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Best of Greenbuild Series | 'The Wire' to Watershed: Sparking Change in Baltimore

  • October 12, 2016
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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CANCELLED due to Hurricane Matthew
(In person or via GoToWebinar)
Wednesday, October 12 - 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Rebroadcast Date
(Via GoToWebinar)
Thursday, November 3rd - 12:-00 - 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore is often cast in the shadows of crime, drugs, depopulation, etc. particularly in shows like ‘The Wire.’ While Baltimore has and continues to experience challenges, efforts of ecologic and social change are being made in some of its most distressed neighborhoods. These changes are highlighted in collaborative work of a multi-year study in the Watershed 263 (WS263) project. Stemming from a mandate for Baltimore City to control water pollution, government agencies reached out to organizations with experience in community-based greening efforts as a strategy for enhanced water quality. 

To test a theory of stormwater and community revitalization, a multi-year ecological research study was funded and expanded for implementation engaging designers to assist with implementable projects. These watershed communities have proven fertile ground to study the challenges of stormwater improvements in highly urbanized landscapes while expanding upon community engaged greening initiatives. Despite adversity, work in parks, schools,and community spaces has demonstrated that with limited funds, community building can be the strongest tool to empower residents for change. 

For a combination of 30+ years, this team of presenters has worked with the residents to overcome obstacles, creating visible and lasting changes in education, health and safety, and quality of life.


  • GBCI Credit Hours: 1
  • LEED Specific: ND
This is a self-reporting series. You will receive a certificate of attendance yet you need to self-report your own continuing education credits to GBCI, etc. In order for USGBC Florida to report your continuing education credits (CE’s), please make sure your contact and/or member profile is complete with your GBCI (e.g., 10406302, usually starts with a 1 and has eight digits) and AIA numbers (e.g., 30028458, usually starts with a 3 and has eight digits).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify opportunities to engage residents in neighborhood development and community planning through urban stormwater management implementation
  • Evaluate opportunities for improving streetscape aesthetics and functionality through retrofitting stormwater management techniques in older, highly urbanized communities
  • Understand the relationship between community greening & green infrastructure as a means for social change in communities and neighborhood schools
  • Apply techniques or collaborative research, public education and engagement; implementation and on-going reevaluation as a means of socio ecologic change and potential replication.


JoAnn Trach Tongson
Associate Principal at Mahan Rykiel Associates. Baltimore, Maryland

Steven Preston
Green Infrastructure Project Manager at Parks & People Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland 

J. Morgan Grove
Research Scientist / Team Leader at USDA Forest Service, Baltimore, Maryland


In-Person Location (Coffee, Bagels, & Networking): 
Auld & White Constructors, 4168 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216

To register for the web-based “from your desk with the GoToWebinar” option, please note that it is a two-step registration process.  Your confirmation email will have a link to fill in your name and email in order to receive your own unique GoToWebinar login. 

Special Thanks to Our Venue Host

(In-Person Sessions)

For technical questions or questions DURING the webcast, email Sarah Boren  or text  904-535-0055.

Please email Sarah Boren if you are interested in sponsoring this event or the whole series for the year.

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