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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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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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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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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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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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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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