Through our Innovation Lab, CSI brings local infrastructure decision-makers proven tools and expertise to develop innovative, locally tailored solutions that deliver bigger, broader community benefits through smarter infrastructure investments.
CSI brings a new portfolio of practical tools to our critical infrastructure investment decisions. Infrastructure exists to provide essential community services. Our projects are tailored to suit the unique needs and capacities of each community. We help define core community values and goals and then translate these into performance metrics.
Our projects and blueprints aim to maximize performance across these metrics and are evaluated based on actual performance. We learn as we go and continually improve so that over time new projects are designed to perform better and better. We pay attention to and share demonstration projects and successful models to export best practices and spur innovation.
City of Pasco: Process Water Reuse Facility
Symbiosis for Food Processing
Food processing is a critical part of the ag economy, with
a strong cluster in Pasco. The City of Pasco treats
wastewater from major food processors, but its
infrastructure is outdated and at its capacity limit,
hampering further growth in the industry.
New businesses like Darigold and other processors want
to use the facility too, while regulators are requiring
additional nitrogen removal to protect groundwater,
leaving the City and processors in a pinch. CSI worked
with the City to explore alternative treatment and value
recovery options, and recommended anaerobic digestion
to make fuel from wastewater, and algae to then remove
the nitrogen before irrigating high-value crops and
generating revenue for the City.
Innovation Lab Projects
We view each collaborative opportunity as a chance to build mutual understanding and trust, to make big things possible now and in the future.
Over and over we see it –when humans come together under the right circumstances and connect with trust, we're capable of overcoming any number of ideological or cultural differences in search of common solutions. And what's more common than the desire for lasting quality of life?