Come to Raleigh in mid-June for a great day on green infrastructure. Join the NC Green Industry Council for Developing Green Infrastructure – “Contributing to a Healthy Future for Water and People” on Thursday, June 16, 2016. The audience will learn about how to position landscape services in emerging functional landscapes markets. You can register here: http://www.savingwaternc.com/2016-gic-water-symposium-2/2016-water-symposium-registration/
- Opening Keynote: Future Value of the Landscape Services Sector, Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University;
- Green Infrastructure on the Ground, David Tuch, Equinox, Asheville, North Carolina;
- Chatham Park: 7,000+ acres of New Thinking, Tom D’Alesandro, Blakefield, Wilmette, Illinois;
- Chatham Park: Putting Green Infrastructure to Work, Hunter Freeman, WithersRavenel, Cary, North Carolina;
- Leveraging Green Infrastructure for City Services and Attracting Investment, Tim Porter, Urban Forester & Marc Recktenwald, Stormwater Engineer, City of Charlotte;
- The Business of Functional Landscapes, Eric Gunderson, Southern Branch Nursery, Chesapeake, Virginia; and
- Closing Keynote Address Green Infrastructure–So Much More than Managing Water! Bill Hunt, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Here’s the full program:
North Carolina Green Industry Council Water Symposium: The Future of Water in a Green World
June 16, 2016 McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
Opening Keynote: Future Value of the Landscape Services Sector, Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University
The American landscape is reaching a tipping point, moving from simply something to look at and into functionality. It’s a value proposition that is more than just “pretty,” and focusses instead on the environmental, health, well-being, and economic benefits of the landscape and the plants within it. Plants do more than just beautify a space. Just one well positioned mature tree in the landscape reduces residential energy use, provides wildlife habitat, sequesters carbon and creates a sense of space, all in addition to looking nice. Vegetated stormwater bioswales can infiltrate rainwater, thus recharging aquifers; remove pollution, thus protecting water quality; and prevent stormwater from affecting neighboring properties, thus preventing flooding. Charlie will share his insights into this exciting new, emergent way to see the managed landscape. It is more critical than ever to convey value and relevancy in an authentic manner to customers and clients. Positioning the value of the functional landscape is one way to do that.
Green Infrastructure on the Ground, David Tuch, Equinox
David’s unique perspective is a marriage of ecology with site planning and design that demonstrates the impact green infrastructure makes when it’s brought to bear on real life situations. David will talk about how to make landscapes more resilient to weather events that characterize the region. He’ll show examples from implemented and planned projects in the Asheville area. Among them are Davenport Park, an innovative infill project that uses low impact development throughout and Azalea Road Park, where designed vegetated systems help protect nearby Biltmore Village from flooding. He will also share the innovative design for New Belgium Brewing’s East Coast Brewery that use green streets, greenways and stormwater BMPs to add ecological functionality and site resilience to extreme weather.
Chatham Park: 7,000+ acres of New Thinking, Thomas D’Alesandro, Blakefield LLC
Chatham Park is the largest development in North Carolina with as much commercial space (22 million sq. ft.) as Research Triangle Park. It’s the definition of smart growth: All the strategies begin with how the land will be used, with clustering and density rather than sprawl. About 40-50% of the people who will live in as many as 22,000 residential units at Chatham Park will also work there, thus reducing environmental impact of commuting. The project incorporates 30% open space as an amenity and in part to protect wildlife habitat and facilitate movement of wildlife from one area to another, especially along the Haw River. Thomas is behind the master plan. He’s been involved in other large-scale master planned communities like Reston, VA and the Woodlands, TX. He’ll share why Chatham Park is destined to change the norm for North Carolina development.
Chatham Park: Putting Green Infrastructure to Work, Hunter Freeman, WithersRavenel
Developers building in Chatham Park will find a range of innovative stormwater green infrastructure strategies being put to work, some for the first time ever in North Carolina. Not only is Chatham Park working with NCDOT to pilot green street “technologies” within highway rights of way, but they are including cisterns, stormwater planters, and other low impact development (LID strategies on development parcels where practical. While only the first few site plans have been drawn, every project has sustainability measures incorporated. Hunter will talk about how to begin seeing the managed landscape from a stormwater management perspective. He’ll discuss many of the innovations at Chatham Park and also how to get contractors, installation, and maintenance crews engaged in new ways to manage space.
Charlotte: Leveraging Green Infrastructure for City Services and Attracting Investment Tim Porter, Chief Arborist, City of Charlotte, NC and Marc Recktenwald, Water Quality Program Manager, Stormwater Services, City of Charlotte, NC
Charlotte aims to out-compete other cities in the South to lure business residents. As a result, they’re the 8th fastest growing city in the country. Part of their pitch in being an urban community of choice: Quality of life. Green infrastructure plays heavily in their positioning, from tree canopy planning, installation and management, to stormwater practices and parks. With city goals to have 50% tree canopy and all waters swimmable and fishable by 2050, city staff is leveraging all resources to protect and improve air and water quality, maintain and increase open space, protect trees and create livable, walkable communities. Tim and Marc will talk about the programs and ideas the city is putting to work to not only meet water quality regulatory requirements, but also to enhance and create a sense of place.
The Business of Functional Landscapes, Eric Gunderson, Owner, Southern Branch Nursery, Chesapeake, VA
Eric will talk about how Southern Branch Nursery maximizes landscape functionality using native plants. He not only produces and promotes native plants, but he designs and installs native plant wildlife habitat, and uses conservation landscaping to protect and restore water quality. He’ll talk about where he sees the opportunities for all sectors of the green industry—from production to maintenance–especially related to protecting water quality.
Closing Keynote: Green Infrastructure–So Much More than Managing Water! Dr. Bill Hunt, Professor, NC State University, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Raleigh, NC
Bill is internationally renowned for his work with low impact development and developing best management practices to manage stormwater using natural systems. The more LID is pursued, the more science is learning about the positive benefits and ecosystems services stormwater BMPs provide—from cleaning pollutants, sequestering carbon, recharging aquifers, fostering biodiversity, and providing economic and social benefits. Join Bill as he takes you on a journey of how green stormwater infrastructure is enabling deployment of ecosystems services one bioswale, rain garden, or constructed wetland at a time.