What is RISC?
Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities (RISC) is a cluster of public and private sector professionals focused on climate resiliency via delivery and finance of market-based green stormwater infrastructure across the Great Lakes region.
Comprised of municipal, state, and federal climate resilience leaders, the cluster leverages its common network and shared experience to offer a framework that leads to projects that improve water quality, climate resiliency, and positive socio-economic impacts. RISC is about scaling-up green stormwater infrastructure across the Great Lakes states.
Focused currently on green stormwater infrastructure, RISC seeks to advance the development and use of new models for project delivery, investment, financing, and asset management.
It also seeks to drive down the unit costs of project installation through aggregation, through the development of a financial playbook, and through standardization of naturalized water infrastructure design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring practices.
- Build a lasting network of public and private sector leaders from across the Great Lakes.
- Quantify climate risk and opportunities across the Great Lakes.
- Identify priority regions where the need and readiness for investment is high.
- Reduce costs of large-scale sustainable storm water infrastructure development.
- Share and establish best practices for policy development, project delivery, financing, program, and asset management.
- Help execute multiple $10M+ investments that lead to improved water quality and more green neighborhoods across the region.