During the recent North Carolina Green Industry Council Water Symposium on Green Infrastructure, Mike (a.k.a. Muddy) Schlegel graphically recorded the event, capturing main points of the speakers. He worked quietly off to the side of the stage, but managed to captivate the audience at every turn. Not only was watching him work a visual break during presentations, but his drawings became meeting points at breaks and over lunch, serving as the stimulus for audience member conversations. Many times conversations were between strangers from different disciplines—like a landscape contractor talking with an urban stormwater utility or landscape architect.
During the day Mike is the Water Resources Program Manager with Triangle J Council of Government. He’s a watershed science expert and therefore knows natural resource and water issues very well. He’s also a great facilitator. In his spare time Mike has started Whiteboard Academy, “where we’re on a mission to help unlock awesome through visual thinking.”
Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University, spoke about the Future Value of the Landscape Services Sector. As Mike recorded, he focused on adding value relevance to customers through landscape functionality.
Dr. Bill Hunt, North Carolina State University, inspired the audience to think beyond the immediate benefits of green stormwater infrastructure to also see the ecosystems services in his presentation Green Infrastructure, So Much More than Managing Water.
2016 NC Green Industry Council Symposium presentations may be accessed at the North Carolina Green Industry Council’s website.
NewTerrain July 15, 1016.