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PWD Comment Letter and Follow Up Around Regulatory Updates

Since February, we’ve been keeping you abreast of our communications with PWD relating to our formal comments on the regulatory updates, as well as our subsequent March meeting to discuss the regulatory updates and our comment letter. We discussed a lot in that meeting and in various forums since. As such, we wanted to follow
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Updates on Comment Letter Regarding Regulatory Updates 

Back in February, our Advocacy Committee, in partnership with Larry Levine from the NRDC and Mike Helbing from Penn Future, and with signatory support from DVGBC, we wrote a substantive comment letter to PWD about the July 2015 regulatory update.  We expressed our support Green City, Clean Waters and for making regulatory updates that would
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New Monitoring Grant RFP Released

We are still seeking a consultant to manage the development of the GSI Partners’ Monitoring Grant. We didn’t feel comfortable hiring based on the proposals we received in the first round, so we’ve released this new revised version, and invite you to share it with your relevant networks.

Next Quarterly Meeting Topic Announced

The October 27th GSI Partners’ Quarterly Meeting will feature a case study, presented by Andropogon Associates and Meliora Design, of their monitoring data from Shoemaker Green, their  award winning 3.75 acre site on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. In addition, the meeting will also include GSI Partner updates, but with a revamped format. We’ll also have plenty of
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SBN Receives $300,000 Grant Renewal from Surdna for the GSI Partners 

SBN’s GSI Partners received a significant grant renewal from the Surdna Foundation this month. These funds will allow us to continue supporting the GSI Partners through continuing education grants, program expenses, staff time and other projects. Additionally these funds will allow SBN to expand our policy, advocacy, and local procurement work, including that which relates
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Planning for Awards Ceremony Moving Forward

The committee planning the GSI Partners Awards Ceremony has finalized the award categories and is working to finalize the nomination form. We also held a kickoff meeting with our event planning (Roberts Events Group) and PR Team (Cashman and Associates) last week and are beginning to search for a venue. We will publicize the nomination form once it’s
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Plan Review and Advocacy Committees Continue Work on Guidance Manual Review

The GSI Partners’ Plan Review and Advocacy Committees are continuing to review and draft comments on PWD’s updated Stormwater Management Guidance Manual, which was released in July. We’re focused on what has improved to support and incentivize green, what still could be improved, and how we expect these changes to impact our businesses/members. If you are interested in helping
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