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Decarbonizing the Gas Grid: The Role of Renewable Fuels in Denmark’s Path to Carbon Neutrality


Denmark is committed to being a frontrunner in global climate action that can inspire and encourage the rest of the world, and has established a goal of achieving climate neutrality economy-wide by 2050.

Comparative Analysis of Hospital Energy Use: Pacific Northwest and Scandinavian

By Heather Burpee of the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab

This study is an outgrowth of previous research evaluating high quality, low energy hospitals that serve as examples for new high performance hospital design, construction, and operation.

Research & Report: Seattle and Copenhagen, a “Tale of Two Cities’ Growth Strategies,

Client: Vulcan Inc.

Both Copenhagen and Seattle are continuing to grow in spite of limited new area to develop. The two cities have taken different paths in trying to accommodate growth in a way that is congruent with the existing city.

Research & Report: “Count Me In, Tools to Signal the Importance of Pedestrians and Bicyclists, Options and Specifications Overview.”

Client: Seattle City Council

Almost every city counts their vehicle traffic, but few count their pedestrians and cyclists. This study for the Seattle City Council, along with our urban sustainability study tours of Denmark and Sweden, influenced Seattle to start counting cyclists and pedestrians. This lead to the installation of some of the first bicycle counters in the United States.


Research, Report, and Presentation: “Solid Waste Management, Seattle-Copenhagen Waste Comparison Study.”

Presentation to Seattle City Council

In 2007 the City of Seattle adopted a Zero Waste Strategy, but how would Seattle get there?  At the time, Copenhagen was the best example for Seattle.  With about the same number of people, the recycling rates were the same but Copenhagen landfilled less than 3% of its waste while Seattle landfilled about 45%.

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