Realizing Our Sustainability Potential: Utilizing Urban Trees for Stormwater Management

APA Kentucky Chapter


Thursday, July 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

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Using urban trees as green infrastructure for our cities is arguably the most sustainable stormwater management solution available. Drainage problems arising from increasing levels of urbanization have exacerbated the limitations of conventional surface-water drainage measures. The possibilities there are to turn stormwater runoff from a hindrance to an opportunity are limitless. Street trees can be essential components to the management of stormwater in urban areas. Specifically designed urban tree pit systems can effectively and sustainably mitigate stormwater challenges and significantly reduce the velocity and flow rate of surface water runoff, contributing towards meeting the required discharge rates, while filtering out harmful pollutants and contaminants carried in surface water. This presentation uses GreenBlue Urban’s 25 years of field experience, in conjunction with world-renowned researchers such as the University of Abertay Dundee and E2 Design Labs, to examine the opportunities available for integrating stormwater management into urban tree planting for truly sustainable urban landscapes.


Jeremy Bailey

Jeremy is a senior consultant at GreenBlue Urban, where his experience covers a broad range including low impact development, urban tree planting, and sustainable stormwater management. His knowledge offers many insights into the values of incorporating green infrastructure designs into the urban landscape, providing many solutions that are being utilized ... Read More

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