The presentation of research into permeable pavement using Autocase marked the end of Kirstin Richie’s work with us. Kirstin is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. We were sorry to see her go but happy to see her work presented. “The Costs and Benefits of Permeable Pavement at the Neighbourhood Scale – Using Autocase for Sites” was presented […]

The City of Phoenix Green Infrastructure Cost-Benefit Study is now available online. You can access the report here. Given the importance of heat stress in Phoenix, instead of using historical temperatures Autocase incorporated future climate change in to its analysis. “More than 155 people died from heat-related causes in the Phoenix area last year, a new record in a place where the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Funding Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s) share the same challenges, whether it’s China or here in North America. Small projects need to be aggregated to reach the scale required for PPP’s. Large projects struggle to convey that the benefits of outweigh their hefty price tags. “China’s Sponge City Plan (SCP) is estimated to cost $1.5 Trillion (USD) for 657 cities. “China’s SCP […]

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, […]

Green Infrastructure Saves Greenbacks Syracuse’s Onondaga Lake has been badly polluted since the 1800’s. Green infrastructure is cleaning sewer water entering the lake, reducing capital spending, and improving social justice according to a recent summary from “Rooftops to Rivers: Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows” by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The cost of 95 percent total stormwater volume […]

Mr. Trump has promised to drain the Washington swamp. We ran this through Autocase for Green Infrastructure to see what the value is of this “strategy”. We centered the project at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (although we considered running it from Trump’s hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave). But, using the White House as the project site, we find an interesting result that […]