Sustainable Business Network

Meetings

Every quarter, we bring together our members, sponsors, and other GSI professionals for GSI Partners Quarterly Meetings. These meetings provide regular opportunities to:

  • network and build lasting relationships with other industry professionals in the region;
  • hear updates about the GSI Partners’ current work, including our advocacy efforts; and
  • engage in peer learning on best management practices and other relevant industry information.

 

Join us for our next Quarterly Meeting:

April 24, 2018 

8:00-10:30 AM

Temple University Center City Campus, Room 222

To continue to expand vegetative SMPs and other green infrastructure projects within the region and beyond, there is a need for businesses, organizations, governments, and utilities to come together to innovate. While technology and innovative products certainly help with this, advancements in processes that help to implement, maintain, and incentivize practices and tools that take a nature based approach to stormwater management are a necessity. 

With greater uncertainty about growth, urbanization, and patterns of future precipitation events, there is a growing need for communities to facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions to manage our ever evolving stormwater management challenges. These challenges present stakeholders with opportunities to bring forward creative, scalable solutions and create entire new markets through co-operative arrangements such as public-private partnerships.

OptiRTC will highlight how the City of Philadelphia is enabling a collaborative ecosystem across multiple sectors to deliver innovative stormwater solutions across the city and also share some examples of how a variety of organizations have come together to deliver and implement successful stormwater management projects.

Additionally, on the agenda are GSI Partners programmatic updates and structured time for engaging and conversing with your peers. 

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Previous presentations featured:

2018:

  •  Panel discussion featuring  LandStudies Inc., Water Logs LLC, TEND landscape, and the Philadelphia Water Department that discussed how businesses, public officials, and community members and organizations can bring maintenance to the forefront by elevating its value in the workforce, through contracts, and in financing processes that span a GSI project’s entire timeline. (January 2018)

2017:

  • Michelle Kondo, Ph.D. of the USDA-Forest Service led attendees in a closer look at her study on the impact of GSI on community health and safety. The study focused on Philadelphia and highlighted the reduction in narcotics possession and gun violence near treated sites. During the structured networking time, GSI Partners discussed the intended and unintended outcomes of GSI projects (October 2017)
  • Case study presentation by Ground Reconsidered, Inc, Pennoni, and VSBA about the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, particularly as this project relates to public-private partnerships and sustainable stormwater management.  PIDC also joined us to talk briefly about the new market tax credits that helped fund the project.  (August 2017)
  • Domenic Rocco, P.E., Waterways and Wetlands Program Manager at the PA Department of Environmental Protection, presented on stormwater-related regulations in the PA counties immediately surrounding Philadelphia (Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware); the degree to which those regulations encourage the use of vegetated practices; and what, if any, changes can be anticipated. (April 2017)
  • Presentation by Philadelphia Water’s Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services on the performance and cost data from the Evaluation and Adaptation Plan submitted to the EPA on GCCW. (January 2017)
  • Presentation by Philadelphia Water’s Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services on the performance and cost data from the Evaluation and Adaptation Plan submitted to the EPA on GCCW (October 2016).

2016:

2015:

  • Presentation by Andropogon Associates and Meliora Environmental Design on the monitoring the performance of Shoemaker Green.
  • Panel discussion on GSI operation and maintenance, which included the Philadelphia Water Department’s Enforcement Director, a property owner, and a maintenance contractor.
  • Briefing by PWD about upcoming regulatory updates relevant to the GSI industry.
  • Case study by SALT Design Studio about Linwood Park.

Meetings are free for members and sponsors and $25 for non-members.* Breakfast and coffee are provided.

*We often provide complementary tickets to businesses that are interested in becoming members and looking to get acquainted with our network. If this applies to you, please contact our Program Manager at: fran@sbnphiladelphia.org.

We hope to see you at our next Quarterly Meeting!

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A meeting is the perfect place to experience the GSI Partners.  Anyone can attend.  We look forward to seeing you soon!