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It’s not easy selling green (infrastructure)

By Abby Crisostomo Kirsten Bjork and Bill Brown purchased their first home in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in May 2012, and like many first-time homeowners, they immediately started dreaming about home improvements. When they received a postcard from the Metropolitan … Continue reading

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Stormwater lessons from Southern California – Performance Assessment

This is the third in a three part series by MPC research assistant Matt Nichols. As explained previously in the first and second installments of this series, southern California regulations now require that all new construction and major renovations incorporate … Continue reading

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Stormwater lessons from Southern California – Introduction

This is the first in a three part series by MPC research assistant Matt Nichols. Considering their very different climates and histories, southern California might seem like an odd source of inspiration for the Midwest when it comes to innovative … Continue reading

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Green infrastructure: A cost-effective alternative to traditional water management

By Lauren Contorno Did you know the EPA estimates the cost of upgrading sewage systems across the country at $390 billion over the next two decades? It’s common for municipal sewage systems to have combined pipe systems to handle sanitary … Continue reading

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Seizing the Rain in Blue Island

By Matt Nichols You don’t have to be an expert in stormwater management to make improvements that can help prevent flooding in your neighborhood. With assistance from a slew of project partners who have diverse expertise and missions, the City … Continue reading

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This is what 100-year-old pipes look like

By Josh Ellis As a I rode into work the other day on State Street, I noticed several large holes in the street, lots of large equipment, and plenty of workers diligently digging up some of Chicago’s thousands upon thousands … Continue reading

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You Get What You Pay For: Emerging Solutions to Common Resource Problems

By Matt Harrison Climate change and resource depletion threaten the security and vitality of communities across the nation. Many areas face dwindling water supplies and urban sprawl that consumes rural land and natural resources. The term “ecosystem services” describes the … Continue reading

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