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CSI Update – November 2017
CSI Leads Bipartisan Delegation of WA Elected Officials on Tour of Scandinavia's Sustainable Infrastructure Innovation!
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 so much to get a diverse group... and we did," said Patricia Chase, director of i-SUSTAIN, CSI's core partner in organizing the delegation. "In fact, I rarely knew who was a D and who was an R, which confirmed my belief that our area of focus for this series of delegations is absolutely bipartisan."

Later today, CSI is reconvening the Delegation to begin developing the most promising ideas from the trip for bipartisan collaboration here back at home. Promising themes include: industrial symbiosis, local resources for local prosperity, safe bicycle infrastructure, cross-laminated timber (CLT), and waste-to-resources/circular economy.  READ MORE!
    With Your Help We Raised $20,000 to Support Sustainable Infrastructure Innovation in the Northwest!
    To all who contributed, spoke, or spread the word about CSI's 2nd Annual South Sound Fundraiser Reception... THANK YOU! The event was both great fun and incredibly valuable. We really enjoyed connecting, catching up, and sharing our work with an energized roomful of colleagues and supporters.
    We couldn't have achieved our lofty goal if it weren't for an incredible offer from one of our amazing supporters to match each dollar donated up to our original target of $10,000. And we're extremely grateful to event sponsor and co-organizer, Esther Hardcastle, as well as our supportive team of co-hosts and speakers.
    With your help we plan to continue accelerating Pacific Northwest leadership and innovation, advancing the vision for sustainable, resilient, pragmatic, and affordable infrastructure systems - that are great for the economy, environment, and equity in our local communities!
    CSI & Partners Launch InfraNEXT
    CSI, Portland State University, and Willamette Partnership have received a $257,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration that will help the Northwest become a nationally-recognized infrastructure innovation hub, where infrastructure investment and job skills programs foster economic development and community benefits. 
    The Infra-NEXT team will accelerate innovation in the infrastructure sector in Washington and Oregon by providing technical assistance, research, and development supporting communities with active infrastructure investments on the horizon. The team is also conducting a comprehensive workforce needs assessment that utilities, colleges, and job training programs can use to create the jobs pipeline for sustainable design, construction, maintenance, and leadership jobs of tomorrow.
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    Check out the latest posts from The CSI Blog...

    CSI helps a Seattle grantmaker tour one of the Northwest's most innovative water utilities. Mike Schut of Laird Norton Family Foundation shares their experience with you.
    Learn more from Clean Water Services' innovator extraordinaire, Bruce Roll: "Rethinking Urban Growth at the Landscape Scale"
    Mobilizing community volunteers, this nonprofit transforms pavement-dominated zones into treasured green spaces that also help reduce local flood risks. 
    Todd Litman of Victoria Transport Policy Institute outlines a valuable new tool to help transportation planners ensure investments benefit rather than harm disadvantaged people in the community.
    Angel Ross overviews their new report to help infrastructure decision makers, Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools
    This Washington Tribe received a $1M grant to research the applicability of new technology which may be effective at processing dairy water to improve stream quality.
    CSI in the NEWS:
    See our featured article in CityVision Magazine
    CSI was featured in the September/October issue of CityVision magazine (produced by the Association of Washington Cities). The column, based on our recent water report is titled:
    Smart Spending: How Leaders Can Help Manage Infrastructure Challenges.
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