The Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Initiative (G3 Initiative) was designed to build a collaborative support network for small to medium sized towns and communities that are interested in adopting Green Infrastructure and, in particular Green Street practices to address urban stormwater, improve community health and livability, and encourage economic growth. The G3 Initiative was created in 2010 in the US EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic) Water Protection Division, Office of State and Watershed Partnerships. It is featured in the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order Strategy (Chesapeake Bay/Anacostia Green Streets-Green Jobs Initiative) for innovative storm water management to address restoration goals of the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or “pollution diet”. This Anacostia focused Pilot Project grew into the G3 PARTNERSHIP & G3 ACADEMY
G3 PARTNERSHIP – a collaboration between EPA Region 3, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and other partners.
G3 ACADEMY– A growing peer-to-peer network of communities and stakeholders interested in how green streets and related approaches can help to achieve the “people, planet, profit” triple bottom line in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The G3 Academy’s tools range from integrated planning and design-build to cost-effective operation and maintenance, and innovative financing. They also cover a variety of environmental needs and benefits, including, but not limited to, water quality, renewable energy and urban heat island reduction – providing various opportunities to stimulate the green jobs market and enable families to work where they live and play.
Small to mid-sized communities are seeking ways to boost their local economies while helping to protect water resources. The G3 partners have promoted the strategy that building green streets and associated urban green infrastructure projects marries critical issues that these towns face: jobs, livability and the environment. G3 Academy partners have supported the education, design and implementation of green streets in mid-Atlantic communities through a variety of successful activities, including grants, training forums, resource materials and a special charrette and guidebook recognized by EPA has a top practice. The G3 Academy has also specifically targeted communities that have felt disenfranchised and under-represented to gain better access to restoration resources that support local improvements while being recognized for their contributions in overall Bay protection.