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US Mayors Advocate for Urban Parks as Essential Infrastructure

The bipartisan Mayors for Parks coalition recently voiced their support to prioritize urban parks as part of infrastructure spending for 21st century cities. The mayors and municipal leaders pointed to urban parks’ role as mixed use development that address issues related to aging water systems as well as parks abilities to “grow local economies and
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Updated Greenworks Plan includes SBN’s recommendations on GCCW

At the beginning of November, we saw the release of Greenworks, the City of Philadelphia’s updated comprehensive sustainability plan. We were pleased to see the recommendations the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) made to the Office of Sustainability on behalf of our members were incorporated into the final version of the Greenworks plan. SBN’s recommendations focused on
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Recommendations to improve GARP; a collaboration with NRDC for PWD

In July 2014, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) launched an innovative competitive grant program, known as the Greened Acre Retrofit Program, or GARP, to encourage the implementation of green infrastructure on private non-residential property.  GARP’s structure was intended to encourage a 3rd party such as a contractor or design/construction firm to compete for grant funding
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Children & Nature Network study and promote national green schoolyard strategy

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, Richard Louv, recently announced Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities, a partnership with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth Education and Families. This initiative will build off of C&NN’s work to further engage education leaders, policy makers and community leaders to promote green schoolyards
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SBN joins the Green City, Clean Waters Steering Committee

On July 7, we proudly joined Philadelphia Water and several non-profit partners at a kickoff meeting of the GCCW Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will work collaboratively to ensure continued support of GCCW among government agencies, non-profits, media and the public, and to advocate for policies that enhance GCCW implementation. The Steering Committee will also serve as advisors to PWD regarding GCCW and
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Advocacy Committee Continues Feedback with Philadelphia Water on New Manual  

The new Stormwater Management Guidance Manual goes into effect today, July 1st.  Our Advocacy Committee has agreed that they want to conduct a formal review of and comment on this new Manual.  The goal is to highlight aspects of the Manual that support the prioritization of GSI as well as to identify areas that could be
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Good Economy Challenge Off to Strong Start

Our Advocacy Committee has made incredible progress in getting organizational support for the Green City, Clean Waters piece of SBN’s Good Economy Challenge. To date, the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Philadelphia Chapter, PennFuture, the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and the Conservation Voters of PA have all endorsed our call to
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Join a Delegation for SBN’s Good Economy Challenge

Now is your chance to represent SBN and be a part of advocating for the Good Economy Challenge! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be meeting with candidates to discuss our positions, ask for their support of our recommendations, and foster relationships to champion a more sustainable economy in the coming years. Get active and join these delegations!Upcoming Delegation
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Advocacy Committee Update

Related to our three main goals to: 1) maximize the number of greened acres, especially those that are vegetated and innovative, 2) maximize the local economic impact of the public and private investment in GSI, and 3) ensure robust support for the longevity of the Green City, Clean Waters plan, the GSI Partners Advocacy Committee
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Advocacy Committee Update

Our Advocacy Committee is looking forward to an Advocacy Workshop on Thursday, September 11th that will be facilitated by Beth McConnell, Policy Director at the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC).  This exciting workshop will support this Committee’s work to develop a strategy to accomplish our 3 main goals: maximizing the number of greened acres, especially
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