Green Streets, Complete Streets
You'll learn about:
- New, cutting-edge strategies from three American cities for integrating sustainable stormwater management into street reconstruction projects
- How planners have collaborated across agencies and departments, and with private partners, to identify opportunities and find funding to implement high-performing green stormwater infrastructure
- What leading U.S. cities are doing to measure performance on their streets beyond the basic metrics, targeting improvements in safety, public health, local economic activity, and access to green space
A flooded street is not a complete street, but stormwater management is often overlooked in urban street design. Increasingly, city transportation departments are partnering with water departments to fully leverage the opportunities for sustainable stormwater management in the right-of-way. Though constrained urban streets have a number of competing demands, green stormwater infrastructure can be integrated into street designs that achieve other city goals, such as traffic calming, increasing public space, improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and enhancing transit. Through inter-departmental collaboration, cities are unlocking new funding and achieving shared goals for more sustainable streetscapes.
Learn more about tools and strategies from the newest publication from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO): "Stormwater Street Design Guide," a resource for transportation professionals, land-use planners, stormwater engineers, and complete streets advocates alike. Practitioners from three American cities will also share stories on collaborating across agencies, developing innovative green infrastructure projects for streets, and identifying new strategies for measuring performance.
Confirmed SpeakerAriel Ben-Amos is a city planner for the City of Philadelphia. Ariel helped launch the City’s Pedestrian Plaza and Parklet programs as well as its Complete Streets and Transit First initiatives. He currently serves as a coordinator and liaison between the Philadelphia Water Department''s Office of Watersheds and SEPTA, the Streets Department, the PPA and other agencies. Ben-Amos works to ensure that green stormwater management infrastructure is integrated in Philadelphia's transportation infrastructure investments. Ariel’s served in the Peace Corps (Albania) and on numerous non-profit boards within Philadelphia (from the Gershman Y to Bartram’s Gardens), working to promote arts and culture in the city’s neighborhoods. He is both a graduate and instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching both at his under graduate program (Urban Studies) and in the School of Design’s program (City and Regional Planning).
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