Letter from Fran Lawn, SBN’s GSI Partners New Program Manager

“We will continue to move the needle forward on coalition-building, advocacy, and professional development opportunities.”

When SBN first entered the scenee in Philadelphia, I recall thinking what makes a business sustainable? And what does it look like for a business to consider more than just profit?

I was intrigued.

My first connection to SBN was almost 15 years ago when a group of landscape professionals convened to figure out how to create a more sustainable landscape industry. Most of these independent businesses were already committed to triple bottom line practices (people, planet, profit), but we hoped to better leverage each other’s skills and resources to address some of the environmental challenges Philadelphia faced.

In 2012 when SBN formed GSI Partners to support the success of Green City, Clean Waters*, I was thrilled to see the creation of a business network working to ensure that the greenest approaches to stormwater management are facilitated and incentivized as much as possible and that the public and private investments being catalyzed by the plan are spent with local firms.

Five years later, I am fortunate to be a part of the SBN family and SBN’s GSI Partners team. Under the leadership of Anna Shipp, we will continue to move the needle forward on coalition-building, advocacy, and professional development opportunities, and to support Green City, Clean Waters and its triple-bottom-line approach. Through SBN’s GSI Partners, we will continue our work to maximize the local economic, environmental, and social impact of the GSI industry in our region.

I look forward to getting to know you and learning more about you and your business.


The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s (SBN) Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners is a signature initiative of SBN working to advance the local GSI industry, innovation, and the local economy as it relates to GSI.

Formed in 2012 in response to *Philadelphia’s ambitious and innovative stormwater management plan, Green City, Clean Waters, SBN’s GSI Partners advocate for the greenest approaches to be facilitated and incentivized as much as possible, and for the public and private investment to remain as local as possible. Members include locally-owned engineering and landscape architecture firms; landscape design, build, and maintenance firms; and material suppliers whose services and products pertain to GSI. Many GSI Partners are recognized as industry experts, locally, regionally, and nationally.

To learn more, click here.

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