Too often infrastructure discourse is focused on the financials of a project. Discussion forms around jobs created, capital spent, or payback periods while missing the main objective of infrastructure: providing value to society. This is a reminder to designers and developers of infrastructure that what we the public want is infrastructure for the public good. “The Higher Standard: Triple bottom line decision making for infrastructure” by John Parker and Derek Ensing Impact Infrastructure, American […]

I rather frivolously, whimsically, and very non-rigorously calculate a value of $16,000 of free parking benefit per mile (per year) of bike lane. Autocase for Buildings has a Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) for bicycle infrastructure. If you are interested in bike infrastrcture, you might want to attend American Public Works Association webinar “Bicycle Infrastructure – Where the Rubber […]

A reminder that ArtWorkX will be taking place at Mississauga Celebration Square on Saturday May 27th, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, with some documentary screenings extending beyond this time. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here or email stormwater@mississauga.ca . In a previous post, a guest Blog by Victoria Kramkowski, Stormwater Charge Program Coordinator for the […]

Indoor Environmental Quality, or IEQ, refers to “the quality of a building’s environment in relation to the health and well-being of those who occupy space within it.”[1] We have developed a method to monetizing the intangible benefits to employees from investing in the improved indoor environmental quality of a work space. How do you measure the impact of improved IEQ? Photo of Impact […]

The Copenhagen Consensus strikes again. In the Boston Globe recently, the intrepid Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) wielding economists took on the problem that is Haiti. Shamelessly valuing human life, climate and making trade-offs regarding disparate and seemingly incomparable goals. “In more than 40 new research papers, … researchers have covered everything from improving broadband access, rebuilding the […]

Guest Blog by Victoria Kramkowski, Stormwater Charge Program Coordinator, City of Mississauga The infrastructure that supports us, keeps us safe and keeps our city moving may be important, but it’s also invisible to most people. Some infrastructure – like storm sewers, wastewater pipes or parking – is literally hidden from view underground. Other infrastructure – like roads, sidewalks, stormwater ponds or […]

I went to a lecture recently by Professor Emeritus Robert Cervero of the University of Berkeley at the University of Toronto as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at University of Toronto. His specialty is sustainable transportation policy and planning and his focus in the lecture was NMT – non-motorized transport. His […]

We’d love your input. Help us understand the barriers to green infrastructure by following this link to a quick questionnaire. We are working with Kirstin Newfield a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto on “Disciplinary Perspectives on Low-Impact Development”. Kirstin is researching: how the multidisciplinary nature of Low-Impact Development (LID) design affects the implementation and effectiveness of LID technologies; and, […]

ASCE – The American Society of Civil Engineers – has released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. America’s infrastructure scores a D+[1]. The ASCE wants to make America’s infrastructure great again. The ASCE does the ranking based on 8 criteria: Capacity; Condition; Funding; Future Need; Operation and Maintenance; Public Safety; Resilience; and Innovation. How would the ASCE handle a case where Capacity […]