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Urban Systems Design has consistently won regional recognition for creating projects that are environmentally and socially just.  Below is a list of awards and publications since USDs founding in 2009:


  • 2021: ECOSS and Equinox Studios won the Green Globe Award for Industrial Strength Stormwater Solutions. Watch the virtual Award Ceremony at this link.

  • 2020: Developed and edited content and graphics for the GSI Overview and Accomplishment Report

  • 2019: Wrote Seattle-focused case study for"Innovations in Stormwater Capture, alternative delivery, O&M scenarios and BMPs, multi-agency collaboration and workforce development" (p. 25-31) published by Southern California Water Coalition

  • 2018: DIRT Corps won the Futurewise Livable Communities Award

  • 2017: DIRT Corps won the Pacific NW Clean Water Association's Sustainability Award

  • 2016: USD was one of four finalists for the King County Executive's Small Business Award for "Workforce Development"

  • 2013: Top 3 Finalist for Sustainable Seattle’s annual Sustainability Leadership Award for “Transforming Spaces” category for the South Park Greenstreet Project.

  • 2012: King County Green Globe Award, winner of the Leader in Green Stormwater Infrastructure award, recognizing outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship

  • 2011: Alliance for Nonprofits’ Annual Evergreen Award for the collaborative community engagement through the Duwamish Alive program (accepted the award on behalf of collaborative event planning group)

  • 2010: Seattle Weekly’s “Best Toxic Avenger,”

  • 2009: Waterfront Center’s annual conference Clearwater Award for “Excellence on the Waterfront,” awarded to Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition for its Duwamish Vision project (accepted award as lead program staff person for DRCC)

  • 2009: Association of King County Historical Organizations’ Exhibit Award to Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition for the Green-Duwamish Watershed Map (accepted award as lead program staff person for DRCC)

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Urban Systems Design owner, Cari Simson, accepts the Pacific NW Clean Water Association's Sustainability Award on behalf of DIRT Corps in 2017.
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