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Green + Grants Expertise

ms Expands Green + Grants Expertise

Krystal Paisley

March 1, 2016

What happens when you combine a stormwater and collection systems specialist, a water and regulatory issues expert, and a grants guru? Comprehensive green infrastructure solutions!

 

The need for green solutions for infrastructure projects is on the rise. And because of various complexities, these projects require many facets of knowledge. Working in tandem with our sustainability department, ms has added three new members who can provide expertise for all levels of your next green infrastructure project.

 

These three new hires are part of an expansion of the ms green and grants services, but all have a breadth of experience in their respective fields. Read more about Courtney, Deb, and Alex in their employee features.

 

What is green infrastructure?

According to the EPA, “green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits.” In contrast to its gray counterpart, which moves stormwater away from an area, green infrastructure utilizes, reduces, and treats stormwater at the source. This method provides environmental, social, and economic benefits to the surrounding community.

 

Some examples include rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, and bioswales, just to name a few. Read about these green infrastructure elements and more on the EPA’s website.

But what about funding?

It’s a common misconception that green infrastructure projects are always more costly than their gray counterparts. Yes, green infrastructure can be expensive, but it can also be the most cost-effective solution to a problem that you are facing. The key to a successful green infrastructure project is understanding how to use green infrastructure effectively and efficiently.

 

There are also many resources available to find funding for your next project, both at the local and federal level.

Ready to start your next green infrastructure project?

Contact Kari Mackenbach at kmackenbach@msconsultants.com or 614.898.7100.