On August 1st, the Exchange launched our Collaborative Grant Program to provide Exchange members with the resources necessary to share knowledge and work together to improve the speed, cost, or effectiveness of their GSI programs.

Proposals are due by 3:00pm ET on Sept. 28th. To be eligible, projects should reflect at least one of the priority topics that were identified at the 2017 Annual Convening.

Click here to learn more about the Collaborative Grant Program’s criteria and requirements and to view the RFP. Register here for our informational webinar on Sept. 6th at 1:00pm ET.

In November 2016, the Exchange launched its Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Field Scan Survey and disseminated it to leaders from GSI programs across North America. The survey is the first of its kind in assessing the drivers, scope, and practices of GSI programs. As of August 2017, GSI implementers from 32 agencies had completed the survey with information regarding their respective programs. The majority of responses came from Exchange member agencies and reflected the position that our members hold as early adopters and pioneers within the GSI field. We’ve summarized and analyzed the survey results and provided five key takeaways below.

  • The top drivers that applied to respondents’ GSI programs were regulatory requirements, urban design benefits, surface flooding, and best practices, with the overwhelming majority reporting that a regulatory requirement is their program’s most important driver.
  • When asked for the amount that their program had spent to date on GSI, the majority of survey respondents (42% overall) selected the highest option provided, over $20 million.
  • Capital programs and grants from public sources were the two most common forms of funding that agencies reported.
  • Thirty-eight percent of respondents reported that their program had been implementing GSI for over 10 years and 69% reported having been implementing it for at least five years.
  • Opportunities for assistance from the Exchange network were ranked with the following opportunities receiving the highest priority:
    • Creating a GSI sharing system/platform
    • Supporting innovation/adaptability/integrative design
    • Assessing and promoting triple bottom line benefits/rebranding GSI

The full summary is available here.

Exchange user groups have been busy driving forward conversations on priority GSI topic areas. The user groups’ collaboration will result in webinars, new standards, and ongoing conversations on the following topic areas:

Informational webinars on:

  • Maintenance Innovations
  • Public Health’s Connection to GSI
  • Modeling & Monitoring
  • Messaging & Branding

Developing standardization of:

  • GSI Co-Benefits

Ongoing discussions on:

  • General GSI Design
  • Procurement Tools
  • Street Tree Design
  • Engagement with Construction

If you are an Exchange member, or a GSI program manager interested in membership, and would like to get involved with one or more of these efforts, please contact Hannah Magnuson at hannah@giexchange.org.

The National Resources Defense Council and NYU-Stern Center for Sustainable Business provided the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection with recommendations for growing a green, equitable, and sustainable community as they establish their new private property GSI grant program.

Baltimore has taken advantage of outside funding opportunities for its infrastructure projects. The city adds WIFIA to its possible funding sources in addition to the CWSRF the state of Maryland was awarded to implement 36 new clean water projects, including various GSI projects in Baltimore.

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