The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard
The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide provides a framework for the long term and predictable implementation of green infrastructure. The GIPS framework is especially intended for stormwater retrofits, as it was crafted to alleviate the time, money and space constraints typically associated with implementing green infrastructure to an existing built environment. Based upon the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard concept, the GIPS guide helps overcome these constraints by providing easy steps to follow in order to increase municipal teamwork, set stormwater pollution reduction goals, and establish and prioritize green infrastructure installation. The goal of the GIPS is to gradually increase the use of green infrastructure and decrease the amount of impervious surfaces in a municipality.The concepts in the guide were developed around actual on-the-ground work done in Grand Rapids, MI and Milwaukee, WI. Click on the cover page to download the guide.
Key Subjects Covered include:
· Setting green infrastructure goals
· Selecting optimal project zones
· Identifying green infrastructure features
· Calculating Project Baselines
· Green Infrastructure policy options
The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide is a joint project of American Rivers, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, funded by a United States Environmental Protection Agency grant.