University of Maryland (EPA Region 3 Environmental Finance Center), University of Utah, Colorado State University, Wichita State University (EPA Region 7 Environmental Finance Center), University of Georgia, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Geosyntec / Wright Water Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) / Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), American Rivers

Key researchers

Brian Bledsoe

Project description

CLASIC is a user-informed screening tool that utilizes a life cycle cost framework to support implementation of stormwater infrastructure, including green, hybrid green-gray, and gray infrastructure practices. The CLASIC tool integrates Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), which enables consideration of co-benefits for green infrastructure. There are three integrated components in the CLASIC tool: life cycle cost; performance; and co-benefits.

Project goal

The goal of the CLASIC decision support system is to develop a robust, peer-reviewed, and end-user informed Life Cycle Cost (LCC) framework model for stormwater infrastructure alternatives that can accommodate regional and scale variations to support integrated planning at a municipal scale. Expected users of the CLASIC tool include managers and operators of regulated stormwater systems (e.g., municipalities, counties, cities, and utilities), consultants, academics, and others.

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