Philadelphia Green Stormwater Infrastructure Innovation Challenge

Philadelphia is looking for creative ways to reduce the cost of the city’s green stormwater infrastructure program, beginning with more effective assessments of subsurface geologic conditions and utility locations. 

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. EST on July 14, 2016.

The Challenge: To protect Philadelphia’s waterways and meet federal regulatory obligations, the City is investing in a Green Stormwater Infrastructure program that is projected to cost $2 billion over 25 years.  In order to stay within the predicted cost model and keep water rates low, the City needs to find creative ways to reduce the cost of developing green infrastructure.  

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Tools for assessments of subsurface geologic conditions
  • Tools for mapping utility locations
  • Tools for accurate data analytics and visualization
  • Any other creative methods to identify conditions below ground

The Opportunity: The challenge consists of two stages. The first stage is a Request for Information (RFI) during which the city is looking for information on products, technologies, services and other creative cost reduction strategies. This is designed to provide the City with industry insight, experience and understanding of the solutions available on the market. Responses to this RFI will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP) to implement the solution. 

Who can participate: The opportunity is open to anyone with a solution to reduce the cost of the city’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure program. The city welcomes ideas from social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally.