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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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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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Michael Singer Shares his Vision for Integrated, Community-focused Infrastructure Systems

July 14th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

By Nancy Rutledge Connery, longtime infrastructure renewal advocate This Spring, CSI jumped at the opportunity to host groundbreaking artist and designer, Michael Singer at the Olympia Center, where he shared with us his unique aesthetic vision for beautiful, integrated infrastructure systems that provide multiple community benefits to local residents. Thank you Nancy for bringing Michael […]

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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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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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