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How Reliable Is the Green in Green Infrastructure?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

5 p.m. | Online

Speaker: Peter M. Groffman, Ph.D., City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College of Earth and Environmental Sciences

There is great current interest and creativity in the creation of green infrastructure to address a range of challenging and expensive environmental problems, from coastal resilience to control of combined sewer overflows. The appeal of green infrastructure is that it is often less expensive than traditional constructed “grey” infrastructure and it provides multiple benefits such as biodiversity, aesthetics, and carbon sequestration. However, while highly engineered grey infrastructure has detailed design specifications and reliability specifications, these are largely undeveloped for green infrastructure. In this talk, Dr. Groffman will review some of the potential applications of green infrastructure in modern environmental science and discuss how concerns about reliability need to be addressed to realize the potential of this new approach.

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