"Modeling Sustainability"


On April 11, 2013, NSE participated as a mentor for "Green Roof Workshop for Design Professionals" sponsored by sponsored by Onondaga County Save the Rain and the Green Roof Working Group Advisory Committee.

NSE's Study of Rainwater Harvesting Quality was published in the Winter 2012 (Vol 42, No. 4) issue of NYWEA's ClearWaters.  The study was sponsored by the Environmental Finance Center of Syracuse University.

On December 3, 2012 we submitted a patent application and now have "patent pending" (#13691869) status for"A Retrofit Catch Basin for Use in Storm Water Management Practice The concept is a device that allows an existing catch basin assembly to be retrofitted to divert flow to an alternative stormwater practice such as green infrastructure, while allowing the existing structure to serve as an overflow structure for the practice.  

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Onondaga County is announcing a two year Demonstration Program, the Green Improvement Fund (“GIF”), to provide financial assistance for the installation of Green Infrastructure projects on eligible privately owned properties (commercial, business, and 501(c)3 owned properties) in the Clinton/Harbor Brook Combined Sewersheds in the City of Syracuse (map).  Let Natural Systems Engineering assist you with preparation of your application!  

Design of a Green Infrastructure “Retrofit” as an Alternative to Conventional Stormwater Management for a Residential Subdivision appears in the Proceedings of the 2010 International 
Low Impact Development Conference, April 11–14, 2010, San Francisco, California.  The paper discusses feasibility and design of porous pavements at a site with seasonally high groundwater conditions in a northern climate.

NSE is featured in the Syracuse Post-Standard's March/April 2010 Green Central New York Magazine insert. 

NSE presented the poster Green stormwater infrastructure as a “retrofit” alternative to conventional stormwater management for a proposed housing development in Syracuse, New York at Healthy Buildings 2009, 9th International Conference & Exhibition, September 13-17, Syracuse, New York.

Patent currently pending (# 12/465,809) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a Constant Pressure Rainwater Harvesting Distribution Device and System

A paper co-authored by NSE's Principal Kyle E. Thomas, was published in ASCE's peer-reviewed Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.   The paper "Improving Estimates of Simulated Runoff Quality and Quantity Using Road-Enhanced Land Cover Data," appears in the Journal's April 2009 Special Issue: Impervious Surfaces in Hydrologic Modeling and Monitoring (Vol. 14, No. 4, 346-351). 

On January 5, 2009 Kyle E. Thomas, P.E., LEED® AP, was elected to the Board of Directors for the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter.

NSE presented the poster Porous pavement as a stormwater management technique for a LEED® green build project in the Onondaga Lake TMDL watershed at the 8th Annual Symposium on Environmental & Energy Systems presented by the Syracuse Center of Excellence.  OnCenter, Syracuse, New York.  September 29 & 30, 2008.

In cooperation with the Syracuse Center of Excellence NSE sponsored a booth at the "Sustainably Energizing New York's Creative Core" conference held at the Onondaga County Convention Center, July 17-18, 2008. 


Thomas, K.E., and D. Wible.  Design of a Green Infrastructure “Retrofit” as an Alternative to Conventional Stormwater Management for a Residential Subdivision.   Proceedings of the 2010 International Low Impact Development Conference, April 11–14, 2010, San Francisco, California. 

Thomas, K.E., and T.A. Endreny. Improving National Land Cover Database Estimates of Road Network Impervious Cover Using Vector Road Networks in GIS. Surveying and Land Information Science68(1): 21-7. March 2008. 

Endreny, T.A., and K.E. Thomas. Improving estimates of simulated runoff quality and quantity using road
enhanced land cover data. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (in press). 

Thomas, K.E., and R.D. Williams. 
A Visual MODFLOW and MT3D Model To Support Remediation of a Petroleum Contamination Site Using In-Situ Chemical Oxidation. National Ground Water Association® Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Ground Water®: Prevention, Assessment, and Remediation Conference, Houston, Texas. November 6-7, 2006. 

Endreny, T.A., and K.E. Thomas. Improving Transportation Area Estimates in the NLCD Using Vector Road Networks. 22nd New York State GIS Conference 2006. Lake Placid, New York. October 23-24, 2006. 

Thomas, K.E., J.M. Hassett, and T.A. Endreny. Adequacy of an Industry Standard BASINS-based Watershed Loading Model (SWAT) for Evaluation of Water Quality Impacts for a Small Catchment in the New York City Watershed: 7th Annual Conference on Watershed Protection. New York City Watershed Science and Technical Conference. Fishkill, New York. September 21-22, 2005

Thomas, K.E., A. Alexander, and A. Raza.  An Interactive Graphical Interface for Hierarchical Classification of Data Generated Through Individual Particle Analysis. SAS® Users Group International (SUGI) Conference, 23rd annual meeting. Nashville, TN. March 22-25, 1998