Below is a summary of monthly Learning Circles. Exchange members can drop in on any Learning Circle. The Community Calendar is the best place to find Zoom links and dates. Use your member login to access the calendar and meeting links. If you’d like to be added to a specific Learning Circle email roster and calendar for regular updates, contact Veronica (veronica@giexchange.org).

In January, five circles met (Asset Management, Book Group, Design, New Member, and Planning & Resilience) while other circles took a break. For February, there will be four meetings with Greenprint Partners for ongoing work on the GSI Framework (aka Playbook). Most regular circle programing will take a break in February and repurpose their meeting time for the Framework.

Asset Management: In January, Raleigh provided an update on how they continues to advance GSI.

Book Group: In January, we started Nature-Based Solutions for Cities (2023), which is an open access edited collection. We discussed Chapters 1 – 3 (30 pages). In February, we will discuss chapters 4 and 5.

Innovations in Design: In January, Pittsburgh and the Exchange presented their 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference presentation, which is based on the State of Public Sector Green Stormwater Infrastructure.

New Member: In January new members dropped in for an orientations to the Exchange with SPPC (Strategic Planning & Policy Committee) members.

Planning & Resilience: In January, Boston and MARC (Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City region) presented on their organizational structures at different levels and scales (e.g., context, demographics, geographies, small and large institutional frameworks).

Below is summary of monthly Learning Circles and what is coming up next month. Exchange members are welcome to drop in on any Learning Circle. The Community Calendar is the best place to find Zoom links and dates. Use your member login to access the calendar and meeting links. If you’d like to be added to a specific Learning Circle email roster and calendar for regular updates, contact Veronica (veronica@giexchange.org).

For January four circles will meet (Design, Asset Management, Book Group, and Planning & Resilience) while other circles will take a break. If your usual circle is on break, please drop in on another circles!

Asset Management: In January, Raleigh will provide an update on how they continues to advance GSI.

Book Group: In January, we will start Nature-Based Solutions for Cities (2023), which is an open access edited collection. We will discuss Chapters 1 – 3 (30 pages) in January and also scan through the other chapters (16 total chapters) to see if we’d like to continue reading more of this new book. From the book’s homepage: “Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being adopted to address climate change, health, and urban sustainability, yet ensuring they are effective and inclusive remains a challenge. Addressing these challenges through chapters by leading experts in both global south and north contexts, this forward-looking book advances the science of NBS in cities and discusses the frontiers for next-generation urban NBS.”

Innovations in Design: In January, Pittsburgh and the Exchange will present their 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference presentation, which is based on the State of Public Sector Green Stormwater Infrastructure.

Innovations in Funding & Financing: In December, there was a presentation by Rainplan on their Incentive Program Administrator.

New Member: In January, new members can drop in for a new member orientation. Current members are welcome to drop in and members who have been inactive for some time can also make attend the New Member circle.

Maximizing GSI Performance: In December, there was a presentation from Philadelphia about their web-based apps (SHINY) used for GSI monitoring.

Placing Equity at the Center: In December, there was a presentation from Washington, DC about their resilience matrix and Philadelphia presented on their current equity-focused programs.

Planning & Resilience: In January, Boston, and the Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City region) will present on their organizational structures at different levels and scales (e.g., context, demographics, geographies, small and large institutional frameworks), which will be connected to how GSI is planned and implemented.

Below is summary of monthly Learning Circles and what is coming up next month. Exchange members are welcome to drop in on any Learning Circle. The Community Calendar is the best place to find Zoom links and dates. Use your member login to access the calendar and meeting links. If you’d like to be added to a specific Learning Circle email roster and calendar for regular updates, contact Veronica (veronica@giexchange.org).

For December three circles will meet (Funding, Equity and Maximizing Performance) while other circles will take a break. If your usual circle is on break, please drop in on another circles! Members are also encouraged to attend one or both of the two SPPC meetings in December to participate in the leadership and development of the Exchange. The Community Calendar has Zoom links and dates.

Asset Management: In November, Toronto presented an update on their Greenforce TO equity-based workforce development crew. The presentation included the evolution of the program since it’s 2021 pilot year, achievements & challenges. This circle will take a break in December.

Book Group: This month we finished Charleston: Race, Water, and the Coming Storm by Susan Crawford (2023). This circle will take a break in December. In January, we will start Nature-Based Solutions for Cities (2023), which is an open access edited collection. We will discuss Chapters 1 – 3 (30 pages) in January and also scan through the other chapters (16 total chapters) to see if we’d like to continue reading more of this new book. From the book’s homepage: “Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being adopted to address climate change, health, and urban sustainability, yet ensuring they are effective and inclusive remains a challenge. Addressing these challenges through chapters by leading experts in both global south and north contexts, this forward-looking book advances the science of NBS in cities and discusses the frontiers for next-generation urban NBS.”

Innovations in Design: In November, Philadelphia discussed infiltration in sewer and combined systems. This circle will take a break in December.

Innovations in Funding & Financing: In November, Pittsburgh and the Exchange shared their presentation from the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference on the State of Public Sector Green Stormwater Infrastructure from the perspective of the survey results and also from the Pittsburgh perspective featuring projects, funding, and levers. In December, there will have a presentation of Rainplan with their Incentive Program Administrator.

Leadership: In November we discussed managing conflict along with two article: “What Is Psychological Safety at Work? How Leaders Can Build Psychologically Safe Workplaces” and “Leading a Multicultural Team.” This circle will take a break in December.

New Member: In November a few experienced members of the Exchange dropped in to share their experience in GSI and how to make the most of being a member of the Exchange. Potential water utility members from the south east joined the call too. This circle meets every other month and will not meet in December.

Maximizing GSI Performance: In November, the “International Stormwater BMP Database” joined us to talk about their database and other tools and resources. In December, there will be a presentation from Philadelphia about their web-based apps (SHINY) used for GSI monitoring.

Placing Equity at the Center: In November, we did a round robin on equity issues that are coming up recently, which included hiring practices, up/downstream funding differences, and the US federal Justice 40 initiative. In December, there will be a presentation from Washington, DC about their resilience matrix.

Planning & Resilience: In November, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Charlotte presented on their organizational structures at different levels and scales (e.g., context, demographics, geographies, small and large institutional frameworks), which will be connected to how GSI is planned and implemented. This circle will take a break in December.

Below is summary of monthly Learning Circles and what is coming up next month. Exchange members are welcome to drop in on any Learning Circle. The Community Calendar is the best place to find Zoom links and dates (use your member login to access the calendar and meeting links). If you’d like to be added to a specific Learning Circle email roster and calendar for regular updates, contact Veronica (veronica@giexchange.org).

Mid Year Learning Circle Gathering: Thank you to everyone who attended one of the four all-group sessions on October 30th and 31st. Follow up communication will be coming out in the coming days about the Green Infrastructure Framework of Practice (aka “Playbook“) with that the Exchange is working on with “Greenprint Partners.” The Framework will be an organizing framework of GSI principles, best practices, and case examples. And the Framework will be a starting point for developing further strategies that support GSI innovation and continuous learning.

Asset Management: In October, Tucson share their new Asset Management Platform that recently went online. In November, Raleigh will provide an update on how they continues to advance GSI.

Book Group: This month we continued Charleston: Race, Water, and the Coming Storm by Susan Crawford (2023). In November, we will finished the book and discussion topics for readings for 2024 after taking a break in December. Members of the group do not have to have ready everything to participate.

Innovations in Design: In October, Portland was back to continue and share on inlet projects throughout the city. In November, Grand Rapids will share lessons learned on a recent project and Philadelphia will discuss infiltration in sewer and combined systems.

Innovations in Funding & Financing: In October, Washington, DC presented on financing GI through their DC Green Bank. In November, we will use the Exchange’s “The State of Public Sector Green Stormwater Infrastructure” focusing on funding and financing throughout the report. We will discuss what was learned, what questions came, and what kinds of actions steps are possible for agencies and the Exchange.

Leadership: In October we began the “Leadership Self-Assessment” form and will discuss managing conflict in November along with two article: “What Is Psychological Safety at Work? How Leaders Can Build Psychologically Safe Workplaces” and “Leading a Multicultural Team.”

New Member: In November a few senior members of the Exchange will drop in to share their experience in GSI and how to make the most of being a member of the Exchange. This circle meets every other month.

Maximizing GSI Performance: In October, Vancouver will presented on soil health and wetland ecosystems. In November, the “International Stormwater BMP Database” will join us! Drop in for this circle if you want to learn what is new with the database.

Placing Equity at the Center: In October, Tucson presented on their community equity work. In November, we will use the Exchange’s “The State of Public Sector Green Stormwater Infrastructure” focusing on equity section of the report. We will discuss what was learned, what questions came, and what kinds of actions steps are possible for agencies and the Exchange.

Planning & Resilience: In October, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver presented on their organizational structures at different levels and scales (e.g., context, demographics, geographies, small and large institutional frameworks), which will be connected to how GSI is planned and implemented. We will continue with more agencies in November and December.

A month of learning circles has come and gone as we get going into the fall season. Below is summary of what has been happening and what is coming up next month. Exchange members are welcome to drop in on any Learning Circles. The Community Calendar is the best place to find Zoom links and dates (use your member login to access the calendar and meeting links). If you’d like to be added to a specific Learning Circles email roster and calendar for regular updates, contact Veronica (veronica@giexchange.org).

Mid Year Learning Circle Mixer Update: We are closer to having a schedule ready for the late October gathering. We have scaled back to two dates of programing. The times to save on your calendars are these and more information coming in early October:

  • Monday October 30, 10:00 to 12:00pm pacific (1:00pm to 4:00pm eastern)
  • Tuesday October 31, 10:30am to 1:00pm pacific (1:30pm to 4:00pm eastern)

Call for YOUR GSI Programs, Pictures and Videos!: If you have a GSI program, site or short video you would like feature in a blog post, let us know. We are happy to feature you in an upcoming post! I will be at the Canadian Water Resources Association BC Branch Conference the first week of October to represent the Exchange, attend our Vancouver member’s presentation and visit local GSI sites. In a future post, I will report back on the conference and GSI sites throughout Vancouver!

Asset Management: In October, Raleigh will provide an update on how they continues to advance GSI. In September, we held a group discussion using these discussion prompts (1) what mechanisms hold contractors liable (e.g., security/hold backs) and how effective are they, (2) what mechanisms ensure plants reach maturity (e.g., warranty period, capitalized establishment cost for operations and maintenance, etc.), and (3) how does your agency verify that the asset was constructed per design/as-builts (e.g.. inspection protocol, performance verification)?

Book Group: This month we started Charleston: Race, Water, and the Coming Storm by Susan Crawford (2023). For October, the discussions will cover through chapter 7. Members of the group do not have to have ready everything to participate. We will finish the book in November.

Innovations in Design: In September, there was be a presentation on outlet and right of way projects in Portland, Oregon. And in October, Portland will be back to continue and share on inlet projects.

Innovations in Funding & Financing: In October, Washington, DC will present on financing GI through their DC Green Bank.

Leadership: In September, we discussed the 16 Personalities results to consider how well the results connect and also how the results relate leadership. Over the next three months we will be use this Leadership Self-Assessment and the topical areas from the self-assessment: (1) Understands Leadership, (2) Is Self Aware, (3) Practices Ethical Behavior, (4) Sustains Leadership, (5) Values Diversity, (6) Enhances Communication Skills, (7) Manages Conflict, (8) Develops Teams, and (9) Commits to Serving Others. Each month we will cover about three of the topics.

New Member: In September, new members dropped in to get an overview of the Exchange and Learning Circle programs. We meet every other month and in November a few senior members of the Exchange will drop in to share their experience in GSI and how to make the most of being a member of the Exchange

Maximizing GSI Performance: In September, we will discussed data that was collected by learning circle members that included stormwater flow, water quality, infiltration, and plant health. In October, Vancouver will present on soil health.

Placing Equity at the Center: In September, three members (Boulder County, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; and Washington, DC) presented on their equity work in practice. In October a couple more members will present on their work including Philadelphia, PA and Tucson, AZ.

Planning & Resilience: In September, we discussed the Exchange’s Climate Resilience Resources Guide: Part 1. In October, a couple cities will present on their organizational structures at different levels and scales (e.g., context, demographics, geographies, small and large institutional frameworks), which will be connected to how GSI is planned and implemented.

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