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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-Damoi 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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Solar Energy Boosts Affordable Housing in Seattle

November 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Spark Northwest (formerly Northwest SEED) Spark Northwest accelerates the shift to clean energy one community at a time. Since 2001, their on-the-ground projects and progressive advocacy have led the charge toward a renewable energy future. Whether working with rural farmers to deliver energy efficiency workshops, designing a community solar program for a municipal utility, […]

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All Systems Can Go: Do You Risk Losing Critical Information When Staff Retire?

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Tyler Vick, Principal at FLO Analytics A version of this article was originally featured in CityVision Magazine Take a minute to think about the staff at your organization with the most experience and expertise. Do you rely on them to provide context for projects and historic knowledge about key assets? Are they your go-to […]

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CSI Leads Bipartisan Delegation on Tour of Scandinavia’s Sustainable Infrastructure Innovation

November 14th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

More than a dozen Washington State elected officials joined a bipartisan Delegation in September touring Sweden and Denmark to learn about sustainable infrastructure innovation. Co-led by CSI, participating legislators came from the East and West sides of the state, from both rural and urban areas, and were almost perfectly divided along party lines. “We wanted […]

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New Health Equity Tools Can Aid Public Sector Decision Makers

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Ángel Ross, Research Associate at PolicyLink The following article article is excerpted from Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools: 10 Design Principles. This report was produced by Ecotrust and PolicyLink. It aims to strengthen community-driven efforts to achieve health equity by improving the online data tools that make health equity data readily […]

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