Transforming the Edge: Incentivizing Waterfront Resiliency

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
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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.


Geneva Wirth , SCAPE Landscape Architecture , New York , NY (see bio)
Nicole Faghin , Washington Sea Grant , Seattle , WA (see bio)
Roland Lewis , Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance , New York , NY (see bio)
Danielle Pieranunzi , Sustainable SITES Initiative , Austin , TX (see bio)