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Unintended Outcomes

“Rain gardens are like children,” said Dennis Shelly of PEER Environmental, LLC. “You can never really trust them to be alone.”   Because of this, Charles Brenton of Brenton Landscape Architects asserts that project managers could “do a better job communicating with clients about what rain gardens look like years after installation.”   Although this nature-based approach is proven to
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Intended Outcomes

Reduction of stormwater runoff. Improvement in water quality. Mitigation of urban heat island effect. Restoration of natural wildlife habitats. Formation of greened acres and recreation spaces. A boon to the local economy.    These are just a few of the intended environmental, social, and economicbenefits of green stormwater infrastructure   We are now six years into Green City, Clean
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How did Philadelphia’s parks score?

Philadelphia has made many improvements to public parks recently, and people are taking notice. With over 90% of residents, through all income and age demographic areas, able to reach a public park within a ten-minute walk, our city is taking big steps to protect green space. We are improving access to public green space, but
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Growing number of jobs from GSI maintenance

As the public becomes increasingly aware of the potential dangers of stormwater runoff, prevention systems are being monitored more frequently. After a recent survey throughout Baltimore revealed over a quarter of these systems were in disrepair, the city saw an opportunity to benefit the environment as well as their economy by creating training programs to
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The Impact of GSI on Community Health and Safety

Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) installation is lauded for its positive environmental and economic impact, and deservedly so, but this nature-based approach to stormwater management has also had a positive effect on the health and safety of communities where it was implemented.    Michele Kondo, Ph.D. and the USDA Forest Service, Northern Field Station conducted a difference-in-differences analysis
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Letter from Fran Lawn, SBN’s GSI Partners New Program Manager

When SBN first entered the scene in Philadelphia, I recall thinking what makes a business sustainable? And what does it look like for a business to consider more than just profit?   I was intrigued.   My first connection to SBN was almost 15 years ago when a group of landscape professionals convened to figure out how to create a
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Sustainable Stormwater Management: GSI Operations & Maintenance Course

The GSI Operations and Maintenance course, a three-day learning experience, is for landscape professionals seeking to strengthen or develop their service portfolio in the operations and maintenance of public and private green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects.   Click here to register.    The course features two classroom days and one field day, and will provide
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How PowerCorps Helped Steer Paul Johnson’s Career

After spending six months in jail, Paul Johnson was concerned that his criminal record would prevent him from reentering the working world. His parole officer connected him to SBN Member and GSI Partner PowerCorpsPHL, where Johnson was accepted and began learning the skills he needed to advance his career.   Johnson told BillyPenn, “I know it’s hard
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Philadelphia Water Department Recognizes Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as Pioneer in Stormwater Management

Because of the impressive green stormwater infrastructure approaches applied to the design and construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, CHOP is the 2017 Stormwater Pioneers Award winner. “CHOP’s work in University City is a wonderful example of how a major institution can better serve its clients and community while protecting one of our
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Andropogon Staff Among Inaugural Group of SITES Credentials

GSI Partner member Andropogon Associates, Ltd announced that two of their landscape architects are part of inaugural group to earn Sustainable SITES professional credentials.   The Sustainable SITES Initiative is the first program to offer both a comprehensive rating system and professional credential standards for sustainable land development and management. The goals of SITES are “to create
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