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Performance and Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Approaches in the Urban Context: A Philadelphia Case Study Progress Review Meeting

May 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research is pleased to invite you to attend…
Performance and Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Approaches in the Urban Context: A Philadelphia Case Study Progress Review Meeting
May 9, 2017
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
The presentation will be livestreamed as a webinar via Adobe Connect.
 Meeting Information
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, funded five grants to support investigating the performance and effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) practices at the urban watershed level to address the complexities of urban communities and to contribute to a more holistic understanding of the potential of GI in the urban water cycle. For these grants, the city of Philadelphia, specifically its 40,500-acre Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) area, is the geographic study area. At this meeting, the grant recipients are presenting their research. Their presentations will address how, collectively, the portfolio of research has addressed each of the five research areas identified in the 2012 RFA, Performance and Effectiveness of Green infrastructure Stormwater Management Approaches in the Urban Context: A Philadelphia Case Study. 
U.S. EPA Safe and Sustainable Water Research
These STAR grants and funded research are supported by the EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Research Program, (SSWR). SSWR research program efforts are done in partnership with other EPA programs, federal and state agencies, academia, nongovernmental agencies, public and private stakeholders, and the global scientific community. Through an integrated science and engineering approach, the SSWR research program is developing cost-effective, sustainable solutions to these 21st century complex water issues and proactively addressing emerging concerns. 
Agenda and Speakers
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks       
Angela Page, Project Officer, National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), EPA
Dr. Jim Johnson, Director, NCER, EPA
9:20 a.m.  
Dr. Chris Impelliteri, Associate National Program Director, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Program, EPA
9:40 a.m.   
Office of Water – EPA Office of Water Perspective
10:00 a.m. 
Dr. Tom Ballestero, (University of New Hampshire)
What critical steps need to occur and pivotal links need to be established (such as relationships between municipalities and communities) for the successful adoption and implementation of green infrastructure (GI) practices and approaches within urban communities?
11:00 a.m.
Dr. Laura Toran, (Temple University)
Using demonstrations, how can GI practices in highly urbanized communities be systematically evaluated in terms of the early benefits, long-term performance effectiveness, and economic viability?
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m
Dr. Robert Traver, (Villanova University)
How can cities establish sub-watershed scale approaches to monitor and evaluate both the individual performance and combined effectiveness of GI practices?  What local parameters will affect the scalability and transferability of these approaches?  How can cities use lessons learned from these scaled approaches to guide successful implementation and adaptive management strategies?
2:00 p.m.
Dr. David Hsu, (MIT/University of Pennsylvania)
How can GI controls for stormwater be designed, built, and maintained through alternative finance mechanisms, especially in underserved and economically disadvantaged areas?  Identify the critical regulatory, credit or incentive, and financial structures which must be in place in order to support alternative financing for GI.
3:00 p.m.  
3:15 p.m.   
Dr. Arthur McGarity, (Swarthmore College)
What are the benefits of urban GI to neighborhoods and communities and how can they best be evaluated, both quantitatively and qualitatively, addressing ancillary value, ecosystem services, monetization, neighborhood livability.
4:15 p.m.  
  Webinar Concludes


May 9, 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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