Environmental Sustainability

The Reimagining of FDR Park: The Economic Impact and Return on Environmental Resiliency

November 15, 2023 / Comments Off on The Reimagining of FDR Park: The Economic Impact and Return on Environmental Resiliency

In 2022, the Fairmount Park Conservancy commissioned Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI) to conduct an economic impact analysis on FDR Park, which included quantifying the environmental and health/recreation benefits. FDR Park, a 348 acre public space in South Philadelphia has been used in a variety of ways throughout its century-long history. In 2021, the Fairmount Park […]

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The Economic, Environmental and Public Health Impacts of the Trans Canada Trail

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on The Economic, Environmental and Public Health Impacts of the Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is a vast network of recreational trails that spans 28,000 kilometers across Canada. ESI’s assessment of the Trans Canada Trail outlines the economic and environmental benefits of the network and emphasizes its impact on the local surrounding communities who have much to gain from use of the trails. Overall, the network […]

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Building Climate Resilience Index: An Update on our Methodology

August 18, 2023 / Comments Off on Building Climate Resilience Index: An Update on our Methodology

Continuing our research  in developing a climate resilience index, we have further refined our methodology to gauge nine cities on their sustainability and progress in adopting eco-friendly practices. This index is comprised of 30 metrics across four categories (Environment, Economy, Infrastructure, and Social) and pulls from a wide range of data to evaluate each city’s performance. […]

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Understanding the Historic and Future Impact of the Delaware Canal

July 14, 2023 / Comments Off on Understanding the Historic and Future Impact of the Delaware Canal

In a post pandemic world, lifestyle changes are evidently clear. One of the most notable is a renewed appreciation for our natural resources. This attention has helped to spark interest in assets like the Delaware Canal. The Canal is a national historic landmark, as well as a national trail, a state park, the first greenway […]

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A Delaware Canal for the 21st Century

June 23, 2023 / Comments Off on A Delaware Canal for the 21st Century

The Delaware Canal, a historically significant, defunct industrial canal system, ties together multiple jurisdictions having shared challenges with the 190-year-old, dilapidated infrastructure. Following three consecutive years of devastating flooding of the adjacent Delaware River, critical obstacles to repairing flood damage came into sharp relief—as did an opportunity to develop a resilient stormwater management infrastructure improvement, […]

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Anjana Balaji

June 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Anjana Balaji

Anjana Balaji is an analyst at Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI). She earned her Master’s in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2023 and earned her Bachelor’s in economics from Stella Maris College in 2020. Previously, she worked as a research assistant with ESI. Ms. Balaji’s interests include sustainable development and global renewable energy policies.

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