Rain Check, GSI Awards, Quarterly Meeting, and More!

The Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners have a number of upcoming opportunities to get involved with our work. Please review the following activities to see how you can grow your business and get involved in the local GSI industry.
Rain Check: Seeking contractors to start July 1, 2017,
Rain Check, the Philadelphia Water Department’s residential stormwater management program, is currently recruiting contractors for the upcoming contract year beginning July 1, 2017. Rain Check is co-managed by SBN and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to engage local businesses to design and/or install stormwater management tools (rain barrels, downspout planters, rain gardens, and porous pavers) at Philadelphia residents’ homes.
We are seeking qualified landscapers, hardscapers, and home improvement contractors with relevant experience and a strong administrative capacity to be part of this valuable program. The Rain Check team has a strong preference for firms that are local, small, and/or certified WMDBE.
Obtaining a Rain Check contract has multiple benefits for your business, including consistent and steady job referrals, promotion of your business as a Rain Check contractor, and opportunities to leverage Rain Check projects into bigger opportunities with clients. 
All firms interested in applying to join the Rain Check Program must contact Jacob Feinberg at jacob@sbnphiladelphia.org to indicate their interest and attend a pre-contract information session on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Save the date if you are interested in attending.
Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony: Call for nominations!
The annual Excellence in GSI Awards is the region’s only award ceremony that celebrates and elevates green stormwater infrastructure projects, the triple bottom line (TBL) benefits of GSI, and the many project partners who make these projects successful.
The GSI Partners are now accepting nominations for the following five categories:

  1. Public Projects: Projects managed at least in part by a public agency and/or on public property (local, city, state, federal)
  2. Private Projects: Projects managed by a private entity and/or on private property
  3. Early Adopters: Public or Private projects 10 years or older
  4. Research in GSI: Peer-reviewed, published, and/or presented academic, non-profit, government, or private research on one or more elements of the triple bottom line performance of GSI
  5. Leadership in GSI: An individual whose work has transformed the understanding and/or use of GSI in the Greater Philadelphia region

Nominations are being accepted through January 27th, 2017. Visit the GSI Partners website to submit your nominations and for more information about eligibility. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s ceremony.
GSI Partners’ January Quarterly Meeting:
Join the GSI Partners on Tuesday, January 24th at Temple University Center City for our next Quarterly Meeting. We will be welcoming PWD’s Marc Cammarata to discuss highlights from the recent Evaluation and Adaptation Plan submitted to the EPA on Green City, Clean Waters (October 31, 2016). Mr. Cammarata will discuss performance and cost data from that report, and what that data says about the success of GCCW to date (spoiler alert: it’s good!).

RSVP to the next Quarterly Meeting now.

Learn more about this unique and impactful program here or contact anna@sbnphiladelphia.org.