Poster: Planning for Multi-Benefit Green Infrastructure - A Comparative Approach
AICP members will learn about approaches to overcoming barriers to multi-benefit green infrastructure implementation. The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart Cities program has been deploying their 'Smart Cities Framwork' in 20 cities through which we are conducting a deep organizational look at how cities need to operationalize a new multi-benefit approach that permanently overcomes silo walls and sectoral barriers. Partners are interviewed to assess their current activities related to green infrastructure, access to funding sources, barriers, and collaboration opportunities, among other topics. This allows TPL to develop an accurate baseline for how science and spatial data are currently being used to prioritize and design green infrastructure, identify missed opportunities for integration, and design the decision support tool to foster an interagency approach. This poster will illustrate what we have learned from deploying this approach in cities across the country and highlight best practices and lessons learned for replication.
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, The Trust for Public Land
Invited SpeakerHolly Elwell, AICP, is the Senior Program Manager for The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities strategy, partnering with municipalities, academic institutions, federal entities, and others to increase communities’ resilience to climate impacts through the strategic location and design of parks, open space, and other types of green infrastructure. Holly holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Tufts University and has extensive experience working with communities on climate change adaptation planning and risk management.
, Trust for Public Land
Confirmed SpeakerShaun O'Rourke is the Green Infrastructure Director at The Trust for Public Land where he leads the implementation services for the national Climate Smart Cities Program. The Program engages partner cities by linking science and design to identify forward-looking opportunities which exceed environmental health targets and create community benefit through the creation of new multi-benefit public parks and open space. Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Shaun served as the Director of Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College. He has worked at AECOM in New York City as an Ecological Designer and Project Manager. Shaun has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally, served as a technical reviewer for the EPA and named as a jury member for international design competitions such as The Eleven - Cambodia 2015 Challenge. Shaun was appointed to the City of Boston Climate Adaptation and Preparedness Committee in 2014 and is active on the Resiliency Task Force for ULI Boston. He is a member of the Faculty in the School of Landscape Architecture and advisor to the School of Design Studies at the Boston Architectural College. Shaun holds a MLA from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a B.S from University of Vermont.