How Philadelphia’s Greened Acre Retrofit Program is catalyzing low-cost green infrastructure retrofits on private property
Philadelphia’s Greened Acre Retrofit Program (GARP) encourages contractors or design/construction firms to bundle green infrastructure projects and compete for limited public grant funding by bringing forward the lowest-cost retrofit opportunities available on private land.
• The local water utility obtains installed stormwater infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of public right-of way projects with similar environmental impact;
• Local green infrastructure contractors benefit from a program that rewards project aggregation and provides long-term green infrastructure maintenance opportunities;
• Property owners benefit from aggregators identifying cost-effective green infrastructure opportunities that can result in reduced stormwater fees and improved property value.
(2015) By the Natural Resources Defense Council.