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
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
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
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
Damon Weiss, PE
Phone: (412) 266-2492
Elizabeth Glowczewski, EIT
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.
Marion Divers, Ph.D, GIT
Marion Divers has 10+ years of experience in watershed science, geology, water quality, and higher education. Specialties include nutrient fate and transport, watershed biogeochemistry, urban water quality, infrastructure and watershed/hydrology interactions, intersections with public policy, and implications for water management. She passionately supports efforts to maintain and increase water quality, with a focus on water issues in the Three Rivers area.
Duygu Altintas, EIT
Duygu Altintas is a civil and environmental engineer with a career path focused on all things water. She has experience working with both water scarcity and water abundance, which gives her a unique perspective on the sustainability of water resources. During her 4 years as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, she tackled a wide range of environmental problems within the water/energy nexus, wastewater treatment alternatives, as well as sustainability of critical infrastructure. Her most recent work as a PhD candidate is focused urban wet weather modeling and green infrastructure monitoring. Aside from her solid civil engineering background, Duygu also specializes in data management and visualization.
Power of 32 Energy Baseline
Omega Institute – Adaptive Management and Restoration Planning
YWCA Homewood-Brushton Sustainability Assessment
Braddock Farms Composting Facility
Net Zero Water and Energy Residence
NMRWA Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project
South Side Green Infrastructure Charrette
June 8, 2015
Ethos Collaborative invited to CGI America 2015Ethos Collaborative is pleased to announce that their own Damon Weiss has been invited to the Clinton Global Initiative 2015 event in Denver, Colorado, promoting collaboration and actionable ideas towards developing real-world solutions for economic growth, long-term comp...
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February 24, 2015
New Ethos Collaborative WebsiteEthos Collaborative is pleased to announce our new website at http://www.ethoscollaborative.com. Check back often for new content about water, energy, climate and community-related updates.
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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 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.
Partners and Clients
801 N Negley Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Office located at the Union Project, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh