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Guest Lecturers: Ken Ashley, PhD, Director of the Rivers Institute, BCIT; Patrick Lilley, MSc, RPBio., Stormwater, Kerr Wood Leidal; Bryce Gauthier, Landscape Architect, BCSLA, CSLA, LEED AP, Enns|Gauthier Landscape Architects; Dave Matsubara, P. Eng., City of North Vancouver; Deborah Hartford, Executive Director of Adaptation to Climate Change Team, SFU.
Green infrastructure is a set of technologies and techniques. Their collective purpose is to achieve current infrastructure functions in a way which emulates natural systems. Green infrastructure is used to treat stormwater, sequester carbon, improve air quality, reduce pollution, and add aesthetic value to public and private spaces. Although these techniques and technologies are proven to reduce costs associated with standard ‘grey’ infrastructure and offer an array of ecosystem services, they have been slow to gain traction and become standard best practices within urban environments. Why do we see these stalls and what can we do to fast-track the development and implementation of these practices?
Vancouver’s North Shore offers a living laboratory of green infrastructure projects with lessons from ecological restoration, eco-system planning, landscape architecture, local government infrastructure engineering and climate change adaptation. How might the integration of these multiple perspectives help better the future of our communities?
The roundtable format will first call upon an array of experts to speak to each of these themes and the following questions:
Participants will be invited to discuss:
• What are the challenges and opportunities for green infrastructure in your sector and/or jurisdiction?
• What needs to happen to bring bio-diversity and eco-system based planning practices to the professions including urban developers, planners, engineers and architects, among others?