sustainableCities_grayOur cities and suburban areas are the places that will absorb future human populations more than any other landscape. These population increases present both opportunities and challenges for urban centers. Opportunities exist because cities have the critical mass to support the infrastructure improvements necessary to reduce carbon and ecological footprints, create social cohesiveness and foster economic growth. The challenge is how transform urban buildings and infrastructure consistent with sustainability goals without significantly disrupting regional economies, the community’s fabric and the integrity of urban open spaces. SIG offers services and resources that can aid urban planners in overcoming challenges and creating sustainable cities by offering the following services.

Sustainable Communities Planning

  • Development or assistance with sustainable community plans or “green plans”
  • Low-emission transportation corridor strategy development and planning
  • Existing conditions assessments and land use scenario modeling
  • Research summary and synthesis
  • Stakeholder engagement, plan visioning and workshop support

Urban Tree Canopy Mapping and Benefits Assessment

  • High-resolution imagery processing to extract canopy data
  • Precisely map tree locations, individual tree characterization and canopy extent
  • Quantify benefits of urban forests
  • Identify opportunities and locations for enhancing urban forests and open spaces

Wildland Urban Interface Planning and Research

  • Quantifying and modeling wildfire hazards and risks
  • Optimization of fuels treatments in the urban-wildland interface
  • Development of community wildfire protection plans, including assessing the return on investment for hazard mitigation

Urban Stormwater Planning, Management and Research

  • Hydrographic modeling and mapping
  • Identification of green infrastructure opportunities
  • Creation of stormwater best management practices
  • Strategies for “low impact development” (LID) from bioswales and rain gardens to riparian restoration and reduction of non-point source pollution

Renewable Energy Siting and Urban Energy Metabolism Analysis

  • High resolution mapping and ranking of renewable energy locations
  • Estimation of cost and payback period for solar and other renewable energy infrastructure
  • Emissions and energy use tracking, modeling and accounting for municipalities
  • Strategic planning to reduce energy/carbon footprint through targeted infrastructure improvements
  • Project constraints and opportunities mapping
    Internet/broadband level of service mapping

Urban Ecosystem Market and Mitigation Banking Program

  • Creation of mitigation/conservation banking programs to offset the impacts of development
  • Performance monitoring of ecosystem conservation programs or restoration projects
  • Restoration prioritization

Recent Projects – Sustainable Cities

UAV Assessment of Impervious Land Cover in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Pavement, buildings, and other sorts of “impervious land cover” seal off soil surfaces, which prevents natural groundwater recharge and rainwater…
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Mooring Buoy Inventory for Development on Lake Tahoe

In 2016, SIG did a mooring buoy inventory on the California side of Lake Tahoe, from shoreline to 2000 feet…
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Nationwide Crime Map for Maponics

Maponics Inc is a company that develops digital geographic boundaries for a number of large corporate clients, like, Trulia…
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SERVIR is a global program that provides scientific and technical know-how to help developing countries use geospatial information and technologies…
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Our Team – Sustainable Citites

Farrukh Chishtie

Farrukh Chishtie is an atmospheric and earth observation scientist with extensive experience in various experimental and modelling disciplines. He has…
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Karis Tenneson

Karis is Senior Research Scientist with expertise in ecology, statistics, natural resources management, remote sensing and GIS. Broadly, she is…
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Ashley Conrad-Saydah

A recognized expert in climate change, renewable energy and natural resources policy, Ashley Conrad-Saydah works with SIG to translate their…
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Dr. Austin Troy

Austin Troy, PhD is Principal and Co-Founder of Spatial Informatics Group, where he has worked on a wide range of…
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