Regional Green Infrastructure Strategies and Tools
You'll learn about:
- The importance and value of regional green infrastructure/open space systems in addressing larger goals related to climate change, equity, biodiversity, human health, and economic development
- Techniques and tools for open-space planning at the regional scale
- How to achieve better collaboration and use existing conservation resources more effectively
To sustain our communities, green infrastructure systems—the parks, trails, water bodies, agricultural and forest lands, biodiversity areas, and other open spaces—must function and remain viable at the regional scale. Unfortunately, jurisdictional boundaries, lack of coordination between conservation groups, and “siloed” programs prevent
Learn about a compelling geographic vision for conserving and connecting open space across the regional landscape, proposed strategies to achieve greater intergovernmental/organizational collaboration and integrate green infrastructure systems into the comprehensive planning framework, and analytical tools for evaluating open spaces’ “ecosystem service” benefits in order to direct efforts toward most beneficial green infrastructure projects and advocate for funding. Ultimately ROSS will improve decision making and enhance the effectiveness of open-space conservation and enhancement efforts, from wild to urban. Discuss strategies and techniques you can apply in your communitys.
, Makers Arch & Urban Design
Confirmed SpeakerAs partner at MAKERS since 1979, John Owen’s professional experience covers a variety of work, ranging from waterfronts and public improvement projects to site master planning, comprehensive planning, and urban design projects. The common threads running through this diversity of work are a focus on a participatory, team-oriented design approach, solid management, technical capabilities, and commitment to providing a personalized professional service. His urban design projects have included Broadway Street Improvements, numerous design guidelines, the Regional Design Component of PSRC's VISION 2040 Growth Managment Strategy, Seattle's Design Guidelines, the Alki Harbor Duwamish Corridor Design Plan, the University Community Urban Center Plan and the Ave Street Improvements Plan. John’s work in planning and has included agricultural land conservation in Snohomish County, and several urban center plans, community development strategies and shoreline master programs. He assisted Washington State Department of Ecology on the new shoreline management rules and has produced several handbooks and design manuals for transit oriented design, flood plain management, residential development, shoreline access and design standards. He has also led numerous award winning street design, community design and planning projects. John served on the Seattle Planning Commission for 6 years and currently is a member of the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council.
, Univ of Washington
Confirmed SpeakerNancy Rottle, RLA, FASLA, is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington where she is on the faculties of Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Urban Planning and Design. As Director of the Green Futures Research and Design Lab she leads projects addressing urban and regional green infrastructure, including parks and open space, habitat, stormwater, and active transport, and has been co-directing the Regional Open Space Strategy for Central Puget Sound (ROSS). A licensed landscape architect, Professor Rottle's many years of professional practice facilitates her bridging of academic research and applied planning and design. Nancy lectures globally and in addition to publishing numerous papers and book chapters, she is the co-author of Basics Landscape Architecture: Ecological Design (AVA Press 2011), co-editor of a special issue of Places Journal on Climate Change and Place (2007), and vice-chair of the edited volume, Green Infrastructure Implementation, published by the Water Environment Federation in 2014.
, The Trust for Public Land
, Santa Fe
Confirmed SpeakerFred Gifford is the Deputy Director of Conservation GIS for The Trust for Public Land. In this role he manages and implements projects nationwide in the Large Landscape, Greenprint, and Climate Smart Cites programs and leads a team of GIS staff and consultants to implement cutting-edge, GIS methodologies, tools and frameworks for conservation projects. Fred is also the Technical Lead for the TPL GIS Team and leads application development, web development, and system design and implementation efforts. Fred is an environmental management and geographic information system (GIS) professional with over 25 years experience. He has worked in a wide array of environmental management and GIS service areas including: business development, client management, staffing, project management, and technical oversight. Fred specializes in managing data intensive, multi-disciplinary studies and computer application development projects that utilize GIS technology. His primary application expertise relates to environmental and natural resource studies (20 years) but also includes local government, transportation, and utilities applications. His expertise includes project management, requirements analysis, system design, programming, and system implementation. Fred has designed and implemented multi-agency, multi-application GIS projects; large GIS data conversion projects; and focused single-application systems.