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It's a fact of nature. Preserving natural features can benefit both the developer and the development. Nature-friendly development practices can add value to your property, protect natural resources and help your bottom line grow. Metro's Green from the Ground Up seminars can show you how.
Metro's Green from the Ground Up seminars on nature-friendly development practices bring together builders, developers, designers, stormwater engineers, practitioners and jurisdictional staff from around the region. This seminar series features:
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Swales, rain gardens and the new Low Impact Development Approaches handbook
The Homebuilders Association Green Building Council, Clean Water Services (CWS) and Metro have brought together Carrie Pak, engineering division manger from CWS, Paul Dedym, PE, KPFF Engineering, Mike Faha, Landscape Architect, Green Works and Alan Hipolito, Executive Director and business manager, Verde, to introduce Clean Water Services' new Low Impact Development Approaches (LIDA) Handbook for the Tualatin Basin and share experience-based insights and lessons learned about swale and rain garden design, installation - from sizing to plant selection - and operations, maintenance, project examples and case studies. Presentations available below.
Swales and rain gardens
Metro brought together an engineer, landscape architect and contractor to present a comprehensive spectrum of information on swales and rain gardens. Presenters Paul Dedyo, PE, KPFF Engineering, Kevin Robert Perry, landscape architect, Nevue Ngan Landscape Architecture, and Alan Hipolito, Executive Director and business manager, Verde, shared experience-based insights and lessons learned about swale and rain garden design, installation - from sizing to plant selection - and operations, maintenance, costs, project examples and case studies.
Video: Swales and rain gardens seminar
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Low impact development with Larry Coffman
Larry Coffman, nationally recognized expert on low impact development technology for water resources and ecosystem restoration, answered tough questions from builders, developers, engineers and jurisdictional staff during two fall seminars.
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These technical seminars focused on how pervious surfaces work, site considerations and preparation and types of available products. Optional site tours were offered. Topics included site considerations and preparation, pervious concrete, pervious asphalt, permeable interlocking concrete pavement, and vegetated plastic grids. Presentations, maps and materials available below.
Green from the Ground Up seminars are offered throughout the year.
To download seminar presentations and case studies made by regional experts, learn more about nature-friendly development projects in your area or print a set of fact sheets, check out the seminar materials listed below.
Green from the Ground Up seminars are brought to you by Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods program in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, Earth Advantage, Energy Trust, Energy Star, City of Beaverton, City of Gresham, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Clackamas River Basin Council, Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and OSU Sea Grant Extension. These seminars are partly funded by a Section 319 grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
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