by Karen W. Robison, LEED GA, ENV SP, Practice Lead, Manager, H2M architects + engineers
Green infrastructure has tremendous benefits in reducing stormwater runoff volumes, pollutant reduction, and enhancing groundwater recharge in dense urban areas. With an increase in urban populations and increase in heavy rainfall events developing sustainable stormwater management solution is more important than ever, but to truly benefit from these designs the designer cannot take a one size fits all approach. This talk will review the various types of green infrastructure approaches, benefits, implementation and maintenance requirements. The talk will review successful and unsuccessful green infrastructure applications and how to help your client make the right decision for their specific site. What are other parameters need to be assessed to ensure the full potential of the design is achieved? What is the commitment needed from the owner? What is the commitment from the public?
Ms. Robison has been a site design consultant in New York City for twenty years. She has worked on various sized healthcare, education, transportation, recreational, industrial and military facility projects throughout the US. Her main focus throughout this time has been working with various city, state and federal clients to enhance the minimum stormwater management requirements provided within each project to benefit the client and the environment. She has a B.S in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University and is currently a Practice Leader at H2M architects + engineers in their New York City office.