CLEAR 2014 Webinar Series

Green Infrastructure on the UConn Campus

Running Time: 01:41:01


The main campus of the University of Connecticut is rapidly becoming a showcase for the innovative stormwater practices known as green infrastructure (GI), or low impact development (LID). Green roofs, rain gardens, pervious parking lots and walkways, bioretention cells, and other GI features now dot the campus landscape. This webinar will show what they look like, discuss how are they working, and explore whether there are lessons to be learned. We will:

  1. take you on a virtual tour of campus GI practices using photos, video, and interactive mapping;
  2. review monitoring and research results;
  3. explain the GI tracking system that CLEAR’s NEMO Program is using to quantify the impacts of these practices, and;
  4. introduce a new multi-media website dedicated to teaching others how to approach using GI to reduce the runoff from their impervious surfaces.


Micheal Dietz

Michael Dietz

CT NEMO Program Director
(860) 345-5225

Mike is a water resources educator, with primary responsibilities for running the CT NEMO Program. Mike’s position is jointly held between the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus. In addition to assuming the leadership of the NEMO Program, Mike will contribute to Sea Grant’s sustainable coastal community development program.

He received both his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, focusing on stormwater and low impact development (LID) techniques. Upon his graduation, he worked with the Connecticut NEMO program from 2005 to 2007 on projects related to LID. He left Connecticut in 2007 to take a position at Utah State University as an assistant professor and extension specialist in sustainable living, where he continued to work on stormwater monitoring and LID, in addition to green building, energy conservation, and water harvesting. He was director of Utah House, a demonstration house for green building techniques.

Chet Arnold

Chet Arnold

NEMO Program Co-Founder, CLEAR Director
(860) 345-5230

Chet Arnold is an Extension Educator and CLEAR Director. Chet has been with the University since 1987, and has worked on the Long Island Sound Study Public Outreach Program, the NEMO Program, the National NEMO Network, and CLEAR – all of which he helped to create. He has authored several national award-winning papers and has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on over $20M of external grants. As Director, Chet focuses on the integration and dissemination of CLEAR land use research, geospatial tools and training, and outreach programs to best serve CLEAR’s municipal and other audiences. His specialty is harnessing the talent of his younger and more intelligent colleagues and taking credit for their work.