Network Aims to Spotlight Green Infrastructure (GI) Innovation, Grow Ties with Likeminded Local Leaders,
and Contribute Thought Leadership to Collective Knowledge and Achievement  

The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange (the GI Exchange) has formed a strategic partnership with The Atlas, a dynamic online community of over 3,000 government officials, staff, and non-governmental professionals engaged in dialogue around pressing local issues. The GI Exchange and The Atlas both envision a world where cities are more sustainable and resilient because local government officials have quick, easy access to their colleagues’ knowledge, expert resources, and non-government partners to help solve tough problems. But each brings a distinct organizational focus, structure, and expertise. Coming together strengthens and augments their individual capabilities and potential to further their respective missions. 

This partnership affords significant opportunities and benefits for GI Exchange members that include: 1) special access to The Atlas, including the ability to browse hundreds of case studies and dialogue with thousands of other professionals; 2) spotlighting and positioning of GI Exchange members as leaders and innovators among thousands of peers through branded case studies that exemplify innovative approaches in GSI; 3) targeted promotions of GI Exchange members’ case studies to relevant clusters within The Atlas network; and 4) enhanced visibility and recognition via The Atlas’ social media channels.

GI Exchange members can click here to learn more about next steps for getting access and engaging on The Atlas platform. 

“We are so excited about this partnership. The innovative platform of The Atlas provides the Exchange with a bigger audience to scale up our impact, while we can provide The Atlas community with insights, lessons learned, and success stories from leading practitioners in the field of green infrastructure,” said Paula Conolly, Director of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange.

For The Atlas, this partnership provides an opportunity to further grow and enhance its network of local government leaders nationwide, plus expand its pool of case studies exemplifying innovative approaches and solutions in water management and green infrastructure. “Nature-based approaches to stormwater management are exactly the kinds of innovations that benefit from the kind of colleague-to-colleague learning that The Atlas facilitates,” said Ellory Monks, co-founder of The Atlas. “Technical details, financing strategies, procurement approaches…we are thrilled to help the Exchange share these innovations to our national community of local government leaders with the goal of increasing the adoption of green infrastructure in communities across the nation.” 

The Atlas is a (free!) online community for local government officials & staff to browse city case studies, follow trending local government topics and post questions to colleagues. Since its launch in April 2019, The Atlas has grown from 0 to 2K+ monthly active city members. Its database includes more than 500 member-generated city case studies that cover topics as diverse as scooters, homelessness and green infrastructure. It’s proud to partner with some of the most respected nonprofits in the industry, including BCG’s Centre for Public Impact. It is a recent graduate of 500 Startups. Check it out here: www.the-atlas.com.

The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange (“the GI Exchange”) strives to accelerate the affordable and equitable implementation of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) throughout North America by supporting peer learning, innovation and collaboration among cities, counties and utilities. It is a highly connected peer learning network that offers a platform for practitioners to share experiences, circulate ideas, and solve problems together toward finding more sustainable water infrastructure solutions. Individual members are typically managers of GSI programs who have committed to GSI as a strategy for community resilience and to sharing their knowledge with peers. The GI Exchange is a project of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. For more, visit giexchange.org.

For inquiries, contact:
Anna Radev, Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, anna@giexchange.org
Ellory Monks, The Atlas, ellory@the-atlas.com

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