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The sustainable design of King County's Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station includes a green roof, rain gardens, and cisterns to filter and collect stormwater. (Photo courtesy of King County)

WIFIA-financed King County, Wash., stormwater treatment project to protect water quality in the Duwamish River

Construction is underway in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Wash., on a combined sewer overflow (CSO) wet weather treatment station that will treat up to 265 million L/d (70 mgd) of polluted stormwater runoff that currently can flow into the Duwamish River during severe rain events. The $262 million Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station — […]

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New ‘blue-green’ roof design demonstrates promising results

A demonstration project in Amsterdam testing a new ‘blue-green’ roof system has revealed data that suggests greater thermal cooling potential. Built on top of a former naval hospital, the new roof concept — which combines rainwater storage with living plants — was developed by Dutch engineer Joris Voeten of Urban Roofscapes (Amsterdam, Netherlands) as part […]

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Fueling terminal continues environmental award winning streak

In April, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal in Chesapeake, Va., earned its fourth Sustained Distinguished Performance Award from the Elizabeth River Project, a nonprofit that leads community environmental restoration efforts along the river. Since partnering with the Elizabeth River Project in 2004, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal has completed numerous environmental projects to achieve Model Level status, […]

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New green infrastructure investment model receives $1.7 million in funding

Prudential Financial is investing $1.7 million in a pilot collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.) and asset management firm Encourage Capital (New York) to prevent millions of gallons of stormwater runoff originating in Washington D.C. from the entering the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The venture, called District Stormwater LLC, is based on a new […]

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EPA Reports Aid Communities in Implementing Green Infrastructure and Reducing Aquatic Trash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two new reports in October 2015. The first is a synopsis of EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) findings, lessons learned, and guidance related to green infrastructure. The report, titled Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control: Gauging Its Effectiveness with Community Partners, is the most comprehensive summary of […]

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New Report Examines Practical and Research-Based Lessons on Green Infrastructure

Despite increasing implementation of green infrastructure for stormwater management, information on its design, implementation, operation, and performance is limited. In July, the Science Policy Exchange, in cooperation with Syracuse University, released the report Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Science and Practice. The report is intended to help readers understand the strengths and limitations of green infrastructure. […]

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France Mandates Rooftops Have Solar Panels or Green Roofs

On March 19, the French Parliament approved a law mandating that half of rooftops on new buildings in commercial zones be covered with either a green roof or solar panels. This new legislation is a compromise between France’s Socialist government and environmental interests, as it is limited in scope to commercial buildings and half, rather […]

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Victoria Business Improvement District Plans 25 Hectares of Green Roofs

On Feb. 11, Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) in central London released the Victoria Vibrancy Report 2014. The report reveals a landmark 4-billion-pound (US$6.7 billion) investment in making the district a better place to live, work and visit. Part of this investment will go toward improving the district’s sustainability with a 10-year strategy to create […]

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Check It Out: Green Roofs in Motion

Static green roofs and walls are becoming fairly common, but what about moving gardens? A company called Phyto Kenetic, created by Spanish landscape artist Marc Grañén, is now creating green roofs for buses. The green roofs keep bus temperatures cooler and can utilize air-conditioning condensate for irrigation. The plants grow in lightweight hydroponic foam, rather […]

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NYC Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory Is Now Ready

New York City P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village now has the largest green roof on a school in the Big Apple. The 836-m2 (9000-ft2) Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL) features an outdoor classroom. Students will receive hands-on lessons related to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and urban gardening. The school, located in a dense urban environment, […]

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