Congratulations to the grant awardees from the first round of the Exchange’s Collaborative Grant Program! The Exchange awarded $85,000 in total to fund three selected collaborations. Award decisions were made by a selection committee made up of volunteer members from the Exchange Planning Committee and Exchange staff and announced on Oct.17th.
The grant program is designed to support collaborations among cities/utilities seeking to work together to solve common green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) problems. Each awarded project reflects the collaboration of at least three Exchange member cities and a well-thought-out plan for disseminating the lessons learned to the rest of the Exchange network.
First-Round Lead Cities and Collaborations:
- Tucson, AZ: A convening to strengthen the collaboration between GSI leaders and community public health organizations by developing common language, metrics, and inter-departmental connections.
- San Francisco, CA: A collaborative report of distilled recommendations for building cost-effective GSI Modeling and Monitoring programs, with the goal of advancing national standardization.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada: A Rainwater Harvesting and Reuse peer-learning exchange that explores how member cities can implement rainwater harvest and reuse initiatives at the district-scale, while focusing on building the capacity of member cities to foster water sensitive design.