Sustainable Business Network

About the GSI Partners

The Sustainable Business Network’s (SBN) Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners is a signature initiative of SBN working to advance the local GSI industry, innovation, and the local economy as it relates to GSI. 

Formed in 2012 in response to Philadelphia’s ambitious and innovative stormwater management plan, Green City, Clean Waters, SBN’s GSI Partners advocate for the greenest approaches to be facilitated and incentivized as much as possible, and for the public and private investment to remain as local as possible. Members include locally-owned engineering and landscape architecture firms; landscape design, build, and maintenance firms; and material suppliers whose services and products pertaining to GSI.  Many of SBN’s GSI Partners are recognized as industry experts, locally, regionally, and nationally.

Our strategy for accomplishing this includes:

1. Coalition-Building

Our network brings together a wide range of GSI stakeholders working together to share knowledge, advance the industry, and advance innovation. The unique collaboration of private and public partners allows for progression towards our shared goal of maximizing the environmental, economic, and social impact of Green City, Clean Waters.

2. Advocacy

We advocate for better facilitation and incentivization of GSI. Our advocacy is focused on processes, policies, and codes that improve the permitting process, increase private sector demand, keep investment local, and encourage capital investment from other city agencies.

3. Professional Development

We support the advancement of the GSI industry by creating regular opportunities for sharing of best practices, and by advancing the skills of individual businesses and employees through continuing education opportunities. We offer grants to our member businesses to take courses and gain certifications that help them advance in the GSI industry. We also launched the region’s first GSI Operation and Maintenance course in 2015 and plan to offer it annually.

Find out what we’re doing to advance the local GSI industry. Become a GSI Partner today to begin receiving the full benefits of the GSI Partner and SBN Membership!