The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Watershed Academy sponsors free monthly webcasts for watershed practitioners from around the globe. On Wednesday, July 23, 2008, the EPA presents Green Streets: From Gray Funnels to Green Sponges, discussing how communities can more effectively manage rainwater and snow melt where it falls, incorporating more green designs into long-term urban and transportation planning.
Presenters are Clark Wilson, senior urban designer for Smart Growth Program with the EPA; and Ellen Greenberg, visiting practitioner, University of California Davis. Green streets can make great places, preserve water quality, and restore our nation’s waterways, the EPA says. These and other practices are helping many urban communities such as Portland, Wash., and Seattle address stormwater runoff, as well as provide aesthetic benefits. In addition, green streets and other environmentally friendly landscape designs can help minimize urban heat island effect, reduce a community’s carbon footprint, and cool the planet.