Capabilities

Our deep expertise in urban sustainability solutions has been commissioned by a wide range of governments, advocates, policy makers, and community groups. Our capabilities include urban planning, sustainability strategies, policy, spatial analysis, eco district design, metrics and indicators, web tool design, and community outreach.

Featured Work

Urban Opportunity Agenda

The Urban Opportunity Agenda gives civic leaders tools to choose investments that reduce poverty, create economic opportunity, and build stronger cities.

 

Memphis Blueprint for Prosperity

Client: Mayor A C Wharton

We designed economic development strategies for Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s Blueprint for Prosperity, which aims to reduce poverty in Memphis by 10% in ten years.

 

Right Size Parking Calculator

Client: King County, Washington

The King County Right Size Parking Calculator provides estimated parking/unit ratios for multi-family developments throughout urban areas of Seattle’s county.

 

Location Affordability Index

Client: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation

In 2013, HUD and DOT announced the launch of the Location Affordability Index, a web-based tool that estimates the cost of housing and transportation based on location.

 

Green Infrastructure Valuation in Lancaster

Client: City of Lancaster, PA funded by the EPA

Green infrastructure is a network of decentralized stormwater management practices, such as green roofs, trees, rain gardens and permeable pavement, that can capture and infiltrate rain where it falls, reducing stormwater runoff and improving the health of surrounding waterways.

 

Phoenix EcoDistrict

Client: City of Phoenix

Working with prime contractor Duany Plater-Zyberk, we developed an EcoDistrict plan for financing and building infrastructure to support transit zones throughout the city for the Reinvent Phoenix project.

 

Amtrak Downeaster: Overview of Projected Economic Impacts

Client: Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

In 2008, the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) commissioned us to evaluate the economic impacts of existing and expanded rail service in Maine and New Hampshire.

 

Green TIME Zone

Client: In partnerhip with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers

The southern suburbs of Chicago grew up in the nineteenth century with a dual identity: as residential communities from which people rode the train to downtown jobs and as industrial centers that rose around the nexus of the nation’s freight rail network.

 

BUILT in Cleveland

Client: Ohio Governor's office funded by Living Cities

As part of the Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Transit (BUILT) In Ohio partnership with the Office of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and leaders in each of the three regions, we explored the impact of recent urban development patterns and identified key market opportunities in transit-oriented development and cargo-oriented development that will keep each region economically competitive.

 

Chicago Climate Action Plan

Client: City of Chicago funded by Global Philanthropy Partnership

We led the Chicago Climate Action Plan’s mitigation research team to help the City determine the best course of action for lowering Chicago’s contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard

Client: Cities of Milwaukee and Grand Rapids with partners EPA American Rivers, and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

By managing stormwater on-site with plants, trees, and grasses, green infrastructure provides a suite of cost-effective ecological and quality of life benefits not associated with conventional stormwater infrastructure.

 

Madison Bus Rapid Transit

Client: Capital Area Regional Planning Commission

We were awarded a contract to manage a market assessment of the demand for real estate in Dane County, Wisconsin by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, supported by the HUD Regional Sustainable Communities Grant Program.