:: GIC Pilot Projects
The GIC is developing a new green infrastructure habitat model and a Planning Guide for South Carolina. A pilot project is underway in Berkeley County to test the model and provide a state example. To learn more about the steps for Green Infrastructure Planning, read our Planning Brochure.
The guide will provide 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.
Lecture Tour: A statewide lecture tour will be underway from late August to early September 2014 to explain the project and teach the basic principles of green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale. Attendees will include planners, conservationists, developers, community members, elected and appointed officials and anyone concerned about better ways to promote development while conserving our natural resources!
The model and 100-page guide will be completed by March 2015. A one-day training workshop will be held in spring 2015 - check back for more details or contact GIC to be added to the notification list.
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.
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“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