Greening Winter: Green Infrastructure to Manage Snow, Ice and Melt
This event is now over. You can access a recording of the webinar here.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is most commonly deployed to slow, infiltrate and clean runoff from rain events. But how does GSI fare in the winter? How effective is it (and can it be) compared to grey infrastructure? How does snow, ice and melt affect the performance of GSI? Are there any special maintenance requirements for GSI in cold regions?
In this webinar, we'll welcome special guest speakers Tom Ballestero, of the University of New Hampshire's Stormwater Center, and Elizabeth Hitman and a colleague from Public Works at the City of Milwaukee. The speakers will share insights from research and practice of GSI in cold weather environments.
Dr. Tom Ballestero is a hydrologist and water resources engineer with over 40 years of experience. Tom is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, as well as the Director of the UNH Stormwater Center. His experience with surface water runoff extends back to 1976. His current research projects include the Stormwater Center, stream restoration (in close collaboration with the US Fish & Wildlife Service), living shorelines, and bedrock hydrogeology. Dr. Ballestero teaches advanced courses on: stormwater systems, stream restoration, sediment transport, open channel flow, engineering hydrology, and hydrologic monitoring.
Elizabeth Hittman is the City of Milwaukee's Sustainability Program Coordinator. In her role, she directs the city's solar program, Milwaukee Shines, and works on green infrastructure and sustainable water projects with the goal of establishing Milwaukee as America’s Water-Centric City. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from UW-Stevens Point and a Master's degree from UW-Milwaukee in Urban Geography. Prior to joining ECO, Elizabeth served as the Executive Director for the Wisconsin chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. She was recently named to Midwest Energy News' 40 under 40 list.
Sara Gantt is an Engineer with the City of Milwaukee's Public Works department. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Sara graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. She has been working in Wisconsin for 8 years now and 4 years with the City of Milwaukee. At the City of Milwaukee, Sara works on various Green Infrastructure projects and designs. She has been managing the maintenance of all the bioswales in Milwaukee and is part of the Downspout Disconnection Program coordination team.