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SBN Launches the Good Economy Challenge; includes recommendation to advance Green City, Clean Waters

  The Sustainable Business Network has launched the Good Economy Challenge, a targeted campaign to persuade Mayoral and City Council candidates to embrace the challenge of creating a more sustainable local economy ahead of the 2015 election. One of the five recommendations that SBN is advocating for is strong leadership for the advancement of the
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January Quarterly Meeting and Advocacy Platform

Last week, we had our first Quarterly Meeting of 2015.  Despite the unfortunate reschedule from the week prior due to the snow forecast, we had a full room of industry professionals in attendance. We welcomed SBN’s newest employee, Chris Hershberger-Esh, the GSI Partners Program Associate. He has significant administrative responsibilities, including processing GSI Partners membership and
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PA DEP Sets 4 Webinars On March 10, 11 On New Act 162 Stream Buffer Requirements

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a series of four webinars on the implementation of new stream buffer requirements as a result of Act 162— — March 10: Riparian Buffer Equivalency. 10:00. — March 10: Riparian Buffer Offsets. 1:00. — March 11: Riparian Buffer Equivalency. 10:00. — March 11: Riparian Buffer Offsets. 1:00. Click on the webinar title
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GSI Partners Making the Press

The current issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features an article written by Roofmeadow’s Lauren Mandel, called “This is a Test.” The article discusses a 5-year plant evaluation study on the roof of Chicago’s Botanic Garden, and the importance of evidence-based design, which is central to Roofmeadow’s practices. Read more here. Organic Mechanic Soil Company was
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City Releases New Online System for Businesses

Starting this month, the City began rolling out a new online system for businesses, called eCLIPSE. The system will allow businesses to handle a host of routine business transactions online – from applying for and renewing business licenses, to making online payments, viewing outstanding inspections, and searching for pertinent business information. This system has the potential
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A Note from PWD

A Note from PWD is a new monthly feature for 2015. We thank PWD for providing monthly content for this section.  Effective July 1, 2015, the Philadelphia Water Department will update its Stormwater Regulations for private development to meet requirements of the Clean Water Act. These changes include: Water Quality Improvements Business Friendly Improvements Manage more water:
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Three Mayoral Forums You Shouldn’t Miss

Next Great City Coalition’s Mayoral Forum March 3, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PA Convention Center, room 108 A-B Register here. SBN’s Mayoral Forum The Good Economy Challenge April 25, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:0 pm Temple University Fox School of Business Alter Hall Auditorium 1801 Liacouras Walk Register here.  Mayoral Forum on Equitable Development
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$17,000 in GSI Continuing Education Grants Given Since October

Since October, we have granted $17,000 to 13 local business to support professional development for their staff as it relates to their GSI portfolios. SBN’s GSI Partners offer Continuing Education Grants all year for many different types of courses and conferences to help members advance their businesses in the evolving GSI industry. Since October – Here is a snapshot of some
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GSI Partners’ Committee Updates January 2015

Committee Updates – Our Business Engagement Committee has finalized the special topics for our 2015 Quarterly Meeting calendar.  Next, they will develop our 2015 membership growth strategy. Our Plan Review Committee met with PWD to share the findings of our report, PWD’s Stormwater Plan Review: Compliments and Recommendations for Continued Improvements.  It was received favorably, and the Committee will continue
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