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FOCUS AREAS

LONG TERM FOCUS AREAS

At the 2019 Annual Meeting, we collectively explored our network’s mission and purpose. The ideas we generated helped us articulate a refined mission: to build a playbook that anyone can use to implement green infrastructure more equitably and affordably.

The Exchange Planning Committee used that to develop the following list of long term focus areas based on the question: “What would the chapters of a green infrastructure playbook be?” The list has been updated to reflect feedback from our 2020 Annual Meeting Network Planning Session.

These focus areas will help our network continue to develop our strategies and programs with an awareness of our long term, big picture goals.

**Indicates related workgroup underway OR resources under development or available through grant program

For a closer look at each of the long-term focus areas and related details, click here.

2020 FOCUS AREAS

During our Annual Meeting in May, our members determine the topics that are of highest priority to them for the coming year. Those topics become peer learning workgroups, through which members meet monthly to share resources, knowledge, and lessons learned with one another and advance their collective knowledge of GSI and their efforts within their respective locations.

EQUITY

Building on the work from the prior year, focused on continuing to (1) share their experiences and lessons learned with one another and (2) compile resources on various subtopics related to equity, including distributional equity, procedural equity, metrics, budget challenges, and current events.

DETAILS & SPECIFICATIONS

Building on the work from the prior year, focused on (1) advancing best practices and peer learning around details and specifications topics such as orifice/flow control, permeable pavement, utility conflicts, and performance testing/standards, and (2) continuing to develop, curate and expand the GI Exchange GSI Library.

GIS EVALUATION/PRIORITIZATION & SITE SELECTION

Focused on compiling “case studies” of its various members to synthesize the different approaches being taken to scoring and prioritization methods.

FUNDING & FINANCING: LOANS, GRANTS, STORMWATER FEES & NEW FUNDING APPROACHES

Focused on collecting resources related to topics such as stormwater fees, alternative/innovative public financing options, private GSI related financing issues, and incentives/grants.

MAINTENANCE

Building on the work from the prior year, focused on an exploration of tools for assessing and designing for reduced life cycle costs from conception to construction, with an emphasis on preventative maintenance, standards development, and ensuring successful long-term construction and inspection.

CLIMATE CHANGE & GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Focused on exploring various frameworks for measuring progress in integrating climate change into GSI (i.e. OneWater, Water Sensitive Cities model) and will share their own progress in this realm with attention to topics such as making the case for climate change, integrated planning, and climate modeling/scenarios.

DESIGN INNOVATIONS

Focused on collecting feedback from workgroup members about innovative ideas that have been implemented, highlighting ideas that have made a positive difference in order to foster continuous improvement in the field, and specifically addressing topics such as in situ retrofits, watershed/neighborhood scale urban placemaking, and GI system sizing and dynamic design.

For more details about each workgroup, including Work Plans, Agendas, Meeting notes, etc, click here.

Our heartfelt gratitude to our funders for their support of our mission, which makes our work possible.