Researchers gauge green infrastructure’s capacity for high runoff

University of Maryland, College Park, researchers are approaching urban and suburban stormwater management with the ultimate goal of increasing resiliency to major weather events. With models predicting more rain than historical levels, plus an increased frequency of particularly intense and destructive storms, they note, flooding is a major concern in communities that are becoming more settled.

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Urban group prioritizes principles for building resilient population centers

Sources: Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance report proposes fundamentals for resilient cities and regions to anticipate, respond to, and recover from immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events, plus long-term stresses such as sea-level rise and declining population.

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Agency, federation name inaugural Green Infrastructure certifications

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) named the first group of individuals completing the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program exam. The NGICP is designed to verify that the 62 certified individuals have successfully demonstrated competency in the foundational knowledge, concepts, and terminology required to perform tasks related to green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection and maintenance.

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Landscape architects embrace resilient design principles

Sources: American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

ASLA’s new online guide [https://www.asla.org/resilient] explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design, including strategies to help control flooding through such green infrastructure as pervious or permeable pavements.

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EPA’s RainWorks Challenge brings pavement, harvesting practice to school

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Registration continues through September 30 for EPA’s fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, where college and university student teams use campuses as labs to develop green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience.

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ASCE brings needed technical perspective to water-wise campaign

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The Environmental Protection Agency has teamed with the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Landscape Architects and a host of associations, federal agencies and environmental groups behind the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, advancing stormwater management, water conservation and pollution control measures.

 
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