Newly formed Equinox Project will enhance and expand quality of life research and analysis
CSE has announced a merger with the San Diego-based nonprofit Equinox Center. The union officially creates the Equinox Project, an initiative to be directed by CSE to enhance and expand the work of the former Equinox Center, which focused on environmental, economic and civic affairs in the region.
Since its founding in 2009, the Equinox Center has conducted research and analysis on quality of life issues in the San Diego region. By engaging policymakers, local leaders and other key stakeholders, the Equinox Project will continue this valuable work in San Diego and expand services to other communities in California and other states, according to CSE Executive Director Len Hering, RADM, USN (ret.).
"Equinox Center provides high-quality, transparent data useful for better understanding the intersection of business, government and the environment in San Diego County," Hering said. "As a part of CSE, we look forward to the new Equinox Project delivering innovative solutions that balance regional growth with available resources to help create more vibrant communities."
Equinox Center is well known for its annual San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard. As an initiative at CSE, the Equinox Project will continue to produce this annual resource that measures progress and development related to sustainability and economics. The dashboard also analyzes topics such as energy and water supplies, housing infrastructure, land use and transportation systems.
Among the many policy products that also will continue to be published under the Equinox Project is the H2Overview report series. The reports focus on San Diego County's water supply, providing an ongoing analysis of water issues and solutions such as seawater desalination and purified water recycling.
Equinox Center's Stephen Heverly will join CSE's research and analysis staff as the senior project manager of the newly formed Equinox Project.
"This merger with CSE aligns directly with the vision and values of Equinox Center," said Martin Brown, former Equinox Center board chairman and founding member. "The Equinox Project will continue to measure what matters for the benefit our local region but now will have the potential to replicate that success in other regions of the country."
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After six years as Equinox Center, the Equinox Project was initiated in January 2016 following a merger with the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Now managed by CSE, Equinox Project assists policy-makers, community leaders, decision makers and other stakeholders in crafting better solutions to address community growth challenges in the areas of energy and water resources, housing infrastructure, natural resources and transportation systems. Through in-depth research, policy analysis, communications and convenings, Equinox Project turns research into action to inform and engage the public to help create more vibrant communities.
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