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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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Cerulean LLC honored with Legacy Award

GSI Partner member Cerulean LLC and its owner, Susan Harris, were recently honored by Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) with the Legacy Award at their annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony. This year’s ceremony took place on May 24, and recognized TTF’s outstanding partners ranging from volunteers to corporate stewards.   Susan was recognized for her 12 years
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Urban Land Institute Publishes Report on Real Estate and Rain Water

Philadelphia has been highlighted again in a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate. The report takes a particular focus on the opportunities for green stormwater infrastructure in the real estate industry and the role it can play in helping to manage stormwater.
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 Philadelphia Serving as a Green Infrastructure Pioneer

Mayor Kenney helped kickoff Infrastructure Week, which took place May 15 through the 19, by writing an op-ed for the Brookings Institute on the successes of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW). The article points to GCCW’s environmental successes and highlights the next wave of workforce development opportunities and contract opportunities for small and local
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New Report Explores Green Infrastructure Workforce

A new study, Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce, from Jobs For The Future examines the current green infrastructure workforce and opportunities for growth. The intent of the study was to focus on the public and private jobs involved in the direct construction, maintenance, and monitoring of urban green infrastructure. The report contains recommendations to the green infrastructure
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