Creating new collaborative networks, identifying research and education priorities, and sharing existing resources.
Metropolitan areas face many challenges, including those of urban flooding, storm-water management, air and water quality, urban heat islands, chronic diseases and public health issues, access to green spaces, and equity and social justice. Urban green infrastructure has a role in addressing all these urban issues.
Green infrastructure includes vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices that restore some of the natural processes required to manage water and create healthier urban environments (EPA. October, 2017). Green Infrastructure elements may be integrated in communities in single, small-scale applications or networks of practices spanning entire watersheds. Examples include land conservation, urban tree canopy, green roofs, green parking, green streets and alleys, permeable pavements, bioswales, planter boxes, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and downspout disconnection.
Low Impact Development, Sustainable Stormwater Solutions and Green Infrastructure terms will be used interchangeably for the purpose of this Summit.
Join the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research’s Urban Green Infrastructure Summit on Feb 21 & 22 at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, OR. This summit will connect government and agency personnel, University researchers, and Extension professional, to create new collaborative networks, identify research and education priorities, and share existing resources.
Date & Location
Embassy Suites at Tigard, Oregon
Main Summit Dates: Feb 21 and 22, 2018
- Feb 20: Informal evening social
- Feb 21: morning and afternoon sessions (8:30-5:00 pm)
- Feb 22: morning and afternoon sessions (8:30-3:00 pm)
- Tentative: Feb 23: morning research work session (8:00 – 12:00 pm)
Who Should Attend
City, county, and agency department level personnel, applied research faculty, and Extension professionals.