The City of Phoenix wanted to weigh up the broader costs and benefits of implementing various Low Impact Development (LID) features across the city to help inform capital planning going forward. To do this, they enlisted the help of Stantec, Autocase, and Watershed Management Group (WMG) to perform a triple bottom line cost benefit analysis (TBL-CBA). Using Autocase’s online TBL-CBA […]

  How should engineers and builders get involved in their client’s evaluation of sustainable design alternatives? With a range of approaches to consider, how can the lifetime value be measured in a way that helps prioritize options, justify choices and communicate value to all stakeholders? How do new P3 financing models incorporate more sustainable investments? Join ASCE for this presentation from […]

Back in 2015, it came to our attention that Moody’s had evaluated the effect of flood reduction efforts on municipal debt levels and tax bases in Virginia’s Hampton Roads metropolitan region. Moody’s Investors Service noted that “Coastal cities in southeastern Virginia’s Hampton Roads region are becoming more vulnerable to flooding risk caused by weather-related and tidal flooding, and will require […]

One of the most highly-attended sessions at GreenBuild 2017, entitled “Cost-Justifying Green Buildings to Skeptics”, was moderated by Emma Stewart, USGBC Director and Chair of the Advisory Council, with presentations by Anthony Bernheim of The Allen Group, LLC,  responsible for program management at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 1, and Jack Rizzo, a Managing Director at Prologis responsible for development […]

On June 1st 2017, the news was that “383 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals”. These mayors represent 68 million Americans. Here is but one example. The Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted resolutions “which state that County government will align its operational efforts to meet the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on […]

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 […]

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, […]

Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) provides infrastructure decision-makers with information on what to build, how to design, build, and finance a project and how to prioritize when funds are scarce. What more could we ask from this over 100-year old tool? As we rush headlong towards possible infrastructure asset sales, public private partnerships, tax credit incentives, and other get-someone-rich-quick schemes we […]

Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) provides infrastructure decision-makers with information on what to build, how to design, build, and finance a project and how to prioritize when funds are scarce. What more could we ask from this over 100-year old tool? As we rush headlong towards possible infrastructure asset sales, public private partnerships, tax credit incentives, and other get-someone-rich-quick schemes we […]