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Opti wants to stop floods before they happen

As climate change brings increasingly frequent natural disasters, flooding has become more prevalent in communities across the globe. GSI Partners Annual Sponsor Opti is ready to change how communities can respond, even before flooding occurs. Their new technology not only helps predict increases in rainwater but also controls water storage levels in retention ponds to
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Recap: October’s Quarterly Meeting

At the last Quarterly Meeting of 2017, GSI Partners clustered into small groups to share how intended and unintended outcomes have made an impact on their projects. During this guided networking time, attendees discussed how they addressed unexpected circumstances that arose throughout each stage of a project’s timeline. In some cases, surprises caused GSI professionals
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Intended and Unintended Outcomes

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thinking a lot about the intended and unintended impacts of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). As with any project planning and implementation process, GSI projects are accompanied by their fair share of intended and unintended outcomes throughout the span of their timelines.   While at the base of its
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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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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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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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