Below is summary of monthly Learning Circles and what is coming up next month. Exchange members are welcome to drop in on any Learning Circle. The Community Calendar is the best place to find Zoom links and dates. Use your member login to access the calendar and meeting links. If you’d like to be added to a specific Learning Circle email roster and calendar for regular updates, contact Veronica (email@example.com).
For January four circles will meet (Design, Asset Management, Book Group, and Planning & Resilience) while other circles will take a break. If your usual circle is on break, please drop in on another circles!
Asset Management: In January, Raleigh will provide an update on how they continues to advance GSI.
Book Group: In January, we will start Nature-Based Solutions for Cities (2023), which is an open access edited collection. We will discuss Chapters 1 – 3 (30 pages) in January and also scan through the other chapters (16 total chapters) to see if we’d like to continue reading more of this new book. From the book’s homepage: “Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being adopted to address climate change, health, and urban sustainability, yet ensuring they are effective and inclusive remains a challenge. Addressing these challenges through chapters by leading experts in both global south and north contexts, this forward-looking book advances the science of NBS in cities and discusses the frontiers for next-generation urban NBS.”
Innovations in Design: In January, Pittsburgh and the Exchange will present their 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference presentation, which is based on the State of Public Sector Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
Innovations in Funding & Financing: In December, there was a presentation by Rainplan on their Incentive Program Administrator.
New Member: In January, new members can drop in for a new member orientation. Current members are welcome to drop in and members who have been inactive for some time can also make attend the New Member circle.
Maximizing GSI Performance: In December, there was a presentation from Philadelphia about their web-based apps (SHINY) used for GSI monitoring.
Placing Equity at the Center: In December, there was a presentation from Washington, DC about their resilience matrix and Philadelphia presented on their current equity-focused programs.
Planning & Resilience: In January, Boston, and the Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City region) will present on their organizational structures at different levels and scales (e.g., context, demographics, geographies, small and large institutional frameworks), which will be connected to how GSI is planned and implemented.