3rd Annual Green Infrastructure
Conference and Expo
Preparing for the Next Storm
June 11, 2014
Yes We Can Community Center, Westbury NY
3rd Annual Long Island Green Infrastructure
Conference & Expo
“Preparing For the Next Storm”
CALL FOR PAPERS / ABSTRACTS
Topics and speakers are being sought for the
3rd Annual Long Island Green Infrastructure Conference and Expo
to be held on June 11, 2014 at the Town of North Hempstead’s
LEED Platinum “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury, New York
Abstracts are requested by October 18, 2013 for presentations of 15 to 60 minutes in duration pertaining to topics listed below or related topics. Where applicable, sessions will be certified for P.E. credits and/or Landscape Architecture credits. To facilitate this, if your topic is selected, a copy of your presentation (PowerPoint, etc.) must then be submitted by January 31, 2014.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Elected and appointed municipal officials; engineers and planners; landscape architects; developers and builders; non-profits and community groups
SUGGESTED TOPICS: Green infrastructure for coastal resource protection; green energy and energy management; runoff control and flood control, retrofitting, coastal resiliency, hazard mitigation planning; adaptation to sea level rise; climate change adaptation; hazard resistant plantings; wetland protection and restoration; revising local codes and ordinances, environmental justice issues; septic system water quality impact mitigation; community planning; where and how to re-build; practical low cost applications; green infrastructure practices; lessons learned/in need of learning upon the tenth anniversary (2013) of the MS4 regulations.
PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION: Send a one or two page abstract describing your topic and presentation along with your credentials and affiliation by no later than October 18, 2013 to: Sharon.Frost@suffolkcountyny.gov. For more information, contact Sharon Frost at (631) 727-2315 ext. 3. Website: www.ligiconference.org. Mailing address: 423 Griffing Ave. – Suite 110, Riverhead, NY 11901.
About the LEED-Platinum Location:
The state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot facility features two NBA-sized basketball courts, fitness center, dance and TV studios, senior and teen lounge, internet café, community meeting rooms and much more. The new community center is among the most energy efficient buildings in New York State. The platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified structure, features roof-top solar panels, grade-level solar trees, electric vehicle recharging stations and geothermal heating and cooling. The North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center was partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well Neptune Regional Transmission System
Registration Information: Ann Marie Calabro firstname.lastname@example.org ,
(631) 727-2315 x3.
Exhibitor Booths and Sponsorships: Eric Swenson email@example.com ,
Organizing Committee: Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, Long Island Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, New York Sea Grant, Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee and Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
What is Green Infrastructure and Green Energy?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. E.P.A.) has developed a definition of green infrastructure that is simple and explains what and why we need to use it. Green Infrastructure is a way of utilizing nature to control and handle stormwater runoff.
Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls in undeveloped areas, the water is absorbed and filtered by soil and plants. However, when rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots the water cannot soak into the ground. In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems such as roads, gutters, catch basins, pipes, and outfalls, and discharged into nearby waterbodies. The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the quality of the receiving waters. Higher flows can also cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.
Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments. At the scale of a city or county, green infrastructure refers to the patchwork of natural areas that provides habitat, flood protection, cleaner air, and cleaner water. At the scale of a neighborhood or site, green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water, such as a rain garden.
Green energy includes natural energetic processes that can be harnessed with little pollution. Green Energy has commonly been called renewable energy. These are energy sources that do not pollute the natural ecosystem or exhaust resources that future generations will need. Green energy practices include using or supplementing power from an alternative source. These sources include wind, solar, tidal, and biomass just to name a few. Sustainable energy has quickly become common practice for conversation when planning and designing projects. The future of engineering designs are going from Grey to Green.