Multipurpose Wetland Parks
Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. CDT
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The world population is projected to reach 8.5 billion people in the next 15 years increasing demand for suitable developable land while further straining our supply of limited potable water resources. Meanwhile in Texas, many cities are experiencing exponential growth while rural areas remain stable or lose population. Our citizens' obesity rates are increasing, we are losing our connection to the natural environment, and each jurisdiction is expected to do more, with less. A prevailing sense of urgency demands that we think outside conventional boxes to meet the complex needs of the 21st century. This session will explore how two metropolitan areas (Waco, Texas, and a consortium of suburban cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex) have successfully utilized utility scale green infrastructure solutions to replace comparable and costly gray infrastructure, while improving their overall sustainability through the multipurpose benefits of habitat restoration and development, water reuse, carbon footprint offset, community recreation, and public outreach and education. Both projects received the Texas Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and set the bar for all jurisdictions to learn from and emulate. Attendees will gain a more thorough understanding of the best practices in using utility scale green infrastructure as part of an overall strategy of improving a city's sustainability through efficient use of water and taxpayer resources, while at the same time providing additional ecological, educational, and recreational benefits to the community. Take away will include a better understanding of the role planners' play in advancing the multipurpose benefits of utility scale green infrastructure and tools they can use to advance it.
Michael McAnelly, firstname.lastname@example.org