Archive | August, 2017

U.S. EPA webcast: Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality

On Aug. 9, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Infrastructure program will host a webcast, titled “Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality.” In this webcast, speakers from EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Research and Development will discuss innovative research into […]

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U.S. EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator

On Aug. 23, 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will discuss the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) in a webinar. EPA developed the SWC to work toward local, state, and national stormwater management objectives. It also will support regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green […]

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U.S. EPA announces launch of Water Finance Clearinghouse

On July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release announcing the public launch of the Water Finance Clearinghouse. The tool, developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, will offer communities easy and efficient access to water infrastructure finance information. The Clearinghouse is an easily navigable web-based portal to help […]

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Football stadium protects San Francisco Bay with state-of-the-art stormwater system

In 2014, when the San Francisco 49ers football team relocated to a new home stadium at the height of many years of drought in California, water sustainability was a high priority for designers. Installing forward-looking features such as a 2500-m2 (27,000-ft2) green roof, an innovative biofiltration system, and a display that offers information about the […]

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U.S. EPA releases part three of MS4 permitting guidelines series

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third part of its ongoing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Compendium Series. The 47-page report presents examples of permit language used by MS4 managers from around the country to create site-specific regulatory criteria that either supplement or supersede the use of total maximum […]

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NGICP awards more than 100 certifications in inaugural year

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) on June 30 awarded certifications to 46 additional individuals. This latest class of certificants brings the total number of credentialed green infrastructure workers recognized by the program to 108. NGICP is the first U.S.-wide initiative to build and recognize a workforce skilled in sustainable construction. The Water Environment […]

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ULI: Green infrastructure on real estate developments saves money, benefits public

Implementing green infrastructure solutions over traditional gray infrastructure in urban areas not only carries benefits for the environment, but also for real estate developers’ bottom-lines, according to a May 2 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI; Washington, D.C.). The report, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, contends that incorporating […]

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Melting snow thought to increase likelihood of seasonal earthquakes in California

Each summer, winter accumulations of snow in California’s various mountain ranges begin to melt. As they do, millions of liters of stormwater flow groundward, refilling aquifers and reservoirs while quenching farmland. When this much water falls from the mountains in an abbreviated period, it can spell disaster for those living below, as was almost the […]

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