Sun Valley Ecodistrict

Neighborhood-Scale Sustainable Development Case Study

Neighborhood Overview

The Sun Valley Neighborhood in Denver, CO is undergoing a massive redevelopment. This historically low-density, low-income community along the banks of the Platte River is one of the most geographically central neighborhoods in the metro Denver region and home to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, the majority of whom live in the Sun Valley Homes housing project. Today, 94 percent of the neighborhood’s housing market is subsidized, with only five percent of the homes occupied by the owners. The Sun Valley Ecodistrict is poised to create a new model of community transformation, with equity, environmental justice and public health as its driving forces.

Sun Valley is home to a diverse population including Denver’s largest concentration of recent
immigrants who bring their local customs and culture to the area, yet face language, social, educational and economic barriers. The district is largely industrial and includes an electric substation, oil tank farm and legacy district steam power plant. Interspersed are a Denver Housing Authority (DHA) housing project, site homes, a school, community center and light industrial and warehouse buildings.

Located along the Platte River and just south of the Denver Bronco’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, the area is geographically isolated from downtown Denver by major highways, with few points of access. When it is completed, Sun Valley will be transformed from a high poverty, high vacancy district with large swaths of surface parking, to a next-generation neighborhood, home to 3,000 residents,300 jobs and new or enhanced neighborhood services, making it one of the City’s most vibrant mixed-use, transit-serving communities.

Sun Valley is primed and ready for smart and thoughtful redevelopment. In 2013, Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) opened the Decatur-Federal Light Rail Station in the neighborhood.
Having already secured a joint grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation, the City of Denver and the DHA also completed a comprehensive Master Plan, Transformation Plan and General Development Plan.

The work over the last several years has been recognized with an additional Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning grant from HUD that will allow the DHA and the City to continue to bring partners like EcoDistricts to the table, helping drive revitalization while helping to repair the decades-long pattern of disinvestment.


Sun Valley + Target Cities: Advancing a Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy

Sun Valley first participated in the 2013 EcoDistricts Incubator in Portland, OR, a three-day intensive designed to accelerate EcoDistricts-modeled urban regeneration projects. Sun Valley stakeholders, led by the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), believed the creation of an “ecodistrict” would help them advance a cutting-edge sustainability strategy that built on the legacy of their Mariposa Development.

The DHA and City of Denver continued to engage EcoDistricts when they joined the EcoDistricts Target Cities program in 2014.  The Target Cities program provided customized group workshops, technical assistance and peer networking to help align stakeholder interests and responsibilities, develop a long-term governance model and strategy framework, complete an EcoDistricts Assessment and Roadmap (integrated footprint analysis and project identification) and support the launch of catalytic projects. Participation in the program helped align critical stages of project planning and implemention with the core components of the EcoDistricts Protocol framework, through its three Imperatives, six Priorities, and three Implementation phases.

In summer 2016, the DHA formed the 501(c)3, Sun Valley Ecodistrict (SVED) to solidify a governing model to attract strategic partners, implement the district-scale solutions proposed in the Transformation Plan and EcoDistricts Roadmap, and monitor district progress and success indicators.

Over the course of the Target Cities program, the Sun Valley team traveled to five U.S. cities for four workshops, one charrette and one convening hosted at the 2014 EcoDistricts Summit. Each host city — including Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO — acted as a learning laboratory in which Target Cities members saw other communities’ projects first-hand and shared stories and strategies. After Target Cities concluded at the end of 2016, the Sun Valley leadership team evaluated its progress and continued challenges.


Early Wins

Through seven years of extensive planning and four years of engagement with EcoDistricts, DHA and the Sun Valley stakeholders have systematically worked through a series of planning and formation milestones with an emphasis on authentic outreach and master planning activities. This has resulted in a set of local and national strategic and funding partnerships that distinguish Sun Valley from most public housing authority projects. After recently receiving a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhood implementation grant, the redevelopment of Sun Valley is moving into the first phase of implementation, championing numerous sustainability projects and programs, including those described below.

01-Imperative-Equity256pxEQUITY:  Sun Valley’s equity priorities are advanced by an new organization created to address child welfare, food security and other core community issues. In addition, as part of the redevelopment process, DHA is using phased relocation to ensure the redevelopment of 333 units of Sun Valley Homes is minimally disruptive to the vulnerable populations they house through the specification of one-for-one replacement of housing units and bedrooms per housing unit. Current residents are given the opportunity to accept either a voucher for new housing of their choice outside of DHA’s new redevelopment, or a guaranteed unit. Residents are provided adequate
temporary housing in the neighborhood while their building is redeveloped. More than 60 percent of the resulting 750 apartment units in the redevelopment will be public and affordable housing.

02-Priorities-Place256pxPLACE: The Sun Valley Ecodistrict (SVED) is designing a 30,000 square foot multi-use office building in the neighborhood that will include community engagement space and offices for SVED, University of Denver and other professional for profit and nonprofit entities financed through impact capital. The Center also will include an art gallery, food services and a resource library to educate visitors and residents on the development history and progress. Once the district energy system is in place (described below), the Center will feature a performance tracking and information center to inform residents and visitors about the district’s energy savings and usage. The Center also will integrate and display data and metric tracking of key neighborhood and human indicators throughout the redevelopment timeline.

02-Priorities-ResourceRestoration256pxRESOURCE REGENERATION: In 2014, DHA received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help fund energy and planning in Sun Valley. Work included modeling alternate district-based energy solutions and green infrastructure with small-scale impacts and solutions. As a result, SVED plans to develop a district-wide energy system for the Sun Valley neighborhood. The system will supply gas- and electric-generated heating and cooling to buildings throughout the district, and has the potential to reduce annual energy use by 20 percent. The DHA also plans the installation of solar photovoltaic panels throughout Sun Valley. The panels will generate over five megawatts of energy and supply approximately 30 percent of Sun Valley’s electricity annually.

02-Priorities-Prosperity256pxPROSPERITY: SVED is creating a micro-business incubator to provide residents and small businesses with space for start-up opportunities. The incubator will include flexible space for micro-restaurants, micro-retail and community events. Twenty percent of this space will be reserved for Sun Valley Homes residents to empower local job opportunity and entrepreneurship.

02-Priorities-Connectivity256pxCONNECTIVITY: A new street grid, complete street design, access to the new light rail station, better river crossings, pedestrian access to the river and connectivity through grid improvements will be designed throughout the neighborhood.  A new bike rack system designed by DHA’s Enterprise Rose Architecture Fellow was installed in November 2016. Denver’s B-Cycle bike share program will locate two new bike share stations in the neighborhood to allow residents to check out bikes and return them at locations throughout the City.

02-Priorities-LivingInfrastructure256pxLIVING INFRASTRUCTURE:  Sun Valley is at the confluence of two water systems that feed into the South Platte River. Since 2010, the City and County of Denver has invested over $4 million to regenerate the system to create open waterways with fully landscaped banks and restored natural habitats. The restoration has improved the environmental integrity, aesthetics and safety of the area through flood control and stormwater impoundment.


Lessons Learned + Continued Challenges

At the end of the two-year Target City program engagement period, each participating district was evaluated by its internal staff and board, and by EcoDistricts personnel. The points below reflect shared assessments by all parties and describe both the opportunities and challenges that Sun Valley has faced in the effort to regenerate the neighborhood.

The Sun Valley Station Area is larger than the DHA development area, requiring a more robust governance model that provides the SVED with masterplanning authorization for land outside of DHA’s control. This will require a balancing act as SVED stakeholders look at the optimal land use for existing DHA land, plus additional public and private land holdings in the context of the entire area.

There are a variety of anti-poverty initiatives underway in West Denver. Many of the efforts are led by different public agencies and nonprofit organizations, and not coordinated. In order for the redevelopment of Sun Valley to be successful, integration with ongoing and future efforts in adjacent neighborhoods must occur. SVED is looking to position itself as a hub of such activities.

While DHA has an excellent record of retaining existing low-income residents through the phased relocation process, it remains a disruptive event in the lives of already vulnerable populations and the process is compounded by language barriers. As a result, many community members have negative perceptions of redevelopment, and question realistic goals of inclusive gentrification and whether growth can be managed to benefit existing residents.

Connecting Sun Valley with downtown Denver remains challenging. A major highway, viaduct, football stadium, river and the Auraria Higher Education Center Campus create physical barriers between Sun Valley and the surrounding neighborhoods. Moreover, the contrast in demographics acts as a psychological barrier. RTD’s West Rail Line provides a substantial improvement in connectivity, but has had limited impact on perception or accessibility of the district.

Sun Valley has limited land and infrastructure capacity to handle the future planned developments. Additionally, the source of funding for infrastructure improvements is not confirmed, and the life cycle of proposed projects remains uncertain.


Next Steps

Key next steps for the collaboration between EcoDistricts and Sun Valley include the following:

Support Sun Valley through EcoDistricts Certification with project management.  As neighborhood leadership moves through the certification process, EcoDistricts can provide technical support and training, and serve as an information hub to connect the district with others for peer learning and
the application of best practices. (2017-2019)

Provide capacity building to Sun Valley as the newly formed nonprofit becomes the hub for anti-poverty and equity initiatives for Sun Valley’s diverse community.  From staffing and resource development to branding and communications, EcoDistricts’ technical support will help ensure that this new organization is positioned to become the neighborhood service hub that
Sun Valley’s residents and leaders envision. (2018-2020)


In Their Own Words

“With EcoDistricts at the table before development began, we were able to plan for holistic energy, water, wastewater and other district-based solutions that will change the entire face of how we develop, how we conserve resources, how we save money, how we interact, and therefore how people from all income levels can live sustainably together.”

– Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director, Denver Housing Authority

Neighborhood-Scale Sustainable Development Case Study

Neighborhood Overview

The Seaholm Ecodistrict is an 85-acre brownfield site in Austin, TX that is being redeveloped into a vibrant, sustainable, cultural hub for the downtown area. The site covers 22 city blocks with over nine blocks of City owned land, most of which served as Austin’s primary utilities for several decades, providing businesses and residents with power and water. The area is anchored by the decommissioned Seaholm Power Plant, which now sits as an iconic centerpiece of this historic industrial area.

In 2001, the City of Austin completed a Seaholm District Master Plan to establish a context for the redevelopment and reuse of the Seaholm Power Plant site as an integrated, mixed-use public attraction prioritizing compact and connected neighborhoods, sustainably managed water resources, workforce and local business investment, green infrastructure and household affordability.

Planned and completed infrastructure improvements include a new 200,000 square foot Central Library, extension of a promenade along Cesar Chavez Avenue that is in accordance with Austin’s “Great Streets” design standards, expansion of the downtown district cooling system, a boutique hotel, 1,475 units of multi-family housing, and new office and retail space that will support up to 5,000 new jobs. A new multi-modal transportation network includes planned bus transit, bike sharing, car sharing, hike-and-bike trail connections and a five-mile cross-city route connecting with the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. The Shoal Creek urban waterway that runs through the district, culminating at Lady Bird Lake, and providing an opportunity for stream bank restoration, habitat creation, native plantings and natural drainage enhancements.


Seaholm + Target Cities: Advancing Sustainable District-Scale Development

In 2012, a team of stakeholders from the City of Austin attended the annual EcoDistricts Incubator, a three-day intensive designed to accelerate EcoDistricts- modeled urban regeneration projects across North American communities. Though the Seaholm Ecodistrict’s existing master plan featured sustainability strategies for individual parcels in the district, the team came to the Incubator to develop goals and strategies for the district as a whole.

The City of Austin turned to EcoDistricts again in 2014, as it saw opportunity to apply the EcoDistricts Protocol to inform the district’s existing master plan implementation. The Seaholm Ecodistrict was formed to serve as a backbone organization that would move the implementation of the Master Plan forward in partnership with the City of Austin and other stakeholder organizations.

The Seaholm Ecodistrict joined EcoDistricts’ Target Cities program in 2014 to advance its capacity, governance and leadership in the area of neighborhood development. The Target Cities program included training, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer networking to help projects align stakeholder interests and responsibilities, develop a long-term governance model and strategy framework, complete an EcoDistricts Assessment and Roadmap (integrated footprint analysis and project identification), and support the launch of catalytic projects. EcoDistricts gathered stakeholders from the Seaholm team for several onsite workshops customized to their project, as well as two workshops involving the entire 11-project cohort. The events were designed around the Protocol’s three implementation phases — Formation, Roadmap and Performance.   

Over the course of the Target Cities program, the Seaholm team traveled to five U.S. cities for four workshops, one charrette and one convening hosted at the 2014 EcoDistricts Summit. Each host city — including Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO — acted as a learning laboratory in which Target Cities members saw other communities’ projects first-hand and shared stories and strategies. After Target Cities concluded at the end of 2016, Seaholm leadership evaluated its progress and continued challenges.


Early Wins

02-Priorities-Place256pxPLACE: To empower its sense of community and place, in 2015 the Seaholm Ecodistrict created a logo and graphic identify epitomizing. the spirit of the iconic Seaholm power plant. The logo provides a visual foundation and shared identity for residents and visitors, and is intended for use on wayfinding materials such as banners, flyers, street signs and posters throughout the district. The new vision for Seaholm knits together the fabric of an off-limits brownfield into the heart of downtown by creating pedestrian and bike connections, public space and a sense of there. To enliven the district, the City of Austin Art in Public Places program completed eight public art installations in the Seaholm Ecodistrict in Fall 2016, including LED installations, child-engaging sculptures, traffic-calming art bollards, murals and digital placemaking.

The Seaholm Ecodistrict’s 2nd Street extension will be designed as a ‘Festival Street’ extending from the Seaholm Plaza to Shoal Creek. The design incorporates sidewalk improvements, pedestrian crossings, paving patterns, street furniture, native landscaping, removable traffic-calming bollards and an urban tree canopy. The planting areas along 2nd Street will provide stormwater treatment to minimize urban runoff.

02-Priorities-Health256pxHEALTH + WELLBEING: The Seaholm Ecodistrict partnered with Farm to Work, a popular fresh produce delivery service, to serve all employees at the new Central Library beginning in early 2017. Farm to Work promotes locally grown food and offers education about healthy food systems and sustainable farming to consumers and their families.

01-Imperative-Resilience256px02-Priorities-ResourceRestoration256pxRESILIENCE + RESOURCE REGENERATION: The Seaholm Ecodistrict features multiple micro-solar installations including a solar kiosk and Soofa solar benches. An Electric Drive solar kiosk and free charging station opened in October 2016. Three Soofa solar benches have been installed in the district, providing the public with phone, tablet and computer charging stations powered by 100% solar energy.

02-Priorities-LivingInfrastructure256pxLIVING INFRASTRUCTURE: The new Central Library includes a 350,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system with a cistern developed through the adaptive reuse of an abandoned underground concrete pump room in the adjacent electric substation. This rainwater harvesting system will enhance water quality and protect riparian habitat from pollutants of the adjacent Shoal Creek and nearby Lady Bird Lake.


Lessons Learned + Continued Challenges

Each Target City was evaluated by both its internal staff and board and EcoDistricts personnel at the end of the two-year engagement period. The comments below reflect shared assessments by all parties and describe both the opportunities and challenges that the Seaholm Ecodistrict faces in the effort to regenerate the site.

  • As a brownfield redevelopment that includes eight City-owned blocks, the Seaholm Ecodistrict is an ideal scale to test innovative sustainable solutions. With leadership from several City departments, implementation hasn’t been a tremendous barrier.  However, the Seaholm Ecodistrict already was in an advanced stage of planning when stakeholders initially engaged with EcoDistricts. Because of this, project implementation has moved forward rapidly, but it’s been more difficult to integrate the EcoDistricts Protocol into projects already under development.
  • Funding continues to be an issue in completing all of the projects outlined in the Roadmap created by the district. The district team has hired a consultant to research financing options.
  • Since there currently aren’t any residents in the district, City leaders must envision how to incorporate equity into their outcomes through the development of a process for creating and monitoring a community benefits agreement, affordable housing development, accessibility, health and wellness and other key issues.
  • The Seaholm Ecodistrict sits in an ideal geographic location for its resource regeneration initiatives. Encompassing the mouth of the Shoal Creek watershed and abutting Lady Bird Lake, the site is rich in habitat and water resources. The area also has tremendous potential for connectivity, from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge across the Lake to the planned Lone Star Rail and Capital Metro Rail terminal.

Next Steps

  • Support Seaholm through meeting EcoDistricts Certified requirements with project management. As neighborhood leadership moves through the certification process, EcoDistricts can provide technical support, training and serve as an information hub to connect the district with others for peer learning and the application of best practices. (2017-2019)
  • Create and devise key anti-displacement and sound equity engagement policies for the City. (2018-2020)

In Their Own Words

“The Seaholm plan featured sustainability strategies for individual parcels, but not overarching goals and strategies for the neighborhood as whole. The EcoDistricts helped us solidify and expand efforts and better articulate what Austin is trying to achieve at the neighborhood scale.”

– Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin

Neighborhood-Scale Sustainable Development Case Study

Neighborhood Overview

The Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Eco-Innovation District (TNT EID) is a comprehensive sustainable development initiative spanning 13 blocks of Codman Square, a historic district in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA. Codman Square boasts a long history as one of Boston’s major civic centers and is host to a wealth of historic buildings including schools, churches and public facilities dating as far back as the early 19th century. However, the district has historically been underserved and economically disadvantaged, with an increasing number of abandoned commercial buildings and unsafe, deteriorating residential housing stock.

Historic Codman Square has been a neighborhood and community center for many years. Over 35 years ago, a place-based organizing entity, the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. (CSNDC), was formed and for the last 13 years has been led by Gail Latimore, a former architect and veteran of nonprofit management and development with over 25 years of experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors. In 2009, the community began an extensive, community-based, area-wide planning process called Millennium 10. This work engaged over 1,000 residents in a comprehensive effort to create bold environmental, economic and social equity goals in the Talbot Norfolk Triangle. Partially fueled by a new transit corridor, the Fairmont Commuter Rail Line, in 2012 the neighborhood coalesced around a grassroots commitment to sustainable redevelopment without displacement and a focus on job creation, transit-oriented growth and neighborhood revitalization. The effort spurred the creation of the Codman Square Eco-Innovation District.

The TNT EID is the first district in the City of Boston formed specifically to address both sustainability and economic prosperity in a holistic urban regeneration process. The TNT EID aims to implement projects such as equitable transit-oriented development, renewable energy generation, open space, walkability, urban agriculture, green infrastructure, public health and safety and local job creation. The TNT EID also focuses on performance and reporting, and it received a Barr Foundation grant to measure the climate-related impacts of sustainable development throughout the district.


TNT EID and EcoDistricts: Building Local Governance Capacity to Keep Benefits in the Neighborhood

The partnership between the TNT EID and EcoDistricts began in 2013. As part of the annual EcoDistricts Summit, EcoDistricts and CSNDC co-hosted a charrette to accelerate the TNT EID’s community regeneration journey. The charrette convened over 60 local leaders, residents and urban regeneration practitioners from across the globe to provide expert guidance to the TNT EID team.

In June 2014, the relationship between the TNT EID and EcoDistricts deepened with the district’s recruitment into the two-year EcoDistricts Target Cities pilot program, designed to advance sustainable, district-scale development while creating replicable models for change. Target Cities also was an opportunity to advance a group of exemplary, diverse projects through peer learning and shared experience. The program focused on collaborative governance training, technical assistance and peer networking to help projects align stakeholder interests and responsibilities, establish a district governance model, create a district roadmap and implement catalytic projects.

Over the course of the Target Cities program, the TNT EID team traveled to five U.S. cities for four workshops, one charrette and one convening hosted at the 2014 EcoDistricts Summit. Each host city — including Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO — acted as a learning laboratory in which Target Cities members saw other communities’ projects first-hand and shared stories and strategies. After Target Cities concluded at the end of 2016, the TNT EID evaluated its progress and continued challenges.


Early Wins

01-Imperative-Equity256px02-Priorities-Place256pxEQUITY + PLACE: Codman Square has an expanding portfolio of affordable housing through existing building renovations and LEED-certifiable new construction. They’ve also developed incentives and programs for first-time homebuyers and rent support for low-income families. TNT EID has developed financial literacy and homeownership initiatives to educate residents and prevent displacement.

01-Imperative-ClimateProtection256px 02-Priorities-ResourceRestoration256pxCLIMATE PROTECTION + RESOURCE REGENERATION: Home energy retrofits, financed through grants and programs, have improved the energy efficiency of over one-third (or more than 500) of the district’s homes and apartments. Additionally, green bus shelters, rain barrels, solar panels and other sustainable infrastructure are actively being implemented across the TNT EID. A recently completed TNT EID Energy Feasibility Analysis indicated that the district’s combined green infrastructure and energy investments could reduce greenhouse gasses in the TNT EID by 11 percent while saving neighborhood stakeholders $267,900 on energy costs. Graduate students from Boston University and staff from sustainability consultant Linnean Solutions assisted with the feasibility study.

02-Priorities-Connectivity256pxCONNECTIVITY: The TNT EID was selected as one of only two Boston neighborhoods to pilot a Slow Streets initiative under Boston’s Vision Zero Plan to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes by 2030. Projects that have been implemented across the TNT EID as a result of the Slow Streets program include wayfinding, green zones
and traffic calming measures.

 

02-Priorities-Prosperity256pxPROSPERITY: Planning is underway to convert the district’s aging Auto Mall into a mixed-use hub of innovation and housing, complete with career training centers and community spaces. The hub also will include business and retail space to attract startup ventures and entrepreneurs.

 

02-Priorities-Health256pxHEALTH + WELLBEING: In 2015, CSNDC, in partnership with the Boston Project Ministries, received a three year, $100,000 grant from the Boston Public Health Commission as part of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health to expand the CSNDC’s smoke-free housing policy and promote health and mobility in the TNT EID. Additionally, an initiative is underway in the district to promote biking as an alternative and healthy form of transportation. Finally, the district is now home to an urban agriculture co-op that sells its produce at a local farmers market; provides job training, placement and referrals to previously incarcerated men of color; and and provides an urban gleaning program.


Lessons Learned + Continued Challenges

At the end of the two-year Target City program engagement period, each participating district was evaluated by its internal staff and board, and by EcoDistricts personnel. The comments below reflect shared assessments by all parties and describe the very real challenges that communities face in their effort to regenerate underserved or blighted neighborhoods, even those with a reputation for advancing exemplary projects and/or demonstrating best-practices.

  • Codman Square is characterized by consistency, shared vision and commitment. Its goals and objectives are clear to all parties and success can be quantitatively and qualitatively measured.
  • Despite the experience and dedication of the CSNDC staff, efforts remain understaffed and underfunded with gains made too slowly, particularly compared with private sector development efforts. Nonetheless, the pace of housing creation has accelerated and small commercial gains can be seen throughout the TNT EID.
  • Coordination with the City of Boston continues to change with incoming and outgoing political leadership. Grant funding is inconsistent and slow.
  • While community engagement is critical to CSNDC’s formation and implementation process, residents are busy and have limited capacity for volunteer engagement.

Next Steps

  • Build a portfolio of neighborhoods seeking certification in Boston, leveraging Codman Square as a peer learning opportunity.
  • Map a district-scale strategic engagement plan for the city of Boston and the Redevelopment Authority.
  • Initiate key anti-displacement and sound equity engagement policies for the city’s “Imagine Boston 2030” plan.

In Their Own Words

“Operating between building-level programs and city-wide policy, ecodistricts are an important economy-of-scale approach to further urban sustainability.”

– Brian Swett, City of Boston

“Target Cities gave us a chance to see the development of urban regeneration projects across the country in cities like Denver, Atlanta and Washington, DC. It was good to know that there are folks experiencing challenges like ours and to see how they and their communities are addressing them.
Branding us together as ‘ecodistricts’ gives a sense of common purpose and additional leverage as our small group negotiates with city and private sector developers.

– Gail Latimore, Executive Director, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

“Target Cities introduced us to a range of experts, from foundations to energy experts to planners and engineers, whom we could not have afforded to hire on our own. Now we feel like we have a bigger team helping us take some of the important next steps.

– Dave Queeley, Eco-Innovation Fellow, CSNDC