2017 Sustainability Leadership Award Finalists
Sustainability Leadership Award Finalists
This award recognizes a specific individual who has made an exceptionally significant and inspiring contribution to the sustainability movement in the greater Puget Sound region in his/her role as a community member or as part of a government, nonprofit or community organization. This year, we focus on an individual who has built bridges or forged alliances with nontraditional/underrepresented members of our community: youth, immigrant/multicultural communities, or other nontraditional alliances.
De’Sean grew up in Beacon Hill neighborhood and began his lifelong commitment to community service at a young age, volunteering at the local Boys and Girls club and environmental restoration projects. In high school, he volunteered with Norm Rice’s mayoral campaign and later served as Community Relations Manager for County Executive Ron Sims and as chief liaison to the Council for Executive Dow Constantine. De’Sean is currently a Water Quality Planner focusing on community and intergovernmental relations for the King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks. De’Sean lives in Tukwila and is a champion for his community, serving on the Tukwila City Council since 2008, where his professional and volunteer experience in government, policy, activism, and regional collaboration gives him a unique voice. He serves on the Board of Directors of Front and Centered, Forterra, and One America, advancing progress in the areas of environmental and social justice. He was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. De’Sean has a passion for public service and considers it a privilege as well as a great responsibility to serve the community.
Deric Gruen (nicknamed “Sustainable D” by close friends) is one of those rising stars that keeps Seattle on the map for sustainability. Deric works at the intersection of equity, environment, and economy. Currently, he coordinates policy for a coalition of organizations, called Front and Centered, advocating for equity in climate policy in Washington State. He also runs communications for the Stand Up to Oil Campaign and manages the Rethinking Prosperity project at the University of Washington. He is Board Member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative and was recently adviser to a UN Environmental Program project communicating sustainable lifestyles. Previously Deric was the Sustainability Director for Bellevue College, where he won the Governor’s Commute Smart award for his work reducing drive alone commuting and a Fellow of the Sightline Institute. Deric’s accomplishments have had a powerful impact in our area and he is making waves nationally in the realm of sustainability.
Stacy Smedley is a pioneer of sustainable and green building practices, currently serving as Skanska USA’s Director of Sustainability working out of the Seattle office. She pushes Skanska to lead by example and feels that what and how we build matters to communities, especially in Seattle during this construction boom. A deep believer in educating and inspiring the next generation, she volunteers time in the K-12 and higher education sectors via sustainable design workshops, sustainable curriculum development and creating sustainable learning spaces. In addition to leading the construction industry in sustainability through Skanska, Stacy is a founding member of Washington Businesses for Climate Action, a group that bridges diverse industries to provide a common business voice advocating for climate change legislation. She also co-founded The SEED Collaborative, creating healthy, environmentally restorative modular classrooms designed to expose all of their sustainable systems and provide hands on teaching opportunities.
A former refugee who fled Cambodia in the mid-1970s, Sophorn passionate about helping other immigrants and refugees bridge the knowledge and cultural gaps they face in their new home. She has worked on behalf of her community for many years and is currently a Community Outreach Associate for ECOSS, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, where she helps build resilient immigrant communities by connecting them to their environment through education and experiences. Sophorn recognizes traditional outreach methods are not as effective in reaching multicultural communities and often gives “living room presentations” in her own home. These in-language and culturally-competent presentations are more comfortable and safe for community members, she says. Her methods and perspective have been vital in increasing awareness and understanding of local environmental issues affecting our immigrant communities, including indoor air and water quality, healthy fishing, and access to parks and recreation.
This award recognizes artwork and cultural projects that effectively communicate and engage the public about sustainability and community resilience in creative ways.
2050 Storefront Installation – Terra Holcomb
Terra Holcomb is a Pacific Northwest environmental artist who creates elaborate, ephemeral dresses and sculptures from natural materials. Her works are meditations on life cycles, transformations and our changing climate. She has refashioned mussel shells into a gown, flower petals and garden insects become mandalas, and leaf dresses are hung and left to decay in the forest. She has given talks about her artistic process at Town Hall in Seattle, spoken about Art and Social Change at Antioch University, received awards for her wearable art and photography, and was highlighted in a 2015 Trend Guide in Germany. Her work 2050 was featured as part of the South Lake Union Storefronts exhibit and was designed to spark awareness about single use plastics and the effect on our climate’s future. For the installation, Terra created five dresses mixing non-recyclable plastic caps, bird feathers, marine rope and seashells in response to a report stating that by 2050 there would be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
A View of Time / Bronze Binoculars – Erica Bush & Darren Edwards
Erica Bush is a local urban designer, currently working at the Downtown Seattle Association where her focus is on improving public spaces across the downtown area. Erica has a background in art, public policy and urban planning. Her work A View of Time was a series of installations that depicted, through a set of strategically placed bronze binoculars, images of public spaces in Seattle both in the past and in the future. The concept of the work was rooted in a reflection of the swift changes that have and are sweeping across Seattle. From the artist: “I wanted people to be able to take in a site in a different capacity than they could at this current time.” For this project, Erica collaborated with Darren Edwards, a local freelancer specializing in film sets and props. Erica and Darren have collaborated on a number of previous public art projects including ‘Blue Sky Passage’, a shipping container / time machine that transported visitors from subdued dreary winter outside to bright boundless skies inside. These temporary art installations are sponsored by the Downtown Seattle Association to enhance these spaces year-round, including during the colder months of the year.
No Gasoline Day – Coltura
Coltura is a nonprofit organization that seeks to change cultural norms about the use of gasoline through mobile and interactive live performance, social media, and powerful imagery and videos challenging the cultural status quo. Coltura makes its own content, and curates content from artists and other creative people. Coltura’s cultural intervention program is inspired by successful efforts to curb youth smoking and innovative cultural techniques pioneered from the work of Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Colombia and playwright, Augusto Boal, who used interactive theatre and art to address violence and other intractable social problems. Coltura works with various art forms, including interactive street theatre to change how people think and feel about gasoline, rather than lobbying the government to impose taxes and penalties on gasoline use. In the summer of 2016, Coltura produced Gas Station Theatre: Ghost of Gasoline, a mobile theatrical series performed at art festivals and gasoline stations across Seattle. The performances invited spectators to depart from the status quo (heedless gasoline consumption) and to confront our use of gasoline – a toxic substance that is slowly killing our planet. The series culminated in a funeral procession/burial of the gasoline pump as part of Coltura’s annual No Gasoline Day.
Mind over Matters: Sustainability Segments – KEXP
KEXP-FM (90.3 FM) is a public radio station which began as partnership between Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project and KEXP, and is now operated independently by Friends of KEXP, a 501(c)3 organization. KEXP’s curatorial staff of 40 DJs, widely recognized as experts in their field, present the newest emerging popular artists alongside established bands. KEXP’s Mind Over Matters carries a wide range of provocative speakers and guests who bring listeners viewpoints not often heard in the corporate media, and a unique perspective on the issues that impact our daily lives. The Mind Over Matters: Sustainability Segment presents one-on-one interviews with inspiring leaders and grassroots activists on a variety of environmental, social, and economic issues affecting life and the future of our planet. From the local to the national and international, listeners learn about positive steps and novel approaches to improve society and hear from the movers and shakers who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. Recent topics include refugee rights, hunger in America, launching a new generation of farmers, the aquarium trade, and scientific integrity in government decision-making.
The Bureau of Arts & Culture – PDL
The Bureau of Arts & Culture is civic-minded, concept-art exhibit from the art collective PDL, namely Jason Puccinelli (“P”), Jed Dunkerley (“D”) and Lundgren (“L”). PDL have collaborated for years on a variety of art projects, and see themselves not so much an artist trio, as a non-traditional approach to contemporary art and performance. The Bureau of Arts & Culture exhibit was held in December 2016, at King Street Station and hosted 21 art proposals “designed to trigger a new enthusiasm for the direction of our city and how art can play a vital role in our future… tackling issues such as homelessness, gun violence, urban growth, cultural tourism, arts education, and human trafficking.” The show presented proposals that imagine alternatives to traditional economies and other intriguing ideas. The proposed projects included a 250-foot- tall downtown “vivarium” to house a Douglas fir that will grow from sapling to arboreal tower), an enormous “sky chimney” that breaks through the cloud barrier so it’s always sunny in at least one spot in Seattle, and a “Harbor Island Biennale” that would invite countries around the world to devote one container on a cargo ship to its nation’s art, to be displayed together once every two years on the Duwamish River.
For large businesses, greater than 100 employees, this award recognizes significant efforts contributing to all 3 core values of sustainability: environmental health, community and social equity, and thriving local economy.
Columbia Bank, a Northwest community bank, is being nominated for living its sustainability values by actively providing support and engaging in the communities it serves. The Bank consistently gives back to the community; in 2016, this was reflected in over 19,000 volunteer hours given to its communities and nearly $230,000 raised for homeless shelters, cancer research and other causes. In 2015, Columbia Bank launched the Warm Hearts Winter Drive to support local homeless shelters. Through the efforts of its employees and local communities, Columbia Bank raised $209,335 and collected over 8,000 warm winter items for over 54 local homeless shelters, surpassing their fundraising goal by 30%. In January 2017, working with the Washington Growers League, they secured a $500,000 grant under Competitive Affordable Housing Program offered by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines to provide safe seasonal farmworker housing and create economic development opportunities for local farms.
Duke’s Chowder House
Duke’s Chowder House is being nominated for its leadership role in the restaurant industry by the raising consumer awareness around sustainably sourced ingredients, protecting wildlife habitat and supporting local community resilience causes. Duke’s serves 100% sustainably sourced seafood, free of hormones, antibiotics and harmful chemicals. For the past five years, Duke’s and other businesses have adopted river bank sections along the Snoqualmie River on farmland to provide long-term funding for restoration activities through Stewardship Partners’ Adopt-a-Buffer program. In November 2016, a team of 20 Duke’s employees volunteered to help restore a quarter mile of fish and wildlife habitat at a historic farm on the Snoqualmie River. Duke’s supports over 100 different non-profits throughout Puget Sound including Long Live the Kings, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s, Pediatric Interim Care Center, and Farestart. Duke’s has also hosted charity dinners where 100% of proceeds go to helping local disaster relief efforts.
IKEA Seattle is being nominated for the sustainable design of their new Renton store, as well as active involvement in its local community and state initiatives. IKEA believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment, by integrating innovative materials into product design, recycling waste material, incorporating energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems in their buildings, and influencing consumer choice, for example by only selling LED light bulbs. IKEA is working towards a goal of 100% renewable energy and in 2015, made commitments that add up to $1 billion investment in climate action. At IKEA’s new Renton store, the largest rooftop solar installation in the state was completed in January 2017 (equivalent of reducing 886 tons of CO2). In 2016, IKEA started a partnership with American Forests to plant 5,000 trees in the Mt. Adams Post-Fire Restoration Area following destruction from wildfire. Also, IKEA was honored with an Outstanding Service Award from Renton River Days for 20 years of community support.
McKinstry is being nominated for its strong commitment to sustainability through genuine innovation in creating technologies and services that help their clients save money at the same time they’re lowering their greenhouse gas emissions. Notable recent local projects include McKinstry’s work with Mortenson Construction to renovate Beacon Hill’s 83-year-old Pacific Tower and save a historic landmark. McKinstry helped to bring the nearly century-old building up to current energy code standards, replacing light fixtures, installing daylight and occupancy sensing, and optimally zoning heating cooling and ventilation. Other highlights include McKinstry’s contributions to with Amazon, CenturyLink Field and Event Center, the Allen Institute, the combination of which led to their recognition as 2016 winner of the coveted CleanTech Achievement Award. McKinstry’s vision of “together, building a thriving planet” includes an ongoing commitment to the communities in which they live and work.
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is being nominated for its commitment to sustainable and ecologically-minded practices, from social awareness, to sustainable retrofit of buildings, to growing produce in its own certified organic garden. Sleeping Lady strives to be an inspiration for local businesses, the lodging industry, and each and every one of its guests. Says founder, Harriet Bullitt, “I want people to leave here and feel as though they can change their corner of the world”. Aligned with this sentiment, Sleeping Lady Foundation regularly brings speakers and events to the local area, giving guests the opportunity to meet and learn from people who are already changing the world. In 2016, Sleeping Lady was re-certified as a B Corporation, a designation of businesses around the world that verifies environmental concern, social awareness, worker fairness and involvement in the community. The resort also received a Silver Award for the 2016 Community Impact Awards: Sustainability in Business Operations by Seattle Business Magazine.
For small businesses, less than 100 employees, this award recognizes significant efforts contributing to all 3 core values of sustainability: environmental health, community and social equity, and thriving local economy.
Cascade Built is nominated for being a pioneer in Passive House construction, demonstrating a new way of building that will be instrumental in transforming the way Seattle lives. Their construction techniques include continuously filtered air, heat recovery ventilator controls, high performance triple-glazed windows, prefabricated structural insulated panels, and tightly-sealed building envelopes, resulting in healthy indoor environments while significantly reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs. Their 2,710 square foot house called Park Passive was the first Passive House-certified single family home in Seattle. With 16” of insulation, the home hovers around 70 degrees year-round while simultaneously reducing heating energy consumption by nearly 90%. Cascade Built employs an understanding of building science, a collaborative approach, and a passion for preserving resources to demonstrate how standard, cost-effective construction techniques can deliver high-performing and cost-effective buildings.
EcoBalanza, based in SODO, is nominated for their commitment to crafting upholstered furniture from local, sustainable, and toxic-free source materials. Up to 85% of conventional couches contain toxic or untested flame-retardants, some of which are linked to a range of health issues. EcoBalanza goes to great lengths to produce 100% non-toxic furniture, and are passionate about sourcing local materials from vetted suppliers, reducing unnecessary packaging materials, and meeting higher manufacturing efficiency standards. Only non-toxic materials that have been certified by third parties, allowing full visibility into the chain of custody, are used in their furniture. They are also committed to supporting the local community and economy by hand-crafting all their products in Seattle in collaboration with a close-knit community of suppliers. Many of their suppliers are women-owned businesses, and wherever possible, EcoBalanza works with local, family-owned farms to source wool and cotton.
Humble Pie is nominated for their unique commitment to the ‘triple bottom line’ by employing environmental sustainability and community engagement efforts. The pizzeria is constructed out of recycled building materials, enforces a zero waste policy, and sources locally-grown ingredients or crafted products where possible. Humble Pie’s restaurant was designed to meet the highest LEED standards. Constructed of Forest Stewardship Council lumber and two recycled shipping containers, the pizzeria features two green roofs and 100% on-site rainwater processing. Humble Pie has been using 100% wind generated electricity since 2015. In 2016, they installed 18 photovoltaic panels on site, generating 4,697 kWh per year, enough electricity to power 18.6% of the restaurant’s electricity consumption. Most ingredients are grown or made in Washington. Humble Pie also leads community projects, supports local non-profit organizations, and serves free meals to homeless residents of the neighborhood.
Snoqualmie Ice Cream / Snoqualmie Organic
Snoqualmie Ice Cream is nominated for their commitment to their employees’ well-being, community support, and environmental protection. Their organic French-style frozen custard icecream uses Pacific Northwest ingredients including organic grass-fed milk and cream, eggs, and berries. Snoqualmie Ice Cream designed their property with rain gardens, bioswales, and pervious concrete to completely eliminate stormwater runoff. Their building also features solar panels, compressor waste heat recovery systems, LED sensor lighting, and energy efficient manufacturing equipment. The team at Snoqualmie has spent the last year becoming a certified B-Corporation and are the only ice creamery in the Pacific Northwest to do so. As a result of their certification, Snoqualmie Ice Cream implemented energy, water, and waste tracking programs; offset their carbon footprint using renewable energy credits; enacted intensive supplier requirements; and tracked donation and community outreach efforts.
Fremont Brewing Company
Fremont Brewing Company is nominated for their commitment to advancing environmental, social, and economic sustainability through beer. Fremont Brewing makes locally-sourced, sustainable, and where possible, organic beer. Fremont Brewing routinely incorporates environmental sustainability and social responsibility practices into their business model. Recent innovations and programs include helping found the nation’s first organic hops growers’ association; diverting waste streams into clean energy via anaerobic digestion in a partnership with Impact Bioenergy and Seattle Public Utilities; mitigating its carbon footprint through Evergreen Carbon Capture; and providing low-cost health insurance and a minimum $15/hour wage to all employees before it was required by law. Fremont donated more than $30,000 a year in beer and cash to a wide variety of environmental, educational and social justice organizations and initiatives. Fremont Brewing received the Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2015.
This award recognizes businesses, organizations, or agencies that are creating effective programs or activities to specifically address climate change vulnerability.
King County Housing Authority
The King County Housing Authority (KCHA) is being nominated for its exemplary role as a national leader in providing innovative and energy-efficient housing solutions. KCHA serves more than 18,000 elderly, disabled and family households. They help low-income households remain in their homes by weatherizing buildings, reducing water consumption and cutting energy costs, both bringing the housing stock up to current building codes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Key achievements in 2016 include increasing waste diversion from 25% in 2010 to 44% in 2016; saving almost 1 million gallons and 10 thousand dollars in irrigation water costs at multifamily locations over the previous year; and weatherizing 612 units in 197 low-income buildings, and more. KCHA completed a new 77-unit building for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities which maximizes natural daylight, and employs passive solar heating, permeable pavement, green storm-water infrastructure, WaterSense toilets, and a community garden for residents.
King Conservation District – Urban Forest Health Management Program
King Conservation District (KCD) is being nominated for its notable dedication to helping landowners steward their natural resources through education, technical assistance and public/private partnerships such as cost-share programs. With pressure of climate change and population increases, KCD is meeting this challenge by extending beyond their traditional rural and agricultural reach into the backyards, public easements, parks and open spaces through the creation of an Urban Forest Health Management Program. Working with 34 partner cities, the Program increases the resilience of urban tree canopies and captures the ecological and recreational values of green infrastructure by helping residents and landowners actively manage urban trees and forests. Healthy trees and forests improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, contribute to pollution and stormwater abatement, mitigate urban heat island effects, decrease crime rates and bring well-studied health benefits to community members.
UW Urban Freight Lab
The Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (SCTL) Center Urban Freight Lab is being nominated for bringing together key stakeholders to research and identify solutions to Seattle’s growing urban goods delivery system issues. The UW living laboratory Urban Freight Lab, comprised of retailers (such as Nordstrom and Costco), technology companies, goods delivery firms (UPS) and USPS, building owner/operators, and Seattle SDOT, aims to improve the management of both public and private operations of urban goods delivery systems. A focus for 2016 was on the ‘Final-50-Feet’ or the last leg of the urban goods delivery system and involved analyzing processes, developing solutions, and piloting improvements in the final 50’ from the curb, vehicle load zone, or sidewalk extending through freight bays and lobbies. The Urban Freight Lab addresses the challenges of transportation, density, and speed meeting city form to develop a more efficient and resilient urban delivery system for Seattle.
King County-Cities Climate Collaboration
The King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) is being nominated for its key role in spearheading development and outreach efforts that helped lead to the unanimous adoption in July 2014 of countywide greenhouse gas reduction targets. These targets are critical to driving local climate action and commit to countywide GHG emissions reduction targets of 25 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050 (2007 baseline). K4C is a consortium of King County and the 11 cities of Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila, which represents nearly 75% of the County’s population. Partners commit to dedicate staff and annual funding to coordinate and enhance the effectiveness of local government climate and sustainability action. K4C partners with the King County GreenTools technical assistance program to develop and implement the award-winning Sustainable Cities Roundtables, a series of green building and climate change trainings.
Capitol Hill Eco-District
The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is being nominated for its role as a change agent in delivering sustainability at the neighborhood scale, by engaging stakeholders and communities to harvest equity, community health, cultural vitality, and environmental stewardship. The EcoDistrict is a community-driven effort to help promote sustainability in social, economic, and ecological realms. While addressing eight performance areas – equity, health, culture, energy, water, transportation, habitat, and materials – the EcoDistrict aims to promote “green” growth in Seattle’s densest development hub. Examples of recent focus areas include: piloting a pedestrian-only zone on E Pike Street during weekend nights; partnering with Seattle City Light to install Washington’s first community solar project; facilitating more than $1.4 million in public funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements; supporting complementary grassroots initiatives (such as the p-patch at Summit Slope Park); and helping celebrate the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity.
This award recognizes original, highly innovative use or creation of technology to address sustainable issues. We focus especially on startup and new efforts.
UW AgriC Team
The UW AgriC Team is being nominated for their development of a biodegradable plastic with a number of agricultural uses. AgriC is a chitin-based biodegradable plastic which can suppress weeds, conserve water before decomposition, and serve as an agricultural fertilizer after decomposition. The AgriC Team started working on an alternative to plastic mulch contamination as students in UW’s Environmental Innovation Practicum, a class that prepares students to participate in the 2016 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. The goal was to demonstrate an alternative to plastic mulching, which produces 900 million pounds of waste each year. The biodegradable plastic is intended to be used to cover crops as a mulch film and decompose into fertilizer after use. Although still in the research and development stage, the biodegradable mulch film may one day provide a more sustainable alternative to conventional plastic mulch, which is predominantly used in large-scale vegetable farming, and the disposal of which is an emerging environmental concern. The AgriC team consists of students Daniel Park, Moni Pal, Andy Tan, and Xinyao Ding.
APANA, a technology and services company, is being nominated for its innovative technology that helps commercial and industrial water users save money and manage their water using real-time, automated information. Industrial customers install water monitoring sensors in their facilities and the data generated by these monitors (uploaded into the cloud) allows facility managers to discover “waste signatures,” or clues that a facility is using too much water, identify leaks and study their water use patterns. APANA customers have demonstrated an average 22% savings in water use and average payback on capital expenditure of 18 months. The system has been deployed at supermarkets, resorts, educational campuses, carwashes, food and beverage processing facilities, commercial buildings, and vineyards. APANA goes even further than reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, reminding users that saving water minimizes related maintenance, including switching filters and cleaning drains.
PATH/ Seattle Children’s Hospital
PATH, an international nonprofit organization, and Seattle Children’s Hospital (Craniofacial Center) are being nominated for their development of a Neonatal Intuitive Feeding Technology cup, or NIFTY cup. The NIFTY cup is the result of six years of work and a partnership that also included UW, Laerdal Global Health, and Sri Ramachandra University. Millions of babies in Africa and South Asia are born unable to breastfeed due to prematurity or craniofacial anomalies such as a cleft lip or palate. WHO calls breastfeeding “one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.” The NIFTY cup is designed to be simple to use, easy to clean, inexpensive, and efficient in delivering expressed breast milk or formula to infants unable to breastfeed. NIFTY was successfully field tested in South India, feeding 50 babies. In 2016, a commercial version of the cup began to be distributed in low and middle income countries. A clinical trial in Kumasi, Ghana will begin in early 2017 to assess how the design compares to a generic feeding cup.
Perkins+Will, interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, is being nominated for its development of the first free, universally accessible database aimed at creating greater transparency around building materials. Perkins+Will’s Transparency website (www.transparency.perkinswill.com) includes a Precautionary List of substances commonly found in the built environment that have been classified by regulatory entities as being harmful to the health of humans and/or the environment. Recently, Perkins+Will Seattle moved into Rainier Tower, with the goal of becoming the first firm-wide office free of as many chemicals listed on the Precautionary List as possible. Ultimately, 32 of the 34 finishes and products were able to meet this challenge. The major accomplishment in innovative sustainability on this project was achieving 94% toxic-free interiors/furnishings, including PVC-free plastic laminates; Chloroprene- and Bisphenol A-free joint sealants; and Phthalates-free tile carpeting and flooring.
StormSensor is being nominated for its technological innovation in stormwater management. Historically, stormwater inspections and regulatory reporting have been a manual and tedious, labor-intensive process. The founders were frustrated by field work involving physically sampling water, writing down field notes, transposing notes to digital, managing both hard and electronic files, reconciling all of this information across multiple, incompatible software platforms, and then waiting for the Project Manager to review their reports before they could be submitted to the regulators. They developed the StormSensor technology to automate the process, cutting about 85-to-90% of workflow. The hardware is the only solution available designed specifically to monitor stormwater. StormSensor’s software and hardware products track water quality data in real time, so cities and businesses can identify and fix problems before they get out of hand. In addition, the software provides on-demand weather and data visualization.