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The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Blog

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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How We Can Turn Railroads into a Climate Solution

March 24th, 2017 · 2 Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Transportation

By Patrick Mazza – Article originally featured on Grist Railroads have become a nexus of controversy in recent years due to their role in transporting climate-twisting fossil fuels. But they could become a locomotive driving the growth of clean energy. That is the aim of a new proposal to electrify railroads, run them on renewable […]

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Infrastructure Reform Advances in the Washington State legislature

February 22nd, 2017 · 2 Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Ted Sturdevant – Center for Sustainable Infrastructure First-of-its-kind legislation incorporating the new infrastructure investment tools promoted by CSI is advancing early in the 2017 Washington Legislature. Northwest infrastructure agencies and utilities spend billions of dollars on our behalf every year to operate, maintain, and rebuild vital infrastructure. These water, transportation, energy, and waste cycling […]

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The Water-Energy Nexus is the Next Big Thing: Three Case Studies from CodeInnovations.org

February 18th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Water

By Chris van Daalen – Principal Investigator at The Code Innovations Database Whether we’re talking people, ecosystems or the economy, what they say is true:  Water is Life.  From lead-polluted drinking water in Flint Michigan, to a moratorium on building in Whatcom County, Washington, it’s painfully clear how dependent all of us are on water […]

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Green Power Partnership in Higher Education

February 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Rhianna Hruska – The Evergreen State College In 2005, the student-driven clean energy campaign advocated for the creation of a green fee to fully cover renewable energy credits for The Evergreen State College.  A poll was sent to all students, and of the 28% that voted, 91% voted yes on paying for a campus […]

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Portland’s Jade District: One Neighborhood’s Lens on a New Infrastructure Vision

January 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Duncan Hwang  – Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) As the Northwest’s water infrastructure continues to evolve, how might changes at the industry level impact people on the neighborhood level? The Jade District, located in Southeast Portland, can serve as an excellent example. It is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the […]

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Refocusing the National Discussion about Infrastructure

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

CSI Director, Rhys Roth recently collaborated with CSI Advisor Craig Partridge to assist Michael Zimmerman (Evergreen‘s Vice President of Academic Affairs) on a piece for the Huffington Post titled, Refocusing the National Discussion about Infrastructure: Building a Sustainable Future. The piece argues that the debate about federal funding for infrastructure needs to recognize that “innovation […]

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Climate Collaborative Maps Portland Heat Islands: Informing Infrastructure Approaches to Extreme Heat

November 29th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Fletcher Beaudoin and Vivek Shandas Assistant Director at PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions (Fletcher, left), Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, and Research Director for PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions (Vivek, right). Portland, Oregon, probably isn’t the first place you think of when the term “heat island” comes up. Rain? Yes. Heat? No. What […]

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VW Settlement to Charge Up State’s EV Infrastructure

November 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Transportation

By Anthony Buckley  – Innovative Partnerships Program Washington State Department of Transportation Washington State is in line to receive at least $104 million from a $14.7 billion settlement of lawsuits filed against Volkswagen companies (VW) for violations of the Clean Air Act for selling approximately 500,000 vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines equipped with computer software […]

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Sustainable and Resilient: CSI Collaborates with AWC’s CityVision Magazine

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) advocates for the interests of local city governments in the Washington State legislature and has connections with the CSI-convened Future of Washington Infrastructure group. AWC publishes CityVision, a magazine whose intended readership consists of folks working in local governments throughout the state. CityVision’s September/October issue focuses entirely on sustainable […]

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