Category Archives: Member News

DC Water Social Impact Bond

The DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) issued the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) to fund the initial green infrastructure initiative in its DC Clean Rivers Project. This is a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality, creating a healthier future for District residents.  This deal offers a […]

William Penn Foundation commits $100 million to Philadelphia neighborhoods through Rebuild

The William Penn Foundation has announced its intent to commit up to $100 million for the Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative in Philadelphia.  The Foundation’s grant marks the initiative’s largest private investment to date and the largest single grant in Foundation history. This initiative will leverage investments from the Philadelphia Water Department in green stormwater infrastructure.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Green Bonds – A First

This May, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) became the first issuer of a green bond certified under the Water Climate Bonds Standard.  The Climate Bonds Standard lays out criteria for bonds labeled “green” and designated for funding water-related, low carbon initiatives. Proceeds from the $240 million Wastewater Revenue Bond will support sustainable stormwater management and […]

Green City, Clean Waters Exceeds 5 Year Compliance Target

Great news for the field of green infrastructure: Philadelphia’s ambitious green stormwater infrastructure plan, Green City, Clean Waters has exceeded its 5 year compliance target of 744 greened acres by almost a hundred acres, achieving 837 greened acres. Congratulations to the entire Philadelphia team!  More on Philadelphia’s achievement here.

Public Money on Private Lands: WMRD Proposed Legislation and GSI Cost Sharing

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is currently promoting pending House Bill 4659, which advances a Residential Cost Share Program that seeks reduction of basement backup flooding, and elimination of sewer system infiltration and inflow. The proposed legislation would permit MWRD to help fund work on private property, via cost share programs […]

DC Water Green Certification Program

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation have announced that they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Program, which will certify workers who install, inspect and maintain green infrastructure.  It is expected that the program will be refined over next two years.

St. Louis Starts ‘Greenscaping’ on Vacant Lands

The Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District is piloting a green infrastructure program on vacant lands as part of its Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan (CSO LTCP). MSD’s program includes several important approaches which will be illuminating to other cities with large supplies of vacant lands. The partnership pilot with a local economic development […]

Vancouver City Council Passes “Rainwater Plan”

Vancouver City Council has just passed a new Rainwater Management Plan and Green Infrastructure Strategy to capture 90% of the city’s stormwater.  The strategists behind the plan were able to achieve understanding of the plan though key approaches such as calling it a ‘rainwater’ plan and explaining it in non-technical terms that demonstrate how the […]