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Congratulations to the Monitoring Grant Recipients

SBN, via the GSI Partners, developed a monitoring grant pilot program to support data collection on the performance of private GSI projects and encourage its dissemination. Further data collection of these sites will support the GSI Partners objectives for research and innovation to advance the state-of-the-art of the GSI industry.   We congratulate the following
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January Quarterly Meeting Recap

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the GSI Partners gathered at Temple University Center City for our January Quarterly Meeting. At this meeting, we recognized all the work the GSI Partners and its members have accomplished in 2016 and looked ahead to 2017.   Highlights of our review included our advocacy efforts to reaffirm and prioritize
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Philadelphia launches green jobs plan

The City of Philadelphia is advancing its ambitious plan to create 10,000 green jobs over the next 10 years. The Philadelphia Energy Campaign is part of the Philadelphia Energy Authority’s plan to create energy efficiencies, taxpayer savings and sustainable jobs. The $1 billion investment will be aimed at municipal buildings, public schools, low and moderate
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Chicago collects real-time data on green infrastructure

A consortium of Chicago city agencies, institutions of higher education, and private sector companies are partnering to test and collect data on different SMPs using sensors and cloud computing. Chicago has already established two locations, which include a bioswale and a street with permeable pavement, as the pilot locations for tracking and recording data on precipitation,
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Congratulations to PWD’s Marc Cammarata

SBN congratulates Marc Cammarata on his recent appointment to be Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services at the Philadelphia Water Department. Prior to his appointment, Marc was Director of the Office of Watersheds, leading the implementation of Green City, Clean Waters, and playing a key role in meeting and exceeding the targets set for
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CA recognizes green infrastructure & funnels dollars to conserve natural resources

The state of California has taken a major step in combating their long history of water conservation issues. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2480, which declared that “source watersheds are recognized and defined as integral components of California’s water infrastructure.” With this law, California can now invest billions of dollars in infrastructure finance towards the
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Penn researchers calculate the cost of urban blight

The University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Health Lab recently published a longitudinal study that calculated the financial impacts and economic returns of eliminating local, urban blight. The research team studied over 6,000 abandoned buildings and vacant lots across Philadelphia and calculated that cost of remediation at about $2,550 and $1,597, respectively, with an additional $180 in annual
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William Penn Foundation invests $100 Million in the Rebuild initiative

In November the William Penn Foundation made an announcement of their historic investment of $100 Million to the Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative (“Rebuild”) as part of Mayor Kenney’s plan to transform city parks, libraries, recreation centers, and playgrounds to enhance community life in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. In a press release, Shawn McCaney, the William Penn Foundation’s interim
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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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Mayor Michael Nutter recognized by ASLA with the Olmstead Medal

At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in New Orleans, the Honorable Michael Nutter was bestowed the Olmstead Medal. The Olmstead Medal recognizes “individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for their environmental leadership, vision and stewardship”. Mayor Nutter was recognized for championing several initiatives during his
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