Planners, Engineers, Contractors, Developers,
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Architects, Landscape Architects, Researchers,
Government Officials, Elected Officials
Thursday August 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM
Registration begins at 7:30 AM
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE SOUTHWEST:CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES
This workshop will explore the use of green infrastructure in arid environments and
- Promote interdisciplinary professional dialogue to increase awareness about Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID);
- Identify certain GI-LID approaches proven to perform in arid environments and strategies to increase their implementation; and
- Challenge other GI-LID approaches and discuss whether and how these issues might be overcome. Some challenges include climate pattern, soil characteristics, and regulatory environment (e.g., interstate compact, design standards).
Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low-Impact Development (LID) techniques are gaining in popularity because of their ability to reduce runoff, improve storm water quality, preserve or create valuable habitat, contribute to more livable and walkable communities, and achieve points for LEED projects. However, the field is still emerging and there are many challenges ahead, including some unique to the desert southwest.
Our keynote speaker will be Neil Weinstein from the Low impact Development Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research, development, and training for water resource and natural resource protection issues. In addition, Congressman Harry Teague (D-NM) will address the conference.
Continuing education credits offered for PE, AICP and AIA; credits are pending for LEED and ASLA.