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GSI Partner member, Azavea, releases online tools to map and model watersheds impact

GSI Partner member, Azavea, recently released updated versions of two web-based applications, Model My Watershed and Micro Site Run Off Model. The applications are the product of collaboration between Azavea and the Stroud Water Research Center to provide the data and impact modeling of regional water quality to citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, educators, and
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NRDC promotes DC’s use of Environmental Impact Bonds

The Natural Resource Defense Council recognized DC Water, the District of Columbia’s Water and Sewer Authority, for their innovative use of Environmental Impact Bonds to finance their investment in green infrastructure. NRDC noted green infrastructures’ rise as a mainstream stormwater management practice and shared details on DC’s innovative finance structure that incorporates green infrastructure’s performance
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Andropogon Associates receives ASLA Honor Award

GSI Partners member, Andropogon Associates, was recently recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects for their collaborative three-year study of the role of vegetation, soil, and adaptive management performance in urban green infrastructure. The designers and scientific researchers monitored the site’s runoff volume, water quality, soils, and vegetation to better understand the infrastructure’s performance
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Philly proposes to exempt community gardens from stormwater charges

The Philadelphia Water Department has proposed exempting community gardens from paying monthly stormwater management service fees, which are based on the property’s gross area square footage and the impervious area square footage. “The rate change, which was mandated by a Philadelphia City Council ordinance that Mayor Kenney signed in June, would apply to 286 known community
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Recap of Cira Green Tour with Roofmeadow

On a beautiful and warm Thursday evening in August, GSI Partners members and supporters gathered at Cira Green for a twilight tour and happy hour. Cira Green, a project by GSI Partner member Roofmeadow, is a breath-taking public recreation space that overlooks Center City, University City, and the Schuylkill River trail. Roofmeadow’s Jane Winkel and
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Recommendations to improve GARP; a collaboration with NRDC for PWD

In July 2014, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) launched an innovative competitive grant program, known as the Greened Acre Retrofit Program, or GARP, to encourage the implementation of green infrastructure on private non-residential property.  GARP’s structure was intended to encourage a 3rd party such as a contractor or design/construction firm to compete for grant funding
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Philadelphia Land Bank welcomes 2 new Board Members, including SBN’s own, Anna Shipp!

This month the Philadelphia Land Bank welcomed two new board members including Anna Shipp, Project Manager of SBN’s GSI Partners! The Philadelphia Land Bank is a quasi-governmental board that oversees the transfer and reuse of tax-delinquent or vacant property for public benefit or to be resold for re-development. The board includes lawyers, policy experts, and government administrators. 
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Children & Nature Network study and promote national green schoolyard strategy

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, Richard Louv, recently announced Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities, a partnership with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth Education and Families. This initiative will build off of C&NN’s work to further engage education leaders, policy makers and community leaders to promote green schoolyards
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Clean Water Act Task Force will improve inter-agency coordination for GCCW

We are excited to learn that the Kenney Administration is moving forward on the convening of a Clean Water Act Task Force, which will include representatives of many City agencies who will work collaboratively among themselves and with other stakeholders to achieve the goals of the federal Clean Water Act and the City’s priority to
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SBN joins the Green City, Clean Waters Steering Committee

On July 7, we proudly joined Philadelphia Water and several non-profit partners at a kickoff meeting of the GCCW Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will work collaboratively to ensure continued support of GCCW among government agencies, non-profits, media and the public, and to advocate for policies that enhance GCCW implementation. The Steering Committee will also serve as advisors to PWD regarding GCCW and
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