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TEND Landscapes, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, and Fine Garden Creations complete Rittenhouse Square renovation

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia’s iconic six-acre park, recently completed its first renovation since 1913. GSI Partner members TEND Landscapes, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, and Fine Garden Creations were contracted by Friends of Rittenhouse Square to create a plan that would respect the park’s history, improve its function, and maintain it using organic methods.  Read more about
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Green City, Clean Waters: 5 Down, 20 to Go!

Congratulations to the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Water (PWD) for surpassing the five year goals of Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), Philadelphia’s groundbreaking agreement to reduce stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows by investing in green stormwater infrastructure. Over 440 green stormwater infrastructure tools have greened almost 840 acres, keeping more than 1.5 billion gallons
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Plant Performance in GSI: Symposium Recap

On June 27, SBN’s GSI Partners and DVGBC hosted the second of two peer-to-peer symposia exploring dynamic performance aspects of GSI. The symposium, held at Lea Elementary School, focused on plant performance in green stormwater infrastructure systems. Walter Yerk, Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University, presented his research on rainfall interception by shrubs and vegetated canopies; Sasha Eisenman, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of
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Stroud Water Research Center Tour

On Saturday, June 25, a group of GSI Partners made the trip out to Avondale, PA to tour Stroud’s award winning facility and grounds, including the stormwater and wastewater features.   A huge thank you to David Arscott, Ph.D., Assistant Director and Research Scientist at Stroud, for spending a good chunk of his Saturday with us, and
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Soil Performance in GSI: Symposium Recap

On May 25th, SBN’s GSI Partners and DVGBC hosted the first of two peer-to-peer symposia to convene local industry professionals for a facilitated conversation around dynamic performance aspects of GSI. Truly green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), i.e. the vegetated practices, are systems that demonstrate the dynamic relationship between water, soil, and plants.   The first symposium
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GSI Partners/BIA Green Committee Design Charrette

On May 12, the BIA’s Green Committee, along with SBN’s GSI Partners, facilitated a Design Charrette on Options for Residential Stormwater Management to explore innovative opportunities for managing run-off from residential developments, especially the smaller projects that don’t currently trigger PWD’s Post-Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Requirements.  Engineers, architects, landscape architects, and developers all put their heads together,
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GSI Partners April Quarterly Meeting: “Getting the Water Right” @ Stroud

Wednesday April 27th’s Quarterly Meeting featured Stoud Water Research Center, winner in the Excellence in GSI Private Project category. Stroud’s Vice President, David Arscott, presented with Michele Adams from Meliora, Jose Alminana from Andropogon, and Peter Johnson from ThinkGreen.  They shared details on aspects of the planning, design, build, and maintenance of many of the incredible features that enabled this project to meet
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Office of Sustainability Kicks Off Greenworks Engagement Sessions

Mayor Kenney reaffirmed his commitment to Philadelphia’s sustainability plans by announcing a series of public engagement opportunities designed to solicit input from stakeholders on the next version of Greenworks, the City’s sustainability framework.   The new Greenworks will build upon the success of the first program, launched in 2009. That 8-year plan had five areas
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And the Winners of the 2016 Excellence in GSI Awards are…!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the First Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony a success!  On behalf of the Sustainable Business Network, and the GSI Partners, thank you to: All Attendees, Finalists, Winners, our Sponsors and Funders, the Nomination and Selection Committee, Christine Knapp and Chris Crockett, the Roberts Event Group, 12th Street
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Howard Neukrug to Receive Leadership Award at the Inaugural Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony

By a unanimous decision, the Excellence in GSI Awards Committee named Howard Neukrug, the former commissioner of Philadelphia Water (PWD), the winner of the 2016 Award for Leadership in GSI. Neukrug has been a visionary in sustainable water management, spearheading the green stormwater infrastructure movement within Philadelphia, and leading the City to become the national
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