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Entries Tagged as 'green infrastructure'

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kitsap County Combines Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure with Beautiful New Community Gathering Space

August 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Water

Check out this amazing video featuring the time-lapse construction process for a Puget Sound community’s innovative new stormwater park! The park features an eye-catching spiral “nautilus” design, 4 interconnected green stormwater solution (GSS) treatment cells, and 18 distribution channels to uniformly distribute incoming water to the 4 cells. The GSS cells are made up of […]

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Decision Making Without All the Data: Challenges in Building Long-Term Water Security

July 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Water

Interview with Charlie Ester – Salt River Project *Intro by Kimerly Wiltshire – Carpe Diem West Re-posted with permission: Carpe Diem West  guides an innovation network of diverse leaders working to address the effects of climate change and create water security solutions for people and the environment of the American West.  “VUCA” – volatility, uncertainty, complexity […]

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Clean and Safe Drinking Water Starts Upstream

June 1st, 2016 · No Comments · Water

By Cathy Kellon – Geos Institute Working Waters Director Being a municipal water manager is a difficult job and climate change is making it even more so. Ask anyone who actually has that job and they will tell you. Tasked with ensuring adequate supplies of clean drinking water, water managers have had to deal with the […]

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