioreactor is Designed and Built at Portland State University

April 4th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Waste, Water

A new technique to stimulate specific beneficial bacteria for Phosphorus and Nitrogen removal was developed by Bashar Al-Daomi at PSU’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept. This technology recently won Bashar the final round prize of $5,000 at PSU’s CleanTech Challenge! By Bashar Al-Daomi — Portland State U. PhD Student, Institute for Sustainable Solutions Fellow Wastewater […]

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Institute for Sustainable Solutions Guides City of Portland’s Effort on Disaster Recovery

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

By Christina Williams, Institute for Sustainable Solutions Originally featured on PSU Sustainability Living in the Pacific Northwest means living with the risk of disaster. Major fault lines and climate change-fueled weather scenarios mean that local governments need to operate with seismic, flood and other disaster plans in place. But after the initial emergency response, plans […]

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Green Infrastructure Summit Seeks to turn Cities from #GrayToGreen

March 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Energy, Water

By Stewardship Partners Originally featured in the Stewardship Partners blog Stewardship Partners creates people-based solutions that engage Puget Sound communities as caretakers of the land and water that sustain us. When everyone understands their role, has access to resources, and has a sense of belonging to community, land and water, then positive change happens. Mixing […]

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Systems Improvement Team Groundwork Moving Along in WA

February 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

By Scott Hutsell – Public Works Board Chair The Interagency Multijurisdictional System Improvement Team, established under ESHB 1677, has been meeting on a regular schedule to lay out the framework and strategy to obtain developed outcomes from our strategic plan. The core group is led by the Public Works Board along with members from the […]

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Three Reasons Why Renewable Energy Leaders Are Optimistic

December 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Sneha Ayyagari Schneider Sustainable Energy Fellow Republished with permission from the Natural Resources Defense Council Deep in the heart of Austin, Texas, at the Green Tech Media’s U.S. Power and Renewables Summit, the room was buzzing with optimism and enthusiasm as utility company executives, renewable energy developers, regulators, and financiers shared their research and […]

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How to Build a City That Doesn’t Flood? Turn it Into a Sponge!

December 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Water

By Poornima Apte — Freelance Writer Re-posted with permission from JSTOR Daily Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and […]

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