Webcast: Low Impact Development / Green Infrastructure Design Competitions
March 20, 2012
1.5-Hour Webcast (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
You must register in advance to attend this webcast.
Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) practices have been proven to improve the sustainability of development and to provide dramatic benefits in water quality, natural habitat expansion and recovery, and storm water runoff reduction while increasing quality of life and the livability of communities. These practices have been wrongly characterized by the traditional development community as costly with limited effectiveness. To advance the use of these highly effective practices and provide a hands-on understanding of their true capabilities, cost, and performance, the Houston Land and Water Sustainability Forum (HLWSF) utilized a unique and effective approach – an LID design competition.
Mr. Robert Adair, founder of the HLWSF, will describe why and how a competition can be a unique, powerful tool to drive widespread adoption, adaptation and implementation of LID. He will use the 2009/2010 competition to illustrate key elements for planning and conducting a successful event and strategies to capitalize on momentum created by the competition. Mr. Ross Gordon will provide the perspective of a winning competitor in the Houston competition and a similar competition held in Austin, Texas. He will share his efforts to replicate the benefits of the competition in other locations. Mr. Seth Brown will describe the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) role and commitment in assisting other communities’ use of this tool and introduce WEF’s upcoming 3-part webinar series on the nuts and bolts of a successful design competition using the Houston model.
This webcast is targeted to professionals interested in pursuing green streets, urban green infrastructure, and green jobs as part of an overall integrated community or watershed plan.
More information is available here.