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Siting Big Infrastructure in Large Landscapes
Activity Code: S486
Date: Sunday, April 14
Appropriately siting large scale energy and transportation infrastructure requires a critical understanding of large landscape conservation as proposals for transmission lines and networks, pipelines, highways, and rail corridors can fragment landscape resources. By planning ahead, landscape conservation and big infrastructure proponents can use incentives, mitigation funds, and other measures to achieve their respective goals. Learn how communities in New Jersey, Arizona, and the 13-state NiSource pipeline network have successfully sited big infrastructure in large landscapes.
William L. Allen III
Director of Strategic Conservation Planning, The Conservation Fund
Phone: (919) 967-2248
Work: William L. Allen, III is the Director of Strategic Conservation for The Conservation Fund in Chapel Hill, NC and also serves on the Fund’s Leadership Council. With the Fund since 1994, Will is responsible for project design, management and delivery of customized conservation services for partners that advance The Conservation Fund’s dual charter of environmental protection and economic development. Strategic Conservation services utilize a green infrastructure planning approach that helps partners identify conservation priorities and goals, inventory assets, map green infrastructure networks, develop strategies for implementation, and build local capacity for partners to achieve their conservation vision. Will and his team help corporations, transportation agencies, military services, city and county elected officials, regional and watershed organizations, natural resource agencies and nonprofits design comprehensive and tailored strategies that balance green and grey infrastructure needs.
Education: Will holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina.
Publications: Allen, William L., III. 2012. Advancing Green Infrastructure at All Scales: From Landscape to Site. Environmental Practice 14(1): 17-25. Peer Reviewed. Allen, William L.; Ole M. Amundsen, III; Jozo Dujmović; Kent D. Messer. 2011. Identifying and selecting strategic mitigation opportunities: Criteria design and project evaluation using Logic Scoring of Preference and optimization. Journal of Conservation Planning, Volume 7, pp. 61-68. (http://www.journalconsplanning.org/2011/index.html) Allen, William L., III, and Kris Hoellen. 2012. A Green Infrastructure Approach to Endangered and Threatened Species Mitigation. Proceedings of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. May 2012. Portland, OR Amundsen, Ole M., Will Allen and Kris Hoellen. 2009. Green Infrastructure Planning: Recent Advances and Applications, American Planning Association, PAS Memo, May/June 2009. Available: http://www.conservationfund.org/sites/default/files/Green_Infrastructure_Planning_The_Conservation_Fund.pdf Conservation Fund. 2011. Implementing the NiSource Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan: A Framework for Mitigation Using Green Infrastructure Network Design and Decision Support Tools. (http://www.conservationfund.org/sites/default/files/The_Conservation_Fund_NiSource_Summary_2011.pdf) Dujmović, J.J. and Allen, W.L. 2011. A Family of Soft Computing Decision Models for Selecting Multi-Species Habitat Mitigation Projects, World Conference on Soft Computing, San Francisco, May 2011. Peer Reviewed. Lerner, Jeff, and William L. Allen, III. 2012. Landscape Scale Green Infrastructure Investments as a Climate Adaptation: A Case Example for the Midwest United States. Environmental Practice 14(1): 45-56. Peer Reviewed.
Other Publications: Allen, William L., III, Ted C. Weber and Kris A. Hoellen. 2010. “Green Infrastructure Design and Benefit-Cost Optimization in Transportation Planning: Maximizing Conservation and Restoration Opportunities in Four Southern Maryland Watersheds.” Chapter in Burke, David G. and Joel E. Dunn (eds.). A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation. (http://www.conservationfund.org/sustainable-chesapeake) Allen, William L., III, Ted C. Weber. 2009. “Advancing the Strategic Conservation through Green Infrastructure” Sustainability Tomorrow. April – June, pp.6-12. Amundsen, Ole M., Will Allen and Kent Messer. December 2009. “The Next Big Step in Strategic Land Conservation: Conservation Optimization”. Eastern Lands and Resource Council White Paper. Benedict, Mark A., William L. Allen, III, and E. T. McMahon. 2004. Advancing Strategic Conservation in the Commonwealth of Virginia: Using a Green Infrastructure Approach to Conserving and Managing the Commonwealth’s Natural Areas, Working Landscapes, Open Space, and Other Critical Resources. Prepared for the Virginia Department of Forestry. McDonald (King), Leigh Anne, W. L. Allen III, M. A. Benedict, and K O’Connor. 2005. Green Infrastructure Plan Evaluation Frameworks. Journal of Conservation Planning, Volume 1, pp. 6-25. (http://www.journalconsplanning.org/2005/index.html) Peer Reviewed. Messer, Kent D. and William Allen III, 2011. Development of a Best Practices Framework for County Land Protection Programs in Maryland: Quantifying Benefits, Costs and Effectiveness of Land Parcel Selection. Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology. Peer Reviewed. Messer, Kent D. and William Allen III, 2010. Applying Optimization and the Analytic Hierarchy Process to Enhance Agricultural Preservation Strategies in the State of Delaware. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 39(2). Peer Reviewed Messer, Kent D., William L. Allen, III, and Heather Cisar. 2009. Optimizing Project Selection for the U.S. Army Compatible Use Buffer Program. White paper prepared for US Army Environmental Command and LMI Government Consulting. Weber, T.C. and Allen, W.L. 2010. Beyond on-site mitigation: An integrated, multi-scale approach to environmental mitigation and stewardship for transportation projects. Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 96, pp. 240-256. Peer Reviewed.
Past Assignments: A Green Infrastructure Approach to Endangered and Threatened Species Mitigation (With Kris Hoellen): National Association of Environmental Professionals, Portland, Oregon, May 2012 Using Green Infrastructure as a Tool to Identify Smart Mitigation Opportunities (With Kris Hoellen): Pikes Peak COG, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2011 Planning the Green and the Grey as Complementary Systems: Optimizing Environmental Project Selection (with Dr. Kent Messer): 1) Maryland State Highway Administration – Optimization Decision Support Tool Training Course, Owings Mills, Maryland, June 2011; 2) National Green Infrastructure Conference, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, February 2011; 3) Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City, Missouri, February 2011; 4) Transportation Review Board – Looking Beyond the Transportation Footprint: A National Dialogue on New Partners and New Scales of Analysis, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, July 2009 A Family of Soft Computing Decision Models for Selecting Multi-Species Habitat Mitigation Projects (Logic Scoring of Preference methods with Dr. Jozo Dujmović): World Conference on Soft Computing, San Francisco, May 2011
Vice President For Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association
Phone: (212) 253-6010
Work: Robert Pirani is Regional Plan Association's Vice President for Environmental Programs and Executive Director of the Governors Island Alliance. His responsibilities include developing and directing programs in parks and open space advocacy, land use management, water quality protection, and recycling and waste prevention. Rob serves on numerous non profit boards and advisory committees, and is currently Chair of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
Education: Cornell University City and Regional Planning MRP, 1989 Hampshire College BA, 1982
Publications: Relevant publications include Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway: West Street Sustainable Stormwater Study (RPA and BGI, 2010); Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway: a Concept Plan for Community Board 1, Plan for Stewardship and Maintenance, Design Principles (all RPA and BGI 2008); Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway: A Plan for Community Boards 2 & 6 (RPA and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, 2005)
Other Publications: Other relevant publications include Landscapes: Improving Conservation Practice in the Northeast Megaregion (RPA, 2012); “Land-Use Planning and Policy in the Highlands” (in The Highlands: Critical Resources, Treasured Landscapes, Rutgers University Press 2011); Report of the Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel (RPA and NPCA, 2011); The Path Forward: Public Input on the Future of Gateway National Recreation Area (RPA and NPCA, 2009); A Systems Approach to Water Resources (RPA/America 2050, 2009); The Impact of Hudson River Park on Property Values (FOHRP, 2008; On the Verge: Caring for New York City’s Emerging Waterfront Parks & Public Spaces (RPA 2007); Governors Island: Guidelines for Parks and Public Spaces (RPA/Governors Island Alliance, 2006).
Past Assignments: Selected recent speaking engagements include Watershed Urbanism, UCLA, 2012; Land Trust Alliance Rally, Milwaukee, 2011; Landscape Conservation, Rutgers Department of Landscape Arch Environmental Planning Lecture, 2011; Walk 21, NYC, 2009.