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U.S. EPA Resilient Design & Planning Tools & Project Examples
Bernagros, J. U.S. EPA Resilient Design & Planning Tools & Project Examples. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering with Nature (EWN®) Landscape Architecture Lunch & Learn Webinar, Washington,DC, June 16, 2020.
Share examples of U.S. EPA resilient design projects and tools related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering with Nature (EWN®) Landscape Architecture project goals and research interests. This presentation is meant to share best practices of applying green infrastructure designs within communities, to make them more resilient to impacts to extreme storm events, including flooding. This presentation shall encourage and support future collaborations between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EWN® Landscape Architecture project team and U.S. EPA staff working on similar resilient design and planning efforts utilizing green infrastructure design practices.
Recently, the U.S. EPA has engaged in various resilient design and planning projects with community partners across the country. These projects have addressed community interests in flood management, recovery from extreme storm events, urban heat island mitigation, economic revitalization, and public open space through community design and regional planning workshops. Many of the conceptual level designs were developed by landscape architecture-based design teams, specialized in green infrastructure (engineering with nature) and community design and planning. Many of these projects have been done through green infrastructure design assistance programs at EPA, including Greening America's Communities (https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/greening-americas-communities ). Projects that will be highlighted include work done in San Juan, PR. Mexico Beach, FL., and Huntington, WV. Lastly, EPA recently released its Regional Resilience Toolkit, for addressing regional resilience planning needs to address hazards from natural disasters and is working with a handful of pilot communities: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/regional-resilience-toolkit#2020 .