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.

WE&RF Opportunities

WE&RF (Water Environment and Reuse Foundation) has several opportunities for cities/utilities implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Lifecycle Cost Study WE&RF is seeking volunteers who can help provide access to data for a study on GSI life cycle costs at the city/municipality level.  Any city/utility implementing GSI can participate.  Please see more information here! Green Infrastructure Innovation Focus Group […]

Faster, Cheaper, Greener

Accelerating Innovative Stormwater Management Towards a Net Positive Future This article is inspired by Dominique Lueckenhoff’s keynote address at the Green Cities Clean Water Exchange September 2015 convening in Philadelphia. Ms. Lueckenhoff posited that green stormwater infrastructure provides cities with both the medium and programmatic flexibility to reform local economies, remake communities and retrofit infrastructure. […]

Member Spotlight – Jane Bacchieri

Jane Bacchieri Watershed Services Group Manager City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services and much appreciated Exchange Programs Committee Member By Tawnee Milko Portland Oregon is a metropolis enmeshed in water. Bordered on the north by the great Columbia River and bisected by the Willamette River, the city provides water-related utilities to more than 600,000 […]

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.