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Nov. 9, 2015 First ever CBP3 Stormwater Infrastructure Summit

Community-Based Public-Private Partnership for Green Infrastructure

The first ever CBP3 Stormwater Infrastructure Summit will take place December 7, 2015 in Philadelphia. This is a National Council for Public-Private Partnerships event, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Water Environment Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.   This event is free for the public sector. 

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The focus of this event expands upon the information presented in the EPA Region 3 document titled, "Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure", which can be view and downloaded for free here:  http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/upload/GI_CB_P3_Guide_-EPA_R3_FINAL_042115_508.pdf 

The program for the CBP3 Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Summit features panels and discussions about such topics as:

  • The Top 3 Things to Know if You are Interested in a Public-Private Partnership
  • The Challenge of Stormwater Runoff and Its Market Potential to Drive a New Economy
  • How Can Emerging Technologies Support Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Investments and Programs
  • Real World Scenarios: Discussion of Community Needs and Applications of Innovative Financing & Market-Based Approaches


Background Information:

Communities across the country have difficulties addressing their stormwater infrastructure needs for resolving growing water quality and quantity challenges. From meeting regulatory requirements to maintaining and updating infrastructure in the face of tightening and sometimes shrinking budgets, along with very limited federal funding, the public sector is faced with an increasing set of challenges to meet their residents’ever important water resource needs. However, there is an emerging partnership model to assist the public sector, while providing added local benefits.

The Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3) approach is a strong partnership between a local government and a private entity that leverages greater implementation capacity and flexibility, utilizes the latest advances in affordable, high performance technologies, facilitates market tools, like credits and trading, addresses dynamic community development trends and goals, and instills long-term financial and regulatory commitments for integrating multi-functional Green Infrastructure (GI) into stormwater management programs. The model develops a strong, long-term partnership between a municipality or local government and a private entity, sharing the risk, lowering the overall costs and incentivizing greater efficiencies, productivity and accountability by reinvesting cost savings and revenues into greater community improvement projects and local economic development. The model was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 office in Philadelphia through a variety of experts and is being employed on a major green stormwater system retrofit partnership demonstration project in Prince George’s County, Maryland.