:: GIC Pilot Projects
The GIC has developed a new green infrastructure habitat model and a Planning Guide for South Carolina. A pilot project in Berkeley County tested the model's applications and provided a case study for the planning guide. To learn more quickly about the steps for Green Infrastructure Planning, read our Planning Brochure.
The guide provides the steps for any SC county to create their own landscape-scale green infrastructure plans. The model, guide and pilot project are funded by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and the U.S. Forest Service. It will be available in March 2014..
Lecture Tour:A statewide lecture tour in August and September 2014 explained the project and the basic principles of green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale. Click here to download the presentation: Green Infrastructure Planning at the Landscape Scale: A South Carolina Partnership Project.
The GIC created a Planning Guide for New York State in 2013. A pilot project was conducted in Ulster County, NY. The guide provides the steps for any NY county to create their own landscape-scale green infrastructure plans. The guide was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Healthy Watersheds Initiative in partnership with the Green Infrastructure Center, the Cadmus Group, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) and Ulster County New York.
New York State Deptartment of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens stated "Thanks to the support of EPA and the work of the GIC, this guide provides Ulster County and other counties in the state comprehensive information about its natural resources to strategically plan for maximum social, economic and environmental benefits," "As the Cuomo Administration strives to develop more resilient critical infrastructure systems through the Governor's NYS2100 Commission, this guide will help local officials capitalize on the concepts of the Commission. County by county, this is a blueprint for statewide sustainability."
The GIC has released planning guides for Virginia, Arkansas, New York and North Carolina. Read more.
The GIC brings diverse stakeholder groups together to develop green infrastructure plans that meet community needs. The GIC has extensive experience developing technical communication materials, workshops, training sessions, public meetings and collaborative decision-making processes.
Our staff of environmental planners, geographers,GIS technicians, graphic designers and professional facilitators can provide a highly specialized team approach to meet the needs of any client.
To see our Services Brochure, click here.
“The City of Staunton’s partnership with Ms. Firehock and the Green Lands class has increased our ability to assemble well corroborated policy recommendations, perform more efficient and meaningful green systems analysis, and fold green infrastructure considerations more easily into the process of determining the form of our community. Green Infrastructure Strategies for Staunton, Virginia will serve the City of Staunton well into the future.”
- Amy Ransom Arnold, ASLA, Staunton City Planner