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2012 Arid LID Workshop

Arid LID 2012: Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid Environments
When Mar 27, 2012 12:00 AM to
Mar 29, 2012 12:00 AM
Where Tucson, Arizona
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For the past two years, the AridLID Workshops held in Albuquerque, NM have built a growing discussion and exposition of green infrastructure practices that are appropriate to the unique climates of the Southwestern U.S. In 2012, we are holding the conference in Tucson, AZ (with a live viewing in Albuquerque), with the twin goals of sharing best practices and building professional networks across a wider swath of the region, and of developing a clearer Southwestern vision and voice in the growing national discussion on green infrastructure.
The theme of AridLID 2012 is Integrated Approaches to Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development. Green infrastructure projects function best and are most cost-effective when they provide multiple benefits­—like a streetside bioretention basin that captures and cleans stormwater while it passively irrigates vegetation that shades the street and sidewalk, beautifies a neighborhood, and calms traffic. Likewise, effective green infrastructure practice often requires that people of various disciplines and perspectives work together—think landscape architects, engineers, and stormwater managers working together with a watershed group, a neighborhood association, and a University laboratory to achieve shared goals! This conference will explore the potentials, best practices and pitfalls inherent in green infrastructure at various levels of integration in our region.
Sessions will be targeted to stormwater, planning, and design professionals; academics in water resources and urban sustainability; as well as activists and educators interested in implementing these features through grassroots, community-driven models.
A live remote viewing for portions of the conference, followed by local discussion and hands-on activities, is also planned for Albuquerque, NM.
Registration opens in September 2011.
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