Online - Webcast
August 9, 2017
1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series is for public officials and practitioners beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as for those looking to enhance established programs. Initiated in 2014, the Series has featured leading academics and professionals from around the country sharing their expertise on a range of topics related to green infrastructure.
In this webcast, speakers from the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Research and Development will discuss innovative research into the multiple benefits of green infrastructure.
While green infrastructure can help communities manage stormwater, using vegetated systems like green roofs and tree boxes can also help improve air quality and reduce urban heat island effects. These practices shade building surfaces, deflect radiation from the sun, and release moisture into the atmosphere. Additionally, natural features such as urban forests and vegetative barriers planted near roads, in parking lots and around city centers, assist in reducing particulate pollution and ground-level ozone, improving air quality and reducing cases of respiratory illness and other health impacts related to air pollution.
Session 1: Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality
Presenter: Richard Baldauf, Senior Engineer, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
Richard will present EPA’s Office of Research and Development report published in August 2016, Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality, about how roadside vegetation affects local air quality. The report was developed to support projects planting roadside vegetation with recommendations that can be used by states, communities and individuals interested in reducing roadside pollution.
Session 2: Estimating the Environmental Effects of Green Roofs: A Case Study in Kansas City
Presenter: Robyn DeYoung, Environmental Specialist, U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation
Robyn will present a case study demonstrating the environmental benefits of green roofs in Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). She will describe how any local jurisdiction can use free and easily accessible tools to quantify the benefits of green roofs for stormwater management, air pollution, energy savings and public health. The presentation will highlight a replicable methodology using EPA's AVERT tool and the Green Roof Energy Calculator as well as results from Kansas City's case study.
Attending the webcast is free but registration is required.
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