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New Study Examines Jobs in the Urban Forest

A study from PolicyLink and Ecotrust titled, “Jobs & Equity in the Urban Forest” examines the economic, ecological, and social impacts of existing community-based urban forestry investments and related green infrastructure facilities.   “This report documents a growing group of policies, public initiatives, and workforce development programs in urban forestry and related green infrastructure occurring
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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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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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SBN Briefs City Council on Local Economic Impact Report

On February 24th, SBN briefed Philadelphia City Council on the Economic Impacts of Green City, Clean Waters: The First Five Years. The briefing, hosted by Philadelphia City Councilman-at-large Derek S. Green, provided Council members and staff with the opportunity to hear a summary of the report’s findings as well as first-hand perspectives from local green stormwater infrastructure
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SBN Releases Report Assessing the Local Economic Impact of GSI

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) releases report assessing the Local Economic Impact of the First Five Years of Green City, Clean Waters.   This highly anticipated report, executed by Econsult Solutions, has interest from many local, regional, and national organizations, as well as members of City Council.   This report assesses the local
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Econsult Presents Report at GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting

GSI Partners and other stakeholders attended our first Quarterly Meeting of 2016 on January 27th, where Econsult unveiled their findings from the much-anticipated GSI Local Economic Impact Report. They project that GSI investment as a result of Green City, Clean Waters will generate $3 billion in economic growth in Philadelphia over the next and create
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