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EBC Presents: The Water Forum – A Series on Sustainable Water Resources Management

When:
October 25, 2007 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am


courtesy Michael van Valkenburgh Associates


courtesy LimnoTech

Green Roofs and the Sustainable Water Management Equation

Welcome:
Daniel K. Moon, President, EBC
Michael J. Hanlon, Chairman, Weston & Sampson, Inc.

Moderator:
James Hunt, Chief, Environmental and Energy Services, City of Boston (Invited)

Panelist:
Wendi Goldsmith, CPSWQ Bioengineering Group
Greg Peterson, Limno-Tech
Peter Lowitt, Devens Enterprise Commission

Much attention has been paid recently to the aesthetic appeal of vegetated roof top technologies. They are recognized as key tools towards achieving sustainable water management at the site scale. However, they are still rarely put to use and some of the assumed benefits, such as stormwater runoff reduction, though significant, turn out to be less important than other benefits and cost savings.  In fact, detailed analyses consistently demonstrates that green roofs are a smart choice to save money while delivering improved water quality, air quality, energy savings, and public enjoyment. Join us as our panel explores the topic of green roof case studies, outlining features, benefits, and anecdotes affecting decision-making; computation models for stormwater management functions and life-cycle cost/benefit analysis of green roofs; and issues affecting regulatory acceptance including tailored ordinances and incentives.

Who should attend: architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners, municipal officials, construction contractors, project owners, or anyone who expects to be involved with building projects that seek to be cost effective and/or to contribute public benefits in support of multiple environmental policies.

The goal of The Water Forum is to bring together various stakeholders to discuss in an open forum the frameworks necessary for development of a sustainable water resources infrastructure. The desired outcome would be an exchange of ideas, and a greater understanding of the impacts on stakeholders.