Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

The Evergreen State College’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) focuses on advancing a new sustainable infrastructure approach in the Northwest and beyond. Based in Olympia, WA, CSI links regional innovators, advocates sustainable best practices, and develops skilled professionals to create innovative, affordable, and sustainable solutions for upgrading and maintaining energy, transportation, water, and waste systems. The United States will need to spend an estimated $3.6 trillion on various public works systems by 2020, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 report card, and the CSI aims to see that money spent wisely and with an eye toward the environment.

The CSI has released two reports since its inception in December 2013: Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions and Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure. The latter report, the first in the CSI’s “Five Big Goals for 2040” research series, shows how the Northwest can advance an affordable, resilient and integrated energy system, mostly powered by renewable energy and uniting currently segregated electrical, transportation, and heating sectors with an integrated infrastructure strategy directed at the state level. The report draws on interviews with dozens of Northwest energy experts and uncovers the seismic shifts ahead for an energy system now broken into discrete silos and little changed from a century ago.

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Eileen V. Quigley is Principal of Clean Energy Transition, which promotes strategies to achieve deep decarbonization and accelerate the transition from fossil fuel to clean energy. Eileen co-authored Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation, a report on 34 American cities with fewer than 250,000 residents that are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy. She also co-authored Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution, a report on the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, removing carbon pollution, and building resilience to impacts of climate change. In May 2015, Eileen was asked by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation to deliver a paper and presentation, Revolution Required: Meeting Current and Future Energy Challenges, at Kühne Logistics Universität in Hamburg, Germany for the City of Tomorrow Series. She currently serves on the board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US and the advisory board of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington.

Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University. She tweets @evquigley.