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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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Clean Water Services: A Public Water Utility Serving the Land

October 6th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Mike Schut — Program Officer at the Laird Norton Family Foundation Language matters; ideas matter—matter so much that they become embodied and show up in the landscape. Visit with the staff of Clean Water Services (CWS), tour a few of their watershed restoration projects, or simply read closely some of their brochures and case […]

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Depave Builds Rain Garden, Solves Flooding Problem at Portland Church

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Water

Written by members of Depave Portland Originally produced October, 2016 Depave promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. They aim to engage communities and reconnect urban landscapes to nature through action-oriented projects, education, advocacy and stewardship. The Portland-based nonprofit has returned more than 50 sites to thriving landscapes, creating […]

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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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