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Green Infrastructure at the Neighborhood Scale - SustainabilityTALKS

Greg Giraldo PE, from SvR Design Company, explains the relationship between stormwater management design and creating a sense of environmental identity and stewardship at a variety of neighborhood scales. Greg will reveal how stormwater is integrated into community spaces, providing important ecological and interpretive value. From a single block in downtown Seattle to 700 acres of urban sprawl, Greg investigates the role stormwater plays in design, how it can be expressed and celebrated and what we might learn from valuing this vital resource.

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BIO: Greg Giraldo, specializing in civil engineering and sustainable systems, brings seventeen years of experience in weaving green infrastructure into the design of community spaces. Greg takes design inspiration from our own ecosystems, biomimicry, and human patterns to give infrastructure design a purpose and place within the landscape. For the past fourteen years, Greg has been working with landscape architects and civil engineers at SvR Design Company, directing design on a number of high profile low impact development projects.  His expertise includes green buildings, advanced natural drainage systems, rainwater harvesting and wetland treatment systems for wastewater. Greg is one of the founders of the University of Washington’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Professional Certificate program, an Instructor for the Washington Department of Ecology Low Impact Development Trainings and recently co-authored The Business Guide to Sustainability - Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations, 3rd Edition.

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• UW GSI Certificate Program:

• WA Ecology LID Trainings:

• Business Guide to Sustainability:

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