Moving Green Infrastructure From “State of the Art” to “Standard Practice”

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
January 1, 1970

Local governments and developers are experimenting with nature-inspired techniques for managing stormwater, such as green roofs, planted swales, pervious pavement, and rain gardens. The philanthropic sector, government agencies and universities have banded together to promote these green infrastructure practices because they not only reduce flooding, water pollution and stream erosion, but can also produce multiple ancillary benefits for surrounding neighborhoods. Nevertheless, developers and municipalities typically fall back on more traditional gray infrastructure approaches. How can green infrastructure mature from the current experimental stage and become mainstream, much as green buildings did over the last two decades? Panelists will present new tools: a forthcoming model stormwater ordinance for municipalities produced by Sustainable Jersey, step-by-step directions for assessing where specific green infrastructure techniques can best manage stormwater cost-effectively, and new project approaches including layered projects that draw on multiple funding sources.

  • Chris Sturm: Senior Director of State Policy, New Jersey Future
  • Donna Drewes, NJPP, AICP: Co-Director, The Sustainability Institute, TCNJ
  • Stephen Marks, NJPP, AICP, CFM: Municipal Manager, City of Hoboken
  • Jennifer Gonzalez, AICP, LEED GA: Senior Environmental Planner, The Louis Berger Group

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