Following the grant award, the Asset Management project team’s initial primary focus was on coordinating the contract documents and bringing consultants on-board, as well as establishing a detailed work plan in the first stretch of the project. The project’s purpose is to develop a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Asset Management Resources Toolkit, which will include case studies, example plans, and guidelines to support Exchange members in establishing effective GSI Asset Management programs.
In the first couple of months of the project, the team executed contracts with two consultants – Southwest Environmental Finance Centre (SWEFC) (through University of New Mexico) and Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) – and laid out a detailed timeline of deliverables that clearly outlined roles and responsibilities, alongside due dates. Major milestones of the project will include:
- A high-level asset management scan, including review of feedback to the Asset Management survey provided to all Exchange member agencies in 2019-20 and updated recently, plus review of SWEFC’s 2020 Green Infrastructure Convening Report and any other applicable literature
- Identifying and interviewing Exchange member agencies with more mature GSI AM programs
- An introductory training by SWEFC and GIO on grey AM and introduction of new GSI AM framework
- A facilitated workshop for Exchange members that identifies common pain points, challenges, and lessons learned about GSI AM among member agencies, plus other information important to the process
- A series of collaborative workshops with participating Exchange member agencies to create an AM base plan focused on one GSI asset, “beta test” the new SWEFC GSI AM framework, and gather case studies and feedback
- Compiling all components into a final Asset Management Resources Toolkit
After outlining key deliverables, the group kicked off the first phase of project work by sending out an Asset Management survey to all Exchange members requesting updates to a previous survey circulated in 2019-2020, to capture any new advancements in asset management that might be applicable, as well as to identify appropriate Exchange members for the interviews. This is a highly interactive project that will include multiple opportunities for Exchange member participation and contribution throughout the full cycle of the grant. Below are 2 such opportunities, coming up soon.
2 TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP SOON!
The project team, in partnership with the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and South West Environmental Finance Centre, will present two workshops over the next couple of months to highlight major milestones and collect additional data towards the development of the Asset Management Toolkit.
- Training on Integrated Grey & Green Asset Management: First, mark your calendar and plan to join a session on the rollout of the new Integrated Grey and Green Asset Management Framework developed by the Southwest Environmental Finance Centre (SWEFC). The session will be held on April 13, 2021 at 10am-12:30pm PT / 11am-1:30pm MT / 1:00-3:30pm ET. The first part of the session will cover asset management basics. A detailed agenda will be sent to all registrants closer to the date. Please register in advance here and contact Hayley Hajic (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
- Facilitated Workshop on Common Pain Points, Challenges & Lessons around Asset Management: Next, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) will host a 6-hour facilitated workshop for Exchange peer agencies on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8am-2pm PT / 11am-5pm ET to identify common pain points, challenges of and lessons learned about developing a green stormwater infrastructure asset management program or plan. This workshop will inform beta testing of the SWEFC Grey and Green Infrastructure Asset Management Planning Framework and the development of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Asset Management Resources Toolkit, which will be available to all Exchange members upon completion. With questions or to register, please contact Tracy Timmins (email@example.com). A detailed agenda will be sent to registrants closer to the date.
With any questions about this grant project, please reach out to Kristina Hausmanis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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