Transforming the Edge: Incentivizing Waterfront Resiliency
You'll learn about:
Three unique non-regulatory approaches to more resilient shoreline development
Best management practices for resilient development of the shoreline environment in maritime, commercial, and residential properties, as well as parks.
The process of rating systems through specific case study examples.
How to use these programs in their communities
Learn how rating and certification systems provide an important tool to protect and restore our waterfronts. Resiliency, access, and ecology are universal priorities, relevant to any urban or rural waterfront community. However, many jurisdictions struggle to advance sustainability and resiliency lacking adequate waterfront planning and design capacity. This panel includes three credit and rating systems providing frameworks for best management practices in waterfront planning and design: Waterfront Edge Design (WEDG), Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), and Green Shores for Homes (GSH). WEDG is incentives-based rating system for urban or suburban waterfronts, with scorecards tailored for Residential/Commercial, Parks, and Industrial/Maritime developed in New York. SITES, part of the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), ushers landscape architects, engineers, and others toward practices that protect ecosystems and generate and enhance the mosaic of benefits they provide our communities, such as climate regulation, carbon storage, and flood mitigation. GSH encourages the use of soft shore protection (Living Shorelines) in Washington State and British Columbia for both new and remodeled waterfront homes. SCAPE Landscape Architecture will showcase recent works around NYC where urban edges are being transformed in the spirit of the three programs, integrating ecological, social, and physical resilience into urban waterfronts.
, SCAPE Landscape Architecture
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerGena is the Design Principal at SCAPE. Trained in landscape architecture, urban planning and horticulture, Gena draws from her interdisciplinary training to create ecologically rich and culturally relevant landscapes from the infrastructural scale to the site level. Gena leads the design on several significant projects in the office. Gena was on the original Oyster-tecture team and was the Project Manager for SCAPE’s involvement in SIRR, studying large-scale harbor-wide strategies for coastal protection measures that will be utilized in preparation for the next Superstorm. She was also the Project Manager for SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters, a climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island. Gena holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Delaware.
, Washington Sea Grant
Confirmed SpeakerNicole Faghin is a coastal management specialist at Washington Sea Grant based at the University of Washington. Nicole has worked for 25 years as a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. Nicole is engaged in education, outreach,and research on social, economic and environmental shoreline planning efforts including living shorelines, coastal adaptation and working waterfronts. She is a member of the Washington APA Climate Change workgroup, University of Washington Urban Planning and Design Professionals Council, co-chair of the National Working Waterfronts Network, on the ULI NW Interactive Programs Committee, and program manager for the Green Shores for Homes credit and rating program. Nicole holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a law degree from Northeastern University.
, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerRoland Lewis is President and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance, formerly the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. A lifetime New Yorker, Roland studied planning and law at Columbia and Rutgers Universities. After nine years as a partner at a law firm, he became Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity NYC where he guided it to become a national model of Habitat urban success. In 2007, Roland took the helm of MWA. Under his leadership, the Waterfront Alliance has organized a growing constituency for a vibrant, healthy, and accessible waterfront; instituted programs to provide water access; and become the leading waterfront policy organization in the New York region.
, Sustainable SITES Initiative
Confirmed SpeakerSince 2006, I have served in multiple roles in the development of the Sustainable SITES Initiative® (SITES®), most recently as SITES Director. SITES was originally developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the Wildflower Center, American Society of Landscape Architects and the United States Botanic Garden to promote sustainable land design and development. Research from SITES staff and numerous technical advisors, and feedback from the multi-year pilot program ultimately informed the development of the SITES v2 Rating System: For Sustainable Land Design and Development (and accompanying manual, the SITES v2 Reference Guide) released in June 2014. SITES v2 is the first comprehensive, voluntary rating system available for the public to use for designing and developing high-performance landscapes. As of June 2015, the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is operating the SITES program, in addition to their LEED® Green Building Program and various other systems. I continue to remain actively involved with SITES by providing technical assistance and participating in educational workshops with GBCI to support the development, launch and delivery of SITES credentialing and certification offerings. In 2016, I participated in a subject matter expert group formed for the development of a SITES professional credential (SITES AP). The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) launched in October 2016 and is now available worldwide. I have spoken nationally and internationally and have taught courses at The University of Texas at Austin on SITES, sustainable land development and ecosystem services. I am a LEED Accredited Professional (U.S. Green Building Council) and have a master’s degree in sustainable design from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University. I have served as a technical consultant to the Sustainable Sites Working Group for development of the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for high-performance green buildings and as Vice Chair for the Sustainability Professional Section of the American Public Garden Association.