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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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BIG Solutions for Small Cities

May 5th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Shalini Vajjhala — Founder & CEO of re:focus partners With Earth Day just behind us and Infrastructure Week fast approaching, it seems especially timely and important to celebrate local leadership and innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Our most recent initiative—Build it Green (BIG)—was created with the aim of helping small and medium sized cities tackle […]

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Upcoming Event: WA Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence Best Practices Summit

May 4th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy

On behalf of the Washington Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence, we are pleased to share the full agenda for the 12th Annual Best Practices Summit on June 1 and 2 in the new Centralia College TransAlta Commons building. We have an exciting venue lined up ranging from Mark Taylor an expert on Multi-Generations […]

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Sustainable Energy Utilities and ESCO Financing Can Save Money and Reduce Carbon Footprints

May 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Kathleen Saul – Master of Environmental Studies Faculty at The Evergreen State College “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.”   —Will Rogers William Penn Adair, aka Will Rogers, lived at a time before the spread of electric lights, before highways criss-crossed […]

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Transforming Our Vulnerable Water Infrastructure

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Rhys Roth, Director, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Face it: Most of us take water infrastructure for granted. When we shower, flush, turn on the tap, or dodge the rain, we rarely give a second thought to the vast network of pipes, pumps, and treatment facilities that lie behind the water tap, the toilet, and […]

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UW’s Sustainability Studios Course Offers Model for Innovative Experiential Learning

April 13th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Sara Brostrom – University of Washington Program on the Environment I got the chance to teach my dream course this winter! ENVIR 480: Sustainability Studios is an experiential learning course offered every quarter at the University of Washington. The theme changes each quarter in response to student interest and partnerships on the University of […]

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Attend the Upcoming Low-carbon Space Heating Symposium at the UW Seattle Campus

April 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Scott Morgan – Director of Sustainability at The Evergreen State College Natural gas has been actively promoted as a ‘transition’ fuel in our national climate change work, and it’s certainly one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels. But the Puget Sound region has used natural gas for heating for decades, and many institutions with […]

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