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Green Infrastructure Collaborative

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On October 8, 2014, EPA joined with federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector entities to form the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, a network to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure.
The Collaborative released a Statement of Support (15 pp, 281K, About PDF) outlining  commitments from members to advance coordination around green infrastructure initiatives. The Collaborative will build capacity for green infrastructure implementation by providing a platform for national stakeholders to:

  1. Leverage joint efforts to promote the multiple community benefits of green infrastructure;
  2. Build and share knowledge around emerging green infrastructure technologies and policy issues; and
  3. Facilitate shared inquiry into the best ways to encourage adoption of green infrastructure technologies at the local level.

Seven federal agencies have come together to support the Green Infrastructure Collaborative. These agencies signed a Federal Letter of Support (PDF) (5 pp, 248K, About PDF) committing to specific actions to promote green infrastructure. The cooperating agencies are EPA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy.

Over the coming year, Collaborative members will work closely together to align public and private knowledge and resources to promote green infrastructure.

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Collaborative Members
The Green Infrastructure Collaborative consists of more than 20 organizations committed to advancing the adoption of green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals. This broad group of signatories includes academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

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Gary Belan
Director, Clean Water Program

1101 14th St. NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 347-7550


American Society of Civil Engineers Exit EPA Disclaimer

Brian Parsons
Director, Environmental & Water Resources Institute

1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Phone: 703-295-6380


American Society of Landscape Architects Exit EPA Disclaimer

Mark Cason
Government Affairs Manager

636 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-216-2370


American Public Transportation Association Exit EPA Disclaimer

Rich Weaver
Director - Planning, Policy & Sustainability

1666 K St. NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 496-4809


Amigos De Los Rios Exit EPA Disclaimer

Claire Robinson
Managing Director

908 E. Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001
Phone: (626) 791-1611


Association of Clean Water Administrators Exit EPA Site

Julia Anastasio
Executive Director and General Counsel

1221 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 756-0600

Association of State Flood Plain Managers
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Ingrid Danler
Deputy Director
575 D'Onofrio Dr.
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608)-828-3000

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The Center for Neighborhood Technology Exit EPA Disclaimer

Harriet Festing
Director, Water Program

2125 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 269 - 4042

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Kris Hoellen
Vice President of Sustainable Programs
Director of the Conservation Leadership Network

1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 525-6300

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Tyler Wilson
Director of Government Relations
1275 K St. NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 737-6272

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Environmental Defense Fund Exit EPA Disclaimer

Shannon Cunniff
Deputy Director, Water Program

1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 387-3500

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University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center
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Jennifer Cotting
Research Associate
1210 Preinkert Field House, Bldg. 054
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-5495

Syracuse Environmental Finance Center
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Khristopher Dodson
Associate Director
727 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 443-8818

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Green Infrastructure Center Exit EPA Disclaimer

Karen Firehock
Executive Director

P.O. Box 317
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 244-0322

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Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Exit EPA Disclaimer

William Bertera
Executive Director

1275 K St. NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 218-6725


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Dain Hansen
Vice President of Government Relations

101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite L110
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 414-6177

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Neil Weinstein
Executive Director

5000 Sunnyside Ave., Suite 100
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: (301) 982-5559

Mid-Atlantic Green Infrastructure Consortium

Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F. ASCE
Professor & Director
Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Villanova University
Phone: (610) 519-7899


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Brenna Mannion
Director of Regulatory Affairs & Outreach

1816 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036-2505
Phone: (202) 533-1839


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Megan McConville
Program Manager

400 North Capitol St. NW, Suite 390
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-7843


National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Susan Gilson
Executive Director

P.O. Box 56764
Washington, DC 20040
Phone: (202) 289-8625


National Recreation and Park Association Exit EPA Disclaimer

Kevin O'Hara
Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs

22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
Phone: (703) 858-2157

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Steve Fleischli
Director, Water Program

1314 Second St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (202) 289-2394

Jon Devine
Senior Attorney

1152 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 289-6868

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Stacy Meyers
Policy Coordinator
25 East Washington Street, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60602

Jaime Zaplatosch
Education Director
25 East Washington Street, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60602

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Mara Dias
Water Quality Manager
942 Calle Negocio, Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: (949) 492-8170

Paul Herzog
Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator
942 Calle Negocio, Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: (949) 492-8170

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Andy Lipkis
Founder and President

12601 Mulholland Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (818) 753-4600

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Trust for Public Land Exit EPA Disclaimer

Joel Pannell
Senior Legislative Representative

660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 543-7552


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Lorraine L. Koss
Senior Vice President, U.S. Water Alliance
1816 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036-2505
Phone: (202) 533-1819

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Tom Ballestero

University of New Hampshire
Gregg Hall Room 238
35 Colovos Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1405

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Seth Brown
Manager, Public Policy and Stormwater Team Lead
601 Wythe St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
Phone: (703) 684-2423

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Bobby Cochran
Executive Director

4640 SW Macadam, Suite 50
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: (503) 946-8350

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Todd Gartner
Senior Associate
Manager, Natural Infrastructure for Water

10 G St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 729-7600

Collaborative Resources
Green Infrastructure Collaborative Resources

Collaborative members work to share resources, tools and research to advance green infrastructure implementation. This effort will build upon activities associated with an original Statement of Intent (4 pp, 42K, About PDF) for green infrastructure signed in 2007 by EPA, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Low Impact Development Center, and the Association of State and the Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (now the Association of Clean Water Administrators). American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, and the US Water Alliance joined this partnership after the original signing. See below for a sample of resources from Collaborative members.

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Founded in 1973, American Rivers is a conservation organization centered on the protection and restoration of America's rivers and streams.  American Rivers is a strong supporter of moving from a gray to green infrastructure focus.

The Association of Clean Water Administrators has been working since 1961 to protect the nation's waters.  It brings together state, interstate and territorial clean water professionals to foster the exchange of ideas and strategies to advance national water protection.  ACWA recognizes green infrastructure in its Call for Change as a program that requires more support and attention as the United States moves into the 21st century.

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The Low Impact Development Center (LID Center) is a non-profit organization that combines land use planning and engineering principles to promote development that recreates pre-existing hydrologic site conditions.  The LID Center has worked extensively with the EPA and stakeholders to develop green infrastructure initiatives.  Their website includes a variety of resources for citizens, developers, business owners, and town and city planners, some of which are listed below.

  • Urban Design Tools - This site provides watershed managers with a new set of tools and techniques that can be used to meet regulatory and receiving water protection program goals for urban retrofits, re-development projects, and new development sites.
  • Rain Garden Design Templates – This site displays a series of rain garden or bioretention design templates that can be used by landscape architects, landscape contractors and garden clubs.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies has been at the forefront of efforts to advocate the use of green infrastructure as one way to address the nation's clean water challenges resulting from wet weather. NACWA regularly engages with Congress to promote green infrastructure applications for wet weather management and  secure greater investment in water infrastructure.

The Natural Resources Defense Council in one of the nation's largest environmental stakeholder groups and is a staunch supporter of green infrastructure. Their website includes a variety of reports, fact sheets and case studies on the use of green infrastructure to protect and restore our nation's waters.

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The Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals. WEF offers training on green infrastructure design and implementation through conferences and archived webcasts. WEF is also working with EPA to identify and overcome the barriers to green infrastructure.
The U.S. Water Alliance is a non-profit organization working to promote holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. Launched in 2008, the U.S. Water Alliance advances its mission through issue analysis; education and outreach; and recognition of national leaders.

  • Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference - The Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference challenges the environmental, technical, municipal and educational communities to think differently about sustainably managing limited urban water resources and resource recovery innovation.  The conference has become the focal point for the national dialogue on resource recovery and green infrastructure.
  • U.S. Water Prize - The United States Water Prize honors individuals, institutions and organizations that have made an outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation's water challenges.

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