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 (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 […]
The US Water Alliance coordinated an open letter from several national water sector associations to the president-elect advocating to “make water a cornerstone”.
Our colleagues at the Willamette Partnership and the National Network of Water Quality Trading organized a three-day workshop to brainstorm how economic incentives can drive stormwater management. READ MORE ⇢
This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review explores the uses for, and arguments against, green bonds, which they say have experienced explosive growth and are valued at almost $42 billion worldwide in 2015.
This project by WE&RF assesses various frameworks that could be used to develop a national testing and verification program for stormwater products and practices.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.