Green Infrastructure Partnership (GrIP)

Who is GrIP?

The Green Infrastructure Partnership is a group of nonprofits, government agencies, community-based organizations, and businesses who deliver green solutions to stormwater pollution via education, technical assistance, and incentive programs.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to offer networking, education, and collaboration opportunities that bolster voluntary green infrastructure implementation in the Seattle area as an affordable and effective solution for preventing polluted stormwater runoff in Puget Sound.

When do we meet?

The Green Infrastructure Partnership meets on the third Thursday afternoon of each month to offer expert presentations on GSI topics of interest to our participants. We also provide time at each meeting for participants to share news about their project work as well as an opportunity for networking with those present.

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Join us at an upcoming meeting!

September 21, 2017 | 2 – 4 p.m.
Rain Drops and Roof Crops – Tour the nation’s first roof top community farm and discuss the adoption of roof cropping as a tool for green infrastructure development.
Roof of the Mercer Street Parking Garage – 300 W Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98119

October 19, 2017 | 2 – 4 p.m.
GSI at the Zoo– Come learn about how WPZ has creatively and innovatively introduced stormwater management into the design of their exhibits and facilities.
Woodland Park Zoo – Wildlife Conservation Center

November 8, 2017 | 12 – 2 p.m.
Community Leadership, Climate Resilience, and Green Infrastructure
*Free pre-registration required on Eventbrite
The Mountaineers – 7700 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115



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The GrIP Steering Committee Includes:

2017 Meeting Topics and Speakers

January – City Habitats: Why Puget Sound Needs Our Help – with Christin Hilton of the Nature Conservancy

February – no monthly meeting due to the Green Infrastructure Summit

March – GSI Progress Report for City of Seattle – with Pam Emerson, Office of Sustainability & Environment

April – GSI & Community Development: a Tool for Environmental Justice – with Andrew Schiffer, who works with Just Health Action, D.I.R.T. Corps, the Georgetown Community Council, & Bricktree LLC, and Tahmina Martelly, World Relief Seattle.

May – Thinking “Inside the Box”: A look at innovative, modular bioretention solutions – with Dylan Ahearn, PH.D., Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc., Derek Hahn, Snohomish Conservation District, and Aaron Clark, Stewardship Partners.

June – Turning a Mall Parking Lot into a Walkable Green Infrastructure Community – with Lolly Kunkler, MIG

2016 Meeting Topics and Speakers

January – Global Green Infrastructurewhat is going on? And why does this matter to GrIP in Seattle? – with Andy Gordon-Maclean, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure and Climate Resilience, Sustainable Seattle

February – no monthly meeting due to the Green Infrastructure Summit

March – Making it Easier to Go Green: Tools and Resources for De-coding Green Stormwater Infrastructure – with Shanti Colwell, GSI Engineer with SPU and Chris van Daalen 25-year veteran of Pacific Northwest environmental and sustainable development issues

April – Getting the Dirt on Raingarden Soils: Examining soil toxicity and growing edible plants in your rain garden including safety for wildlife, longevity of toxins in the soil and best amendments for toxic elements in soil – with Dr. Sally Brown, Research Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science Division, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington

May – Preparing for Climate Change’s Drainage + Water Quality Impacts in PNW Cities: Learn the difference between climate and weather, PNW climate change predictions and the implications for drainage systems and regional water quality, SPU’s preparation for climate change and their collaboration with transportation and parks agencies – with James Rufo-Hill, Seattle Public Utilities, meteorologist and Climate Team member

June – The Latest Findings and Ongoing Research on Green Stormwater Infrastructure from WSU: Learn about the Latest Findings and ongoing research on GSI from WSU and how to include them in your work – with Dr. Anand Jayakaran “Ani” Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences – Washington State University Extension

July/August – no meetings

September – Rain Water Harvesting Applications: Learn about water catchment systems that make sense in the PNW and how to include them in your work – with Ken Blair of Rainbank – Rainwater Systems

October – Green Infrastructure and schools: How can we integrate student learning with green infrastructure on school buildings and grounds – including a tour of the Bertschi School’s Living Science Wing – with Britta Culbertson, certified teacher and Education and Outreach Manager for the Nature Works, The Nature Conservancy’s education program, Celina Steiger, Urban Programs Coordinator at IslandWood, Kristin Covey, Brightwater Center Site Manager

November – Salmon-Safe Incentives for Green Stormwater Infrastructure & 1% for the Arts Master Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways: Learn about Salmon-Safe as an incentive tool for voluntary adoption of GSI and Learn how Seattle’s Arts & Cultural Affairs 1% for the Arts funding plans to bring artists and communities together to increase awareness about Protecting Seattle’s Waterways – with Ellen Southard Salmon-Safe Program Manager for Stewardship Partners and Vaughn Bell resident artist for Seattle Public Utilities

DecemberGreen Stormwater Infrastructure in an ultra-urban settingHow can businesses and buildings act individually and collectively to address urban stormwater targets? Focus on Seattle 2030 District’s new work to pilot neighborhood scale coordination toward its 50% stormwater management goal – with Amy Waterman from the 2030 District