Green Infrastructure on the UConn Campus
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:
- take you on a virtual tour of campus GI practices using photos, video, and interactive mapping;
- review monitoring and research results;
- explain the GI tracking system that CLEAR’s NEMO Program is using to quantify the impacts of these practices, and;
- introduce a new multi-media website dedicated to teaching others how to approach using GI to reduce the runoff from their impervious surfaces.
Presented by: CLEAR, NEMO
Running Time: 01:41:01
Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
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, Water Quality Educator, UConn CLEAR Associate Director
Chet Arnold is a Water Quality Educator for the UConn Department of Extension and the Associate Director of the Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR). Chet has been with the University since 1987, and is the Co-founder of the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Project, a national award-winning program that uses geospatial technology to educate local land use decision makers about the relationship between land use and water resource protection. As the Associate Director of CLEAR, Chet focuses on the integration of the Center's research, technology, and outreach functions, and how these activities can best benefit Connecticut communities.