As states begin re-opening phases from COVID-19, many are looking at what the impact will be on public and environmental health. A natural nexus for these two areas of focus is that of natural/green infrastructure and storm water management.
As much of the country is now starting to open up from months-long stay-at-home orders, many are taking an assessment of the toll-to-date from this strange and challenging period. As well, many are questioning what this means with regards to numerous prevailing public health and environmental challenges – from climate change to increasing threats to water resources and community livability, particularly with the increasing intensity of storms, hurricanes and extreme weather conditions and other disasters, including but not limited to wildfires and droughts, stressing the increasing importance of access to safe, clean water. After all, how could we prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its absence? As highlighted in their article, https://www.estormwater.com/coronavirus/analyzing-value-green-infrastructure-during-covid-19, the panelists and GI experts, Seth Brown and Dominique Lueckenhoff will explore and discuss the documented importance of green infrastructure in bolstering public and environmental health for increased protection and resilience related to COVID-19 and other pathogens that severely threaten and adversely impact our collective well-being.
Dominique Lueckenhoff serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Hugo Neu Corporation. Reporting to the Chair and CEO, she leads the company’s global efforts in corporate sustainability, environmental policy, public and community affairs, and green business growth and investment. Ms. Lueckenhoff also serves as Adjunct Professor on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, chairs the National Municipal Stormwater Association’s (NMSA) newly created Center of Excellence for Community-Based Public Private Partnerships, participates on the Water Steering Committee of the American Sustainable Business Council and serves on the Board of EarthEcho International and Carbon180’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. Recognized as a national leader and expert in green infrastructure and sustainable communities, Ms. Lueckenhoff has over 25 years of award-winning program development and management experience across multiple USEPA programs protecting the nation’s air, water, and land. Prior to joining Hugo Neu, Ms. Lueckenhoff served as Senior Advisor to the EPA Region 3 Administrator where she developed and led initiatives related to innovative community-based public private partnerships, next generation technologies and alternative market-based approaches to achieving “faster, cheaper, greener” environmental improvements and resilient, sustainable communities. Ms. Lueckenhoff also served as Acting Director of the EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division, directing administration and management of all division activities. In addition to holding an MS degree in Microbiology & Biophysics as a National Science Foundation Fellow, she received her U.S. Senior Executive Service (SES) certification as a graduate of the US Treasury Executive Institute and US EPA SES Candidate Development Program.
Dr. Seth Brown, P.E.
Seth Brown is the Principal and Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing a range of services in the stormwater sector. He is the Executive Director of the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA), which is a 501.c.3 representing state and regional organizations focused on stormwater issues. Seth is also the Senior Stormwater Advisor with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) where he supports national-level technical and policy initiatives associated with stormwater issues. He has a PhD from George Mason University in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland.