We’re a Social Impact Network …

“A group of individuals  … seeking to solve a difficult problem in society by working together, adapting over time, and generating a sustained flow of activities and impacts.” (P. Plastrik, et. al. Connect>Innovate>Scale Up: How Networks Create Systems Change (2022)).

INDIVIDUALS

Local government GSI practitioners in the U.S. and Canada who are planners, landscape architects, engineers, environmental scientists, etc.

PROBLEM

How do we utilize GSI to comply with regulatory requirements to manage stormwater, while also realizing co-benefits that will ameliorate historic inequities in disadvantaged communities?

ACTIVITIES

(1) Peer Learning; (2) Re-grant Program; (3) Leadership & community engagement training; (4) Evidence-building.

IMPACTS

Innovations in GSI practice that will ensure that GSI implementation lives up to its promise as a solution to both stormwater management and improving livability in disadvantaged communities.

… WORKING IN THE U.S. & CANADA …

…TO EFFECT A THEORY OF CHANGE FOR EQUITABLE GSI IMPLEMENTATION

Our Theory of Change Includes 3 Pillars:

 

  1. LEADERSHIP: Building members’ leadership skills through training programs like the Adaptive Leadership Program.
  2. IMPLEMENTATION: Providing members with opportunities to innovate solutions to effective GSI implementation through our Peer Learning & Re-grant Programs, which have resulted in groundbreaking products like The Equity Guide for GSI Practitioners.
  3. EVIDENCE-BUILDING: Making the case for GSI through studies like the State of Public Sector GSI and others available in the GSI Library.

OUR LEADERSHIP

MEMBERS OF THE STRATEGIC PLANNING & POLICY COMMITTEE (SPPC)

Stephanie Chiorean

Stephanie Chiorean

Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie is a Environmental Staff Scientist & Planner with the City of Philadelphia

Irene Ogata

Irene Ogata

Tucson, AZ

Irene is the Urban Landscape Manager for the City of Tucson

Katherine England

Katherine England

Boston, MA

Kate is a planner and the Director of Green Infrastructure

Heidi Horlacher

Heidi Horlacher

Vancouver, BC

Heidi is a Senior Water Resources Specialist

Torrey Lindbo

Torrey Lindbo

Gresham, OR

Torrey is the Water Resources Science & Policy Manager

Beatrice Ohene-Okae (Co-Chair)

Beatrice Ohene-Okae (Co-Chair)

Washington, District of Columbia

Beatrice is an Environmental Protection Specialist at Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)

Claire Maulhardt (Co-Chair)

Claire Maulhardt (Co-Chair)

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Claire is the City Beautiful H2O Program Manager at Capital Region Water

Sally Hoyt, PE

Sally Hoyt, PE

Raleigh, NC

Sally is the Stormwater Plan Review Supervisor and GSI Advocate at City of Raleigh Municipal Government

Lisa Sasso

Lisa Sasso

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee, WI

Lisa is a Project Manager for MMSD

Andy Szatko

Andy Szatko

Omaha, NE

Andy is the Green Infrastructure Maintenance Project Manager

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Denver, CO

Sarah is the Green Infrastructure Manager at the City and County of Denver

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Toronto, Canada

Matt is a Senior Engineer for the City of Toronto

STAFF

Program Manager (Vacant)

Barbara L. Hopkins, Esq, ASLA

Barbara L. Hopkins, Esq, ASLA

Executive Director (Parkville, MD)

Trained as both a lawyer & landscape architect, Barbara spent 13 years as ED of an urban land trust before joining the Exchange in 2022. Prior to that, she practiced law, consulted, & worked for 11 years at Baltimore City Community College, serving as vp for institutional advancement, among other roles.

Veronica Hotton, Ph.D

Veronica Hotton, Ph.D

Education Manager (Portland, OR)

Veronica holds a Ph.D in Education and an MA in Geography, among other degrees. She was previously the Program and Learning Manager for Ecochallenge.org, a nonprofit that focuses on sustainability & climate change education. Veronica also taught at Portland State University.

CONTACT

P.O. Box 6783

Towson, MD 21285

410-657-2657

barbara@giexchange.org

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