Clients Talking about the Impacts of Participating in i-SUSTAIN Professional Research Delegations

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Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin

Private Utility Owner Stan Gent

Portland Planning and Sustainability Director Lisa Libby

Seattle Planning Director Marshall Foster

Portland Director of Transportation Tom Miller

Seattle Climate and Energy Advisor Jayson Antonoff

Commercial Real Estate Developer Jim Mueller

Commercial Real Estate Developer Sharon Coleman

Architect Richard Franko

Architect Duane Jonlin

Civil Engineer Dave Rodgers

Landscape Architect Guy Michaelsen

University of Washington Research Professor Heather Burpee

Public Housing Project Manager Anne Fiske Zuniga

City of Bellevue


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Perhaps because Copenhagen and Seattle have so much in common, people from one city typically feel at home in the other. Copenhagen has a population of 540,000 while Seattle has a population of 609,000. Income per capita in Copenhagen is $32,000 plus a variety of benefits provided by the government including free medical, free education through PhD, and free dentistry for children. Per capita income in Seattle is $36,000. Summers in both cities are defined by long, luxurious, temperate days while winters, though generally not harsh, are cold and dark.

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Solid Waste Management Comparison

While Seattle considers itself to be a world leader in waste management, the truth is that the city recycles about half of its waste, not including construction and demolition waste, while sending the rest almost 300 miles away to be landfilled in Oregon. In comparison, Copenhagen, with a similar population size, landfills less than 3% of its waste which includes construction and demolition waste, and processes all waste within seven miles of the city center. In addition, Copenhagen gets electricity and heat from its waste through clean, efficient waste to energy plants. Copenhagen’s system is 20 times more efficient than Seattle’s, in terms of energy and waste footprint. Read the executive summary, or download the whole presentation/analysis below.

Solid Waste Management Comparison, Executive Summary Solid Waste Management Comparison, Entire Presentation/Analysis

A Tale of Two Cities’ Growth Strategies: Seattle and Copenhagen

Seattle and Copenhagen share much in common. Both cities have approximately the same population, and continue to attract new residents. Both cities want growth to occur through densification rather than sprawl. This paper shows that Copenhagen is much more flexible when it comes to accommodating growth, and that Seattle may need to make some shifts in policy to provide for more growth within the urban core. CLIENT: VULCAN, INC. (Real Estate Developer)
Seattle Copenhagen Growth Strategies

Count Me In: Tools for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Cities need to make it obvious that bicycles are welcome. World class bicycle infrastructure, which separates bicyclists from cars, is the most important piece. However, cities can enhance the bicycling experience through technology, such as bicycle counters, which not only gather data about bicyclists, but have eye-catching displays to show bicyclists they are being noticed and tracked. Many European cities have already installed these type of bicycle counters. This report provides detailed information on bicycle counters and other technologies that enhance the experience of bicyclists and pedestrians. CLIENT: Seattle Dept. of Transportation
Count Me In: Tools for Pedestrians and Bicyclists