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 19, 2-4pm – Planting Rain Gardens for Success!, City People’s Garden Store, 2939 East Madison Street, Seattle
October 17, 2-4pm – GSI Incentive Programs (TNC office)
November 21, 2-4pm – Permeable Pavement & GSI
December 19, 2-4pm – Telling your GSI Story

Planting Rain Gardens for Success!
Thursday, September 19th 2-4pm
City People’s Garden Store
2939 East Madison Street, Seattle

Directions Here

What you will hear:

Join City People’s Garden Store and the Green Infrastructure Partnership for in depth exploration of Rain Garden plants. Laura Matter of the Garden Hotline at Tilth Alliance and Jake Harris of Stone Soup Gardens will lead an in depth class on optimal plants for rain gardens. This discussion will highlight the dos and don’ts of planting rain gardens for stormwater management, wildlife habitat, food production and beauty. Light snacks will be provided, and all attendees will receive a 20 % off coupon to City Peoples garden store.

Laura Matter has been a practicing horticulturist for the past 40 years, studied Landscape Horticulture at South Seattle Community College and has an Associate of Arts degree from Seattle Central Community College and a B.A. in Botany from the University of Washington. During 10 years with Seattle City Light, she worked with her crew to register a large electrical station as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary with the State of WA after being enhanced with native plants, birdhouses, and using natural alternatives instead of pesticides. Laura ran her own landscape maintenance business for 14 years and currently provides landscape consultations, specializing in native plantings, wildlife habitat and edible gardens. Laura is currently the Sustainable Yard and Home Education Program Manager at Tilth Alliance and specializes in watershed health, pollinator gardening and integrated pest management education. She has been on the Green Infrastructure Partnership steering committee for the past 4 years.

Jake Harris has enjoyed many pursuits in life as a teacher, a general contractor, community organizer and global citizen. He is the founder of Stone Soup Gardens an awesome team of designers and craftspeople that collaborates with community groups and residences to create beautiful, sustainable and delicious gardens. Jake is committed to green solutions to our watershed pollution, he has been working as a contractor with the RainWise Rebate Program for a decade, since it launched in 2009, and has been on the Green Infrastructure Partnership steering committee for the past 5 years. Jake has delighted in the many important conversations and connections he has shared there. He loves sharing his love of plants.

City People’s Garden Store has served the community for over 40 years,  they love hosting educational workshops and are happy to host this month’s GrIP meeting.

Past Meetings

May 30, 2-4pm

Cracking the Code: Maintaing Green Stormwater Infrastructure

One of the most commonly cited barriers to installing green infrastructure like rain gardens and bioswales is how to maintain them over time. We’ll take a trip to the model City of Shoreline, the first city in the region to apply for Salmon-Safe certification. Shoreline has a decade of experience successfully maintaining roadside rain gardens and other innovative structures like the gorgeous 1.3-acre stormwater wetland in Cromwell Park. Wear comfortable shoes and pack some snacks. We will stroll to project sites to soak up secrets from the experts in this forward-thinking city.

Location: Cromwell Park, Shoreline WA (Rain location: Shoreline Library)

June 20, 2-4pm

Diversity in Seattle GSI: Challenges and Opportunities

Jo Sullivan of King County and Joycelyn Chui and her colleagues at ECOSS will present case studies and information about how RainWise and GSI efforts in general can extend beyond their usual boundaries and provide a positive impact for all our communities and neighborhoods.

Location: The Co Lam Temple, 3503 S Graham St

(Snacks will be vegetarian only)

Donations accepted for the Temple for hosting the event.

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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  In this presentation, you will hear: A panel discussion with Community organizers using Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) as a tool for Environmental Justice. Panelists will share their experience working in Georgetown, South Park, Yesler Terrace, and Kent, presenting on projects that include rain gardens, cisterns, green screens, and depaving. Participants are welcome to come with questions about methods for involving community in GSI projects and strategies for meeting community needs and interests while developing a green infrastructure project.

May – Thinking “Inside the box”: A look at innovative, modular bioretention solutions In this presentation, you will hear: A handful of case studies featuring lined, boxed, and/or enclosed bioretention technologies that have been implemented in our region. Presenters will provide an overview of the systems they have worked with, share current concerns, and discuss how to select the best option for different types of sites.  We think this presentation will be of interest to participants with specific, technical questions, and those looking to add some versatile and effective green infrastructure options to their tool box!

June Turning a Mall Parking Lot into a Walkable Green Infrastructure Community:  Before Northgate Mall was built in the 1950s, it was the headwaters of Thornton Creek, a salmon-spawning stream. The I-5 highway cut off the headwaters, putting the stream into a pipe. In 2013, a new development turned 6 acres of asphalt parking lot into Seattle’s first LEED Silver neighborhood, with 387 apartments, senior housing, a medical center, stores and restaurants, as well as a lush green bioswale that filters runoff pollution before it can reach the creek.

September – Rain Drops & Roof Crops!: Tour the UpGarden with Designer Nicole Kistler. The UpGarden is the nation’s first community rooftop garden and Seattle’s Premier rooftop P-Patch! This is a great chance to hear about its design, implementation and benefits to rain water management. Attendees are invited to come with questions and ideas to share about expanding the adoption of roof cropping as a tool for green infrastructure development.

October – Woodland Park Zoo: The Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) is known for pushing the envelope on low impact development, and GrIP is excited to partner with them for our October meeting! Come learn about how WPZ has creatively and innovatively introduced stormwater management into the design of their exhibits and facilities. We’ll start with a short presentation, followed by a tour of a selection of green infrastructure projects, including the Zoomazium green roof and the Humbolt Penguin Exhibit

November – Joint meeting with Green Tools / Sustainable Cities Roundtable: Please join Island Press author Rebecca Wodder and the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development’s Executive Director Arthur Johnson for a conversation about how to build community resilience to climate-driven water challenges – and build natural and social capital in the process.

DecemberLittle Brook Open Space / GSI Nexus – Join us for a conversation on the nexus of open space and green infrastructure! This month we will be joined by Sean M. Watts, Director of Community Partnerships at the Seattle Parks Foundation, as well as some guest panelists.  Sean will be sharing more about his work in Little Brook, and discussing opportunities he sees to provide communities with benefits, amenities, and services that they identify and desire by leveraging stormwater and water quality as a funding lever. Let’s talk about how to make green infrastructure into an engine for community green space, without losing sight of the community’s own vision and needs!