The Green Infrastructure Initiative collaborated with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Chicago to host an hour-long webinar last Thursday focused on what CNT calls ‘The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard’ (GIPS). The GIPS is a tool that municipalities can use to cost effectively and gradually scale up green stormwater infrastructure in urban areas. Green stormwater infrastructure is an alternative approach to stormwater management that uses natural systems and processes such as infiltration and evapotranspiration. The GIPS is an adaption of the renewable energy portfolio standard’s that exist around the country and involves setting tangible and reasonable goals for the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure over a 10-20+ year period. This gives municipal staff the ability to plan ahead, learn from experience, and adjust as needed.
Anyone interested in learning more about this tool can watch a recording of the webinar here. Slides are available here and more information is available on our Green Infrastructure page. Specific questions about presentation content can be sent to Hal Sprague at CNT. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.