The webinar GSI on Schoolyards: Barriers and Solutions was held on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

In this webinar, presenters shared the results of a new report outlining known challenges and solutions to implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) on schoolyards. The webinar featured presentations from representatives of each of the four case studies included in the report. This report is a project of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange Collaborative Grant Program.

Here is the link to the webinar recording and the accompanying presentation slides. You can access the report directly here, or on the Resources page of our website.

Email Kasey at kasey@giexchange.org with any questions.

In August, the Exchange Collaborative Grant Program awarded $100,000 to fund two new projects. The Collaborative Grant Program is a key tool for Exchange members to work on common problems together. The program is designed to support the Exchange’s goal to improve the speed, cost, and impact of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) programs through member collaboration.

2019 Awarded Projects:

  • Led by the City of Gresham, OR, members of the Details and Specifications Workgroup were awarded a grant to develop a library of green infrastructure details, specifications, and policies related to GSI that can be used as a reference throughout the country. Collaborating members include Seattle, Portland OR, Omaha, Vancouver, Toronto, and Ft. Lauderdale.
  • The City of Tucson is leading an initiative to develop an equity lens for GSI to better recognize and address GSI programs, policy and implementation practices affecting the quality of community engagement, workforce development and distribution of assets. Collaborating participants include Philadelphia, PA, Grand Rapids, MI, Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.

Please see the following announcement from the NRPA:

Measuring the benefits of green infrastructure just became easier. NRPA’s new Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework can help you collect data and share how your projects are benefitting the community!

The NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign helps parks implement green infrastructure projects and build vibrant, climate resilient communities. Green infrastructure (GI) in parks provides many powerful benefits, and now local governments have a tool to collect data on these benefits.

The Framework provides a set of online, downloadable tools and research information to develop a measurement plan throughout a GI project. Measure the environmental, social, economic and health benefits of GI, while dedicating only a realistic amount of time, budget and experience to the effort.

Follow the resource’s three simple steps to:
-Define a project’s goals
-Collect data
-Use data to improve future GI work

View the recording of this webinar here.
Webinar Information:
Workforce Development Program Scan and Case Studies Webinar
July 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

Join us to learn about workforce development programs in Milwaukee, New Haven, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Based on research led by NEORSD and Bush Consulting, this webinar will feature key lessons for communities seeking to build their GSI workforces. Amy Solomon will also describe potential private funding opportunities to support workforce development programs. The final report is available here.

Contact Kasey at kasey@giexchange.org with any questions.

The Green Infrastructure Co-benefits Valuation Tool is intended to provide a framework, methods, and values to support rapid screening-level analysis of the costs and benefits associated with a range of GI investments. It was developed by Earth Economics with guidance from Exchange members.

Below are links to the most current version of the valuation tool and additional resources:

  1. Fact sheet: GreenStormwaterInfrastructure_Handout
  2. Valuation Tool: Green-Infrastructure-Valuation-Tool_-Version-1.01
  3. User Guide: Green-Infrastructure-Valuation-Tool-User-Guide-Version_1.01

One on one support from Earth Economics is available. If interested, please contact paula@giexchange.org.

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