Design Philosophy

Ethos Collaborative is a collective of integrative designers, scientists, and educators dedicated to realizing regenerative and resilient communities through collaborative planning, engineering, analysis, and shared learning.  Our core competencies lie at the nexus of water, energy, climate, and community.  The systems-thinking and life-cycle approach we employ honors the interconnected nature of ecological, economic, and socio-cultural systems

Services

Water and Ecology

Water and Ecology

Ethos Collaborative offers a wide range of water resources and ecological engineering services including: green infrastructure design, stormwater master planning, water policy advising, hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) analysis, watershed management, wet weather CSO/SSO remediation, stream and habitat restoration and GIS and hydroinformatics.

Energy and Climate

Energy and Climate

Ethos offers holistic insight into the long-term economic and environmental costs and benefits of site-related infrastructure, institutional operations, and regional community patterns.  Energy-related services provided by Ethos include regional energy baseline analysis, energy efficiency planning, sustainability analysis, life cycle assessments, climate change mitigation and adaptation consulting.

Resilient Site Design

Resilient Site Design

Our approach to design is to provide context-sensitive, regenerative and community-focused solutions. We offer site design, planning, landscape architecture, 3D and graphic rendering, net zero water design, land development and environmental permitting.

GIS and Intelligent Cities

GIS and Intelligent Cities

Ethos is a non-traditional design firm, both in our business model and in the innovative tools we use to provide added value to our customers.  Specifically, we believe in the importance of collecting, maintaining, analyzing, visualizing and sharing data, as it relates to built environment.   Our design toolbox includes knowledge of web and mobile application design, real-time sensing and performance monitoring, geographic information systems (GIS), data visualization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence methodologies.  We are actively seeking research partners for data sharing initiatives.

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

Food is and always has been an essential focal point of human life.  It is therefore no surprise that urban agriculture is becoming increasing popular for reasons relating to health, nutrition, environmental stewardship and for strengthening communities and local economies.  Ethos provides numerous services related to urban agriculture, including site feasibility assessment, water harvesting and irrigation design, site, greenhouse and compost facilities design, permaculture consulting, and regulatory permitting.

Outreach and Grants

Outreach and Grants

Outreach, education and grant-writing are critical to planning and execution of resilient and community-oriented site design solutions.  Ethos offers grant writing support, including preparation of plans, details, graphical renderings, analyses and cost estimates.  We have experience organizing and facilitating community visioning events, design charettes, workshops and training related to resilient site and green infrastructure design, policy and maintenance.

Team

Barton Kirk, PE

Barton Kirk, PE

Barton is an ecological engineer whose core expertise lies at the nexus of energy, water, climate, and community. For the past decade he has helped communities develop durable decisions about their built and natural infrastructure utilizing research, analysis, and design. Through applied ecological economics and life-cycle systems analysis, Barton’s work offers holistic insight into the long-term economic and environmental costs and benefits of site-level infrastructure, institutional operations, and regional community patterns.  Barton is also an instructor at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School (Warren, VT) and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck, NY).

 

Damon Weiss, PE

Damon Weiss, PE

Over his seventeen year career as a civil engineer, Damon Weiss has developed both depth and breadth of expertise in resilient site design, water resources engineering, and infrastructure management.  His water resources experience includes drainage and storm water management design, green infrastructure planning, H&H modeling of floodplains, bridges and culverts, environmental permitting and GIS-based watershed assessments and planning.  Damon has also been very involved as an outspoken voice and leader on water resources issues throughout Southwest Pennsylvania, with long standing involvement in the Green Infrastructure Network and various other water related advisory group.    Damon is Board member and Secretary for Allegheny Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving high-quality natural land across the Southwest Pennsylvania region, chairing the Urban Greening Committee.

In addition to having a strong background in water resource and site design, Damon has a passion for emerging technology including computer programming, realtime sensing, databases, web and mobile application design, data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  He received a Masters of Science in Advanced Infrastructure Systems from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 – a highly specialized degree program intended to bridge the gap traditional civil engineering and cutting edge information technology.  Hydroinformatics – a core service offering at Ethos – is essentially the application of this advanced infrastructure methodology and mindset to the field of water resource engineering.

Contact Information:

Damon Weiss, PE
Phone: (412) 266-2492
Email: damonweiss@ethoscollaborative.com

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Elizabeth Glowczewski

Elizabeth Glowczewski

Elizabeth Glowczewski is a civil and environmental engineer, with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her background in design, construction, and construction management, in both the private and public sector, allows her to envision projects from all sides of the table, giving a unique perspective to clients.  Her passion for ecological resource conservation, including implementation of urban green infrastructure, has propelled her into working with community support groups, while weaving a strong community fabric. 

 

Mike Blackhurst, PhD

Mike Blackhurst, PhD

Michael Blackhurst’s work is robustly interdisciplinary and data intensive, drawing from his background in engineering, economics, and statistics.  As faculty at the University of Texas-Austin, Dr. Blackhurst oversaw both applied and basic research projects that emphasized public policy problems, such as energy efficiency, water scarcity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environmental life cycle assessment.   In his professional career, he has seven years of experience leading a diverse array of engineering consulting services for public sector clients, including civil infrastructure system modeling, civil systems design, water resources engineering, and project management. Consulting project highlights include evaluating the feasibility of developing desalinated seawater resources for the State of Texas, developing a sewer infrastructure regional master plan for Aurora-CO, supply decision tools for the San Antonio Water System.

Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon is an industrial engineering and acclaimed film producer, having received PennFuture’s “Citizens Choice Green Power Hero” award in 2011 for his work on the film “Your Environmental Road Trip” (YERT).   He is currently working on several environmental film projects, including documentations of the Green Building Alliance’s Green Schools Academy and the South Side’s Schwartz Living Market’s renovation to Living Building standards. He also helps lead the New Economy Working Campaign’s “Mapping Project” at the Thomas Merton Center, where he also serves on the board. Mark is working with diverse array of organizations, including Ethos Collaborative, to build a sustainable, cooperative, and socially just economy.

Portfolio

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Power of 32 Energy Baseline

Power of 32 Energy Baseline

Power of 32 Energy Baseline Analysis Ethos Collaborative led expert analysis for the development of a regional energy and greenhouse gas emissions to support the development of
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Omega Institute – Adaptive Management and Restoration Planning

Omega Institute – Adaptive Management and Restoration Planning

Omega Institute of Sustainable Living - Adaptive Management and Restoration PlanningIn April of 2014, Ethos, assisted Biohabitats, Inc. in completion of Phase I of a multi-year ada
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YWCA Homewood-Brushton Sustainability Assessment

YWCA Homewood-Brushton Sustainability Assessment

Homewood YWCA - Sustainability Assessment Ethos, as part of multi-member integrative sustainability assessment team led by Sustainable Pittsburgh, provided holistic sustainabili
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Braddock Farms Composting Facility

Braddock Farms Composting Facility

Braddock Farms Composting Facilities Ethos was retained by Compostable Soil Company in the fall of 2013 to complete site planning, permitting, and sustainable stormwater managem
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Net Zero Water and Energy Residence

Net Zero Water and Energy Residence

Net Zero Water and Energy Residence This exciting project involves the development of a custom-designed net zero water and energy residential property, located on a pristine gre
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NMRWA Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project

NMRWA Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project

Nine Mile Run Watershed Association - Rosedale Runoff Reduction ProgramEthos Collaborative provided successful grant support to the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, related to
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South Side Green Infrastructure Charrette

South Side Green Infrastructure Charrette

Southside Green Infrastructure Design Charrette As a volunteer of the Green Infrastructure Network, Ethos Collaborative staff assisted with the planning and implementation of th
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  • 801 N Negley Ave
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

  • Office located at the Union Project, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh