CHANGING THE WORLD REQUIRES A NEW WAY OF THINKING (AND DOING).
Join Us: Let's Build a Thriving PNW Future - Together
HOW CSI IS BUILDING THE THRIVING FUTURE
WE BUILD GOOD
POLICY + BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE COMMITMENT
Leaders across the world recognize that we can't stick with old infrastructure solutions that lock us into costly and unhealthy outcomes.
They know there's an opportunity to rethink infrastructure and embrace pragmatic and innovative, value-generating solutions to our massive public works challenges.
By working together we can create stronger, healthier and more resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest, and chart a course to sustainable prosperity that others can follow.
INNOVATION LAB: HELPING COMMUNITIES & REGIONS EMBRACE SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
CSI provides local infrastructure decision-makers with proven tools and cutting-edge expertise to develop innovative, locally tailored solutions that deliver bigger, broader community benefits through smarter infrastructure investments.
WE CREATE VISIONARY
BLUEPRINTS TO GUIDE THE PNW FORWARD
Working with Pacific Northwest thought leaders, CSI's “5 Big Goals by 2040” reports comprehensively chart a transformative but pragmatic 20-year vision that reimagines Pacific Northwest infrastructure investment.
Check Out CSI's new report: From Waste Management to Clean Materials
Why Sustainable Infrastructure Matters
Quality infrastructure matters to every community, in every part of the Pacific Northwest. It's the backbone of our local economies and shapes much of our daily lives – providing us with clean water and air, effective transportation and communication, heat and power for home, work and industry, and more.
While infrastructure enables these essential services, it also constrains what is possible. Today’s technologies might allow for carbon-free transportation, or lower cost wastewater treatment plants that become community value centers, but too often our infrastructure precludes these better outcomes. Because most infrastructure is built to last decades, the design choices we make today lock us into many years of possibility or constraint.
We spend billions of dollars every year to operate, maintain, rebuild and expand these essential systems - it's time we ensure these investment decisions work better for all communities, and contribute to a future of sustained, broadly shared prosperity.
CSI is the trusted Pacific Northwest-based non-profit with a mission to catalyze state-of-the-art sustainable infrastructure solutions that help communities of every kind thrive economically, socially and environmentally.
CSI is uniquely positioned to help decision makers re-imagine and re-direct the billions we invest in our infrastructure to deliver much more community value.
Our powerful proposition: Pivoting to sustainable infrastructure is one of the biggest levers we have to tackle our toughest challenges – from climate change to inequitable prosperity to crippling cultural divisions – and together build a thriving future for communities of every kind.
BUILDING THRIVING COMMUNITIES THROUGH SMARTER INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING
REBUILDING COMMUNITY TRUST
AND A HEALTHY FUTURE
Nan Mckay, CSI Board Chair
“We face an infrastructure crisis in the United States with a long list of aging systems. The Center, through its work with regional and national thought leaders, is positioned to ask critical questions and propose timely solutions.”
Jesse Berst, Chairman Smart Cities Council
“We can't fix our planet unless we fix our cities and our infrastructure. That's why the work of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure is so important. Over the next 20 years, we have no choice but to upgrade or replace much of our current infrastructure, because it's beyond its design life. If we do it correctly -- if we upgrade to smart infrastructure -- these changes will be the foundation for our future prosperity. If we do it wrong -- if we simply install 20th-century gear -- we'll be trapped in the past, since it may be another 50 years before it is due for another renewal.”
Sen. Lisa Wellman, Washington State
“Reimagining infrastructure to align with 21st Century realities addresses the most fundamental drivers of economic development in an intelligent, comprehensive and meaningful way.”