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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-Damoi 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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Green Infrastructure Summit Seeks to turn Cities from #GrayToGreen

March 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Energy, Water

By Stewardship Partners Originally featured in the Stewardship Partners blog Stewardship Partners creates people-based solutions that engage Puget Sound communities as caretakers of the land and water that sustain us. When everyone understands their role, has access to resources, and has a sense of belonging to community, land and water, then positive change happens. Mixing […]

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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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How to Build a City That Doesn’t Flood? Turn it Into a Sponge!

December 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Water

By Poornima Apte — Freelance Writer Re-posted with permission from JSTOR Daily Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and […]

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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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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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Depave Builds Rain Garden, Solves Flooding Problem at Portland Church

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Water

Written by members of Depave Portland Originally produced October, 2016 Depave promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. They aim to engage communities and reconnect urban landscapes to nature through action-oriented projects, education, advocacy and stewardship. The Portland-based nonprofit has returned more than 50 sites to thriving landscapes, creating […]

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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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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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