HomeInnovation Finalist: Climate-Smart Cities

The Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony (May 23) is the region’s only award that celebrates and elevates green stormwater infrastructure projects and innovations, the triple bottom line (TBL) benefits of a nature-based approach to stormwater management, and the partners who bring these projects to life in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Buy tickets.


On behalf of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), the GSI Partners will recognize excellence in GSI in the following categories: Public, Private, and Innovation. Winning applications will highlight the TBL benefits of a green infrastructure approach to stormwater management. 

Congratulations Climate-Smart Cities. 


In 2018, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and its partners developed a new and innovative geospatial decision support tool (DST) to revolutionize the role of GSI in creating a healthy, vibrant, equitable, and climate-prepared Philadelphia. This publicly available tool is designed to help decision makers in the public and private sector make data-driven decisions on where, when, and how to create multi-benefit green infrastructure projects that provide a maximum return on investment.


The tool is a part of TPL’s larger Climate-Smart Cities partnership model that takes a data and people driven approach to helping cities, NGOs, developers, and businesses make more effective and efficient decisions relating to green infrastructure. Philadelphia recently, joined this network, participating in an inclusive “Discovery Process” where TPL and its partners worked to understand the barriers and opportunities of those working to mitigate local climate risk; designing the tool to meet the needs of local practitioners.


Users can set their own project objectives, tailoring the data outputs, maps, and even detailed parcel reports to meet their unique needs. In total, the decision support tool identifies to the neighborhood and even parcel level to identify locations where green infrastructure projects can meet multiple environmental, social, and economic objectives. Rather than taking an opportunistic approach to siting GSI, this allows the tool to easily build the case for specific neighborhoods and parcels. A single project can serve numerous functions and provide many different benefits—all under the lens of climate equity. Additionally, the tool democratizes climate and equity data to enhance the transparency of urban and climate planning.


The DST was completed and publicly released in November and has already been highlighted nationally by FEMA in their Resilient Nation Partnership Network.


Tool access available here: https://web.tplgis.org/philadelphia_csc/.


Location: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, and Cleveland
Primary: The Trust for Public Land
Partners: City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia


Join us on Thursday, May 23, along with the region’s industry professionals, local businesses, developers and property owners, government and non-profit institutions, decision-makers, and academics. It is the networking and celebration event for those in the GSI industry. Buy tickets. (SBN Members receive a discount on tickets.)