Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
CCRUN invites you to the next presentation in the Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar Series, to be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Drexel University. Join the discussion about the risks and opportunities presented to our urban communities by climatic extremes, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address these issues.
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This month's presentation:
Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Cities by Managing Stormwater
Dr. Robert Traver
, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, and Director of both the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership
Stormwater Management has changed dramatically in the last several years, as it has moved away from a flood control perspective toward sustainability of our rivers and watersheds. We have moved from detention basins, to incorporating stormwater wetlands, to pervious pavements, green roofs and bioretention and Low Impact Development utilizing green technologies. Combined sewer overflows, scarcity of land, trash challenges and maintenance costs require us to again refocus on designs that can succeed within an urban environment. To really change the landscape of the site, we need to rethink our designs and incorporate green technologies, and challenge our past assumptions. Many of these Stormwater Control Measures have been constructed and are under study at Villanova University. Dr. Robert Traver will discuss the issues, and results from these studies, focusing on bioinfiltration, and the lessons learned from using the campus as a field research site.
Green City, Clean Waters: Philadelphia's Citywide Green Infrastructure Program
leads the Strategic Policy and Coordination unit of the Office of Watersheds for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), developing partnerships, policies and collaborative project management processes necessary for successful interagency implementation of the Green City, Clean Waters program.
is an environmental engineer with the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Monitoring group for the Philadelphia Water Department. For the past two years he has been working to develop and implement hydrologic monitoring of the PWD's green infrastructure projects.
is an environmental engineer with the Philadelphia Water Department's Office of Watersheds where he monitors and documents water quality in rivers and streams.
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is entering its fourth year of Green City, Clean Waters implementation, with over 80 green stormwater infrastructure sites complete, and another 400 projects either in design or under construction. PWD is partnering closely with a variety of public agencies to align GSI projects with community needs and capital investments, and performing district-wide planning analyses at the neighborhood, business district and campus scale. This discussion will address the implementation strategy of the program and highlight its success stories, such as new parks, green schoolyards, renovated recreation centers, green space development on vacant lands, green streets and numerous public/private partnerships.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Comprehensive Monitoring Plan
PWD has developed a "Comprehensive Monitoring Plan" to track its progress in reducing combined sewer system overflows. The program utilizes select data analysis methods to estimate the performance of specific stormwater control measures (SCM) during precipitation events, and during simulated events. Monitoring results will be discussed from the perspectives of continuous performance monitoring and performance testing as well as partnering STEM outreach through monitoring tasks and preliminary data sets.
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