Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management in the Urban Landscape
Friday, June 21, 2013 at Taconic Regional Office of NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Staatsburg, NY. Registration begins 11:30 am; optional box lunch available. Site tour at 12 noon. Workshop with Nina Bassuk and Peter Trowbridge from 1-4 pm.
Please join us for a workshop about green infrastructure design concepts and specific practices for protecting water quality and managing water resources in suburban and urban landscapes. Nina Bassuk and Peter Trowbridge, both on the faculty of Cornell University, will present a program focusing on trees, porous pavement, vegetated systems including rain gardens and bioswales, green roofs, and structural soil. The program will include perspectives on how to use these systems in an integrated approach for design of neighborhood and downtown revitalization projects, new development, and retrofits of individual sites that can restore water quality and provide other tangible benefits for improving drainage, enhancing streetscapes, protecting public health and other community priorities.
The workshop is scheduled for 1:00-4:00 pm. It will be preceded at 12:00 noon by a tour of the site and the building, which features several types of porous paving and other green infrastructure for onsite stormwater management, and a completed green renovation of a historic building that houses the regional NY State Parks office, which is certified as LEED-Platinum that includes energy efficiency, a solar energy system and other design details. Registration begins at 11:30 am and an optional brown bag lunch is available. The program will also feature brief updates about related programs including the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation's Urban and Community Forestry program and Hudson River Estuary Program, educational opportunities available through Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council's green infrastructure program, with opportunities to network with these organizations and others in the region.
Peter Trowbridge is a professor and Chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University as well as principal of Trowbridge, Wolf and Michaels landscape architecture firm. Over the past decade he has developed a unique set of strategies to establish plantings in difficult urban and severely disturbed sites. The result of using these strategies in practice has resulted in projects which demonstrate greater plant survival and subsequently greater success. Success can be measured in numerous local and national awards for greenway and park planning and design. These innovative ideas in plant establishment and design have also been used in the classroom, in a co-taught course with Nina Bassuk, Director of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell, creating experiential learning conditions for the next generation of the "new"professional.
Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 30 years. She is also co-chair of the Cornell Community Forestry Work Team and is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. With Peter Trowbridge she is co- author of 'Trees in the Urban Landscape”, a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes. In addition, Dr. Bassuk has authored 100 papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, including improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification including the development of 'CU-Structural Soil' and improved transplanting technology. She works closely with municipalities to help implement best practices in urban forestry management and developed the Student Weekend Arborist Team to inventory public trees in communities in NY State.