Environmental Sustainability

Building Resilience in a Disaster-Prone Island

September 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Building Resilience in a Disaster-Prone Island

The recent high costs associated with recovering from major natural disasters across the globe underscore the need to invest in and strengthen economic and social resilience within communities. Resilience enables communities to development mechanisms to protect against harmful shocks and stressors and therefore recover faster in the aftermath of a disaster. Resilience can be improved […]

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Building Community Resilience: A Framework from Development Economics

July 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Building Community Resilience: A Framework from Development Economics

Building Resilience The global pandemic has been described as similar to a natural disaster, only hitting every place every day for months on end. The analogy is terrifying but apt. It also hints at a helpful perspective for building resilience. Resilience. That’s a word we’ve heard a lot lately, as applied to our cities, our […]

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The Economic Impact of Green City, Clean Waters: The First Five Years

June 4, 2019 / Comments Off on The Economic Impact of Green City, Clean Waters: The First Five Years

ESI was commissioned by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia to articulate the local economic impact of Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), an ambitious initiative of the Philadelphia Water Department that seeks to invest in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects throughout the City of Philadelphia. GCCW fulfills federally established water quality requirements in ways […]

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The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, PA

May 22, 2019 / Comments Off on The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, PA

ESI was commissioned by the Natural Lands Trust, the Chester County Planning Commission and a coalition of funders and business leadership to update a 2010 report on the economic value of open space in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Since the original report, the amount of protected open space has increased significantly to 208.01 square miles. Our […]

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Quantifying the Impact of Completing the East Coast Greenway in the Delaware River Watershed

April 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Quantifying the Impact of Completing the East Coast Greenway in the Delaware River Watershed

ESI, in partnership with NV5, was retained by the East Coast Greenway Alliance to produce a report assessing the impact of completing the East Coast Greenway in the Delaware River Watershed. The East Coast Greenway is developing into one of the nation’s longest continuous biking and walking paths, connecting 15 states and 450 communities from […]

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Sustainable Cities Take the Lead

September 29, 2017 / Comments Off on Sustainable Cities Take the Lead

Mayors across the country know that the keys to global sustainability lie with the citizens they serve. They are devoting their time and energy to ensuring that their cities remain committed to lowering emissions, decreasing energy usage, greening neighborhoods and capturing rain water where it falls.

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