At the 2017 Operation and Maintenance Course* we will address many of these issues. Students will also leave this course with a basic understanding of the regulatory context of stormwater management, BMPs and their components, how to maintain the vegetation and above-ground components using adaptive and prescriptive management techniques, and how to diagnose and respond to safety and performance issues. The course takes place over three days: November 2, 3, and 10.
Although we are proud to convene a community of GSI professionals to share best practices that address unintended outcomes, it is also important to note that sometimes unintended does not solely imply that the outcomes are negative. Especially as it relates to the benefits of GSI, we celebrate the unintended, or at least lesser known, social impact of a nature-based approach to stormwater management.
Join us next week on October 25 at our Quarterly Meeting. Michelle Kondo, Ph.D of the USDA-Forest Service will join us to explore the question: Does GSI Make Our Communities Healthier and Safer?
“Although safety outcomes are not typically included in cost-benefit assessments of GSI programs, our findings indicate that they should be included,” wrote Dr. Kondo.
We look forwarding to you joining the conversation and exploring more deeply the potential for GSI projects to have a positive social impact in our communities. This event will also include
programmatic updates and structured time for networking.
*Need assistance in paying for this year’s Operations and Maintenance Course? GSI Partners are eligible for up to $5,000 in Continuing Education Grants per business per year. Members can use this benefit to pay for O+M course registration. Not a member? Click here to join today.
In addition to access to education grants, GSI Partners enjoy membership within the larger Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) community, increased visibility through our online searchable directory, free access to events including SBN’s policy breakfasts*, and networking opportunities.