Advisory Projects

Incorporating Environmental Justice in the GLRI Action Plan

Incorporating Environmental Justice in the GLRI Action Plan

In 2023, the National Wildlife Federation – Healing Our Waters Coalition (HOW) hired CIS to identify environmental justice (EJ) principles and goals to be included in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan.Project Scope Research and Analyses GLRI...

Environmental Finance Center Technical Assistance

Environmental Finance Center Technical Assistance

The US Water Alliance, a prominent national nonprofit, has contracted CIS to assist on projects related to wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water infrastructure engineering, financial, and grants management support.Project Scope Research & Analyses...

Exploring Emerging Utility-led Innovations in Water Affordability

Exploring Emerging Utility-led Innovations in Water Affordability

Affordability of water and wastewater (“water”) utility bills is a growing concern for many Americans, with water rates rising faster than the cost of most other goods and services. This is adding pressure to households already struggling to pay bills, forcing them to...

Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities (RISC)

Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities (RISC)

Started in 2020, funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) and founded by the CEO of CIS, the Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities (RISC) project was created to establish a resilience and finance leadership Cluster of municipal resilience...

Analyses of Great Lakes Regional Poll Data

Analyses of Great Lakes Regional Poll Data

Alterations to Great Lakes land cover, changes in hydrologic patterns in the region, and outdated hydrologic systems have exacerbated the water quality impairments in the Great Lakes. As many of the changes occurring across the Great Lakes basin are driven by human...

Detroit Tree Equity Program

Detroit Tree Equity Program

American Forests is a leading nonprofit with a mission to create healthy and resilient forests, from cities to wilderness, that “deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife." CIS staff have worked on a team led by American Forests to assist with...