Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Costs & Benefits to Our Communities
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:30-a.m.-5:00 p.m.http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2014CleanWaterSummit.aspx
$60 members and conference affiliates. $70 general registration
Fee includes lunch and Arboretum admission
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In Minnesota, water is an important yet vulnerable resource we need to protect. Using green infrastructure to manage runoff in the urban landscape plays an important role in cleaning our water and provides multiple benefits to our communities. Yet widespread use on public and private property still isn't the norm. The 2014 Clean Water Summit will focus on both the costs and benefits of green infrastructure in development projects, including the economic, social, and ecological factors. Participants will learn how we currently value clean water, why we need to change the way we think about water as a finite resource, and tools and strategies that have been used to develop green infrastructure projects, leading to more partnerships, more implementation, greater acceptance, and cleaner water in our communities.
• Keynote: A Big Water View
Journalist Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
• Keynote: Community Change Through Green Infrastructure
• Keynote: Emerging Economics of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services
• Breakout Sessions: Case Studies of large- and small-scale projects
• Workshop: Cost/Benefit Tools
• Happy Hour & Networking at the Arboretum
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Clean Water Summit will bring together attendees from both the public and private sector who are interested in learning not only why, but how they can promote and implement green infrastructure in their own work.This includes: • municipal stormwater managers • engineers • public agency staff •landscape architects • policy makers • private land owners • contractors and builders • property managers • community planners • designers.