TH30 - Room to Grow Greener: Assessing Site Development in Boston

Thursday, November 29 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

Green roofs, permeable pavement, rain gardens: green infrastructure technologies have been around for decades now and are frequently integrated into new development projects in Boston. However, while researchers and designers in other cities are intensely innovating and employing sustainable site development principles, local standards of practice in greater Boston generally lag behind in comparison.
Our panel's collective experience spans the continent and crosses scales, yet our presentation will focus on parcel-scale development projects in and around Boston. We will identify what is prohibiting best management practices from being implemented as common practice in local urban infill projects, and look at breaking down the financial, legal/regulatory, technical/physical and cultural barriers to implementing sustainable, low-impact approaches to site development.

We will dig in and share both our heartaches and successes, along with our predictions and hopes for the future of A/E/C industry projects. In addition to providing our personal design/engineering/construction insight, we will weave in input and anecdotes collected from others, from both the public and private sector, who have been directly involved in the implementation and maintenance of green infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:

Define 'ecosystem services' and list three of the many benefits of green infrastructure

Provide specific examples of green infrastructure in urban infill projects around Boston

List financial, regulatory, and/or environmental barriers to green infrastructure implementation

Identify key opportunities for improving current standard practices


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU | HSW

Education Tracks: Energy - Climate - Systems

Event Type: Workshops > Session