Stormwater runoff in urban areas is one of the leading sources of water pollution in the United States. As the runoff flows over the land, paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, it accumulates chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that can adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. Through a series of video interviews with specialists from the City of Portland, we explore green infrastructure (GI) and low-impact development (LID) rainwater management strategies. Green Roofs, bioswales, and cisterns are all design strategies explored through video case studies.
The intended audience for this course includes design professionals who want to manage stormwater runoff, protect and restore watersheds, and create more sustainable building sites. Course participants will learn how to achieve the Rainwater Management credit for LEED v4 BD+C and O+M rating systems. In addition, participants will learn how green infrastructure can bring nature into an urban area, which can improve both mental and physical health, increase property value, and enhance wildlife habitat.
Director of Sustainable Education
Florida Gulf Coast
Heart of Florida
Northern Gulf Coast
USGBC Florida Chapter
c/o FAU, College of Engineering
and Computer Science
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Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
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