Climate change already is affecting water supply and management systems. Changes in the timing, frequency and intensity of precipitation are placing stress on the built and natural systems that provide fresh water, manage stormwater, and treat wastewater. Flooding is an issue of particular concern for urban, low-income communities, where degraded water quality, threats to public health, destruction of homes and property and economic harm occur disproportionately. We seek to advance a water equity agenda that advances solutions to climate-related flood and storm impacts on water systems and enhances local climate-resilience planning that supports integrated water-management practices.
We work to:
Support and nurture a new cadre of water leaders to amplify marginalized voices and strengthen climate-vulnerable regions and water systems.
Build the case and enabling environment for equitable water system transformation.
Advance non-traditional approaches to financing, operations and community participation that produce multiple community benefits.
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The Philadelphia-based Exchange works in 45 communities across North America, seeking to accelerate implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in communities across the continent.
Green stormwater infrastructure is an important strategy for communities to equitably and cost effectively address climate change. Despite its advantages, however, it is a relatively new field of practice with unique implementation challenges. The Exchange is a forum for communities to share information, experiment, and innovate faster, together.
“The Exchange has been hugely influential in our work. We took a 10-15 year plan and made it start to happen now.”
– Melina Scholefield, Manager of Green Infrastructure Implementation for the City of Vancouver
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