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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-Daomi 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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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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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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Stillaguamish Tribe Receives $1 Million Grant to Research Omni-Processor Technology

August 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Waste, Water

By Christopher Andersson, North County Outlook Re-posted with permission from North County Outlook The Stillaguamish Tribe received a national $1 million grant this month to research the applicability of a machine that could process dairy water to improve stream quality. The Tribe was the lone Washington state recipient of the Conservation Innovation Grant from the […]

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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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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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Urban Forest Carbon Registry Works to Create New Revenue for City Trees

November 8th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Waste, Water

By Mark McPherson  – Executive Director of the Seattle-based Urban Forest Carbon Registry A key component of sustainable urban infrastructure is so-called green infrastructure – the natural systems that provide utility services like storm water retention, cooling in hot weather, and air quality improvements.  Trees are among the most important, and often overlooked components of […]

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Beneath the Smart City: Underground Infrastructure Mapping Launches in Chicago

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Waste, Water

By Sean Thornton – Program Advisor, Ash Center’s Civic Analytics Network Reposted from Harvard.edu’s Data-Smart Solutions It’s five minutes into your morning commute, and whether you’re driving, biking, or walking, you can see them in the distance: orange cones, cordoning off large sections of a busy city street. Within their perimeter are jackhammer-wielding construction crews tearing up […]

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Household Use of Biogas Systems in the Developing World

May 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Energy, Waste

By Shangrila Joshi Wynn Faculty, Master of Environmental Studies A few years ago I started a research project examining on-the-ground implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a market-based climate mitigation initiative focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously contributing to local sustainable development in developing countries. Research on CDM in Nepal led me to […]

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