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Webinar on Regional Engagement for Green Infrastructure Decision-Making & Implementation
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When: 12/17/2015
Where: Webinar

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Thursday, December 17
3:00 - 4:30 ET

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Elizabeth Sawin, PhD


Climate Interactive


Ben Gramling

Environmental Health Director

16th Street Community Health Center


Brad Collett

Assistant Professor

UT College of Architecture and Design




Andrea Pompei Lacy, AICP

Research Facilitator

University of Louisville, Center for Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Finance Center


Sara James

Program Manager

NADO Research Foundation






Join the NADO Research Foundation and the University of Louisville Environmental Finance Center

this Thursday (December 17) from 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET for a webinar showcasing regional approaches to green infrastructure decision-making and implementation.




In cities, towns, and regions throughout the country, green infrastructure has emerged as a powerful tool for enhancing community livability, economic competitiveness, and resilience in the face of a changing climate. At the regional level, green infrastructure is defined more broadly as an interconnected system of local interventions or a larger network of natural lands, working landscapes, and open spaces that provide a range of eco-system services. Since these complex systems often spanlocal jurisdictional boundaries, regional development organizations (RDOs) and other regional planning entities throughout the country are increasingly recognizing their growing role in the evolution of green infrastructure.




Brought to you through a partnership between the NADO Research Foundation at the University of Louisville Environmental Finance Center serving EPA Region 4, this webinar will share the stories of two regional green infrastructure decision-making approaches from the Kinnickinnic River Watershed region within the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the East Tennessee region surrounding Knoxville.

The Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool helps decision-makers understand the multiple benefits of green infrastructure using a system dynamics simulation that tracks the stocks of green and grey infrastructure based on a user's decisions about allocation of investment. Elizabeth Sawin from Climate Interactive, and Ben Gramling from the 16th Street Community Health Center, will describe the engagement process for the development and utilization of the tool in consultation with a broad group of partners andadvisersin the region.

The regional guide,Low Impact Development: Opportunities for the PlanET Regionis a visually rich resource designed to help municipalities, developers and the general public to understand opportunities and best practices for regional green infrastructure implementation. Brad Collett from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design will share the guide's development, it's alignment with broader regional planning efforts, and highlight methods for regional stakeholder engagement, with special emphasis on nontraditional and underrepresented groups.







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