Every quarter, we bring together our members, sponsors, and other GSI professionals for GSI Partners Quarterly Meetings. These meetings provide regular opportunities to:
- network and build lasting relationships with other industry professionals in the region;
- hear updates about the GSI Partners’ current work, including our advocacy efforts; and
- engage in peer learning on best management practices and other relevant industry information.
Previous presentations featured:
- Representatives from the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership presented on cross-municipality collaborative efforts to improve water quality by addressing stormwater throughout the Wissahickon Watershed.
- The Trust for Public Land presented on their Climate-Smart Cities interactive decision tool for Philadelphia
- SBN shared updates and facilitated a discussion related to inconsistencies on the strategic direction of Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s nature-based approach to stormwater management.
- SBN Member, Gilmore & Associates presented a case study from their North American Street Project. The American Street Improvement project consists of a two-mile roadway revitalization with a focus on improving accessibility and safety for all corridor users, providing significant green stormwater infrastructure facilities to treat roughly 1.4 million gallons of rainwater (more than 50 “greened-acres”), while preserving and investing in the corridor’s remaining industries.
- The Philadelphia Water Department shared recent updates to their Stormwater Management Grants program as well as new resources and tools in the works to support the private sector’s implementation of GSI throughout the city.
- OptiRTC and Villanova University’s Center for Resilient Water Systems presented a case study highlighting how partnerships in the GSI industry are enabling a collaborative ecosystem across multiple sectors to deliver innovative stormwater solutions across the city. Presenters shared how public, private, and academic organizations have come together to deliver and implement successful stormwater management projects and relevant performance data.
- Panel discussion featuring LandStudies Inc., Water Logs LLC, TEND landscape, and the Philadelphia Water Department that discussed how businesses, public officials, and community members and organizations can bring maintenance to the forefront by elevating its value in the workforce, through contracts, and in financing processes that span a GSI project’s entire timeline. (January 2018)
- Michelle Kondo, Ph.D. of the USDA-Forest Service led attendees in a closer look at her study on the impact of GSI on community health and safety. The study focused on Philadelphia and highlighted the reduction in narcotics possession and gun violence near treated sites. During the structured networking time, GSI Partners discussed the intended and unintended outcomes of GSI projects (October 2017)
- Case study presentation by Ground Reconsidered, Inc, Pennoni, and VSBA about the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, particularly as this project relates to public-private partnerships and sustainable stormwater management. PIDC also joined us to talk briefly about the new market tax credits that helped fund the project. (August 2017)
- Domenic Rocco, P.E., Waterways and Wetlands Program Manager at the PA Department of Environmental Protection, presented on stormwater-related regulations in the PA counties immediately surrounding Philadelphia (Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware); the degree to which those regulations encourage the use of vegetated practices; and what, if any, changes can be anticipated. (April 2017)
- Presentation by Philadelphia Water’s Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services on the performance and cost data from the Evaluation and Adaptation Plan submitted to the EPA on GCCW. (January 2017)
- Presentation by Philadelphia Water’s Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services on the performance and cost data from the Evaluation and Adaptation Plan submitted to the EPA on GCCW (October 2016).
- Presentation of our GSI Precedent Library with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.
- Case study by Meliora Design, Andropogon, and ThinkGreen, LLC about stormwater management at Stroud Water Research Center’s Moorhead Environmental Complex.
- Presentation by Econsult Solutions of their findings from the Economic Impact of Green City Clean Waters: The First Five Years.
- Presentation by Andropogon Associates and Meliora Environmental Design on the monitoring the performance of Shoemaker Green.
- Panel discussion on GSI operation and maintenance, which included the Philadelphia Water Department’s Enforcement Director, a property owner, and a maintenance contractor.
- Briefing by PWD about upcoming regulatory updates relevant to the GSI industry.
- Case study by SALT Design Studio about Linwood Park.
Meetings are free for members and sponsors and $25 for non-members.* Breakfast and coffee are provided.
*We often provide complementary tickets to businesses that are interested in becoming members and looking to get acquainted with our network. If this applies to you, please contact our Program Manager at: [email protected].
We hope to see you at our next Quarterly Meeting!
A meeting is the perfect place to experience the GSI Partners. Anyone can attend. We look forward to seeing you soon!