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Green Infrastructure and Water Management Conference Announced

Nairobi, 9 September 2013

From January 14-16, 2014 the University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability will hold a conference addressing the challenges and opportunities surrounding green infrastructure. Practitioners and researchers from across the full range of engineering, urban and landscape design, natural resource management and social science disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

The event, called Green Infrastructure and Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Areas, will bring together scientists, engineers, urban planners, and urban natural resource managers to highlight the latest developments in the science behind green infrastructure, illustrate new policy, demonstrate innovative engineering techniques, and outline emerging urban design models useful in protecting the water resources within the world’s growing metropolitan regions.

Practitioners and researchers from across the full range of engineering, urban and landscape design, natural resource management and social science disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The abstracts should cover one out of the four conference topics

  1. Defining the Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Theme will focus on scientific foundation of the use of green infrastructure in managing urban water, including surface water and ground water recharge, as well as identify the gaps in our present knowledge.
  2. Barriers to Green Infrastructure Implementation: Theme will focus on scientific inquiry and cost-benefit analysis that address the perception that performance is unknown, concerns about regulatory agency acceptance of green infrastructure, maintenance requirements and costs, conflicting legal mandates, and the lack of staff expertise.
  3. Funding Green Infrastructure Design, Implementation and Maintenance: Theme will focus on investigations into the true economic costs and benefits of transforming a municipal gray infrastructure system into a mixed gray-green system and the implementation costs, as well as long-term maintenance costs of green infrastructure.
  4. Implementation Strategies for Governments, Communities and Developers: Theme will address the organization and implementation of public policy, including land planning regulation and green infrastructure site development procedures.

Abstracts are due on 1 October 2013 – Download Abstract Template & Submit Abstract. (http://usfweb3.usf.edu/PGS/abstractform.aspx )

Registration and logistical details available on conference website here. (http://psgs.usf.edu/patel-center/2014-green-infrastructure-conference/)

For questions and conference details please contact Bessie Skoures at skoures@usf.edu