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Urban Water Series Technical Master Classes Please join us on Tuesday, November 7 for the Technical Master Class: Built Right: Constructing Green Infrastructure for Maximum Performance Tuesday, November 7, 8:30am – 2:30pm The Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Avenue REGISTER HERE David Batts and Anthony Kendrick from Houston-based Construction EcoServices will explore the basic principles of design and...
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Urban Water Series Technical Master Classes

Please join us on Tuesday, November 7 for the Technical Master Class:

Built Right: Constructing Green Infrastructure for Maximum Performance

Tuesday, November 7, 8:30am – 2:30pm
The Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Avenue
REGISTER HERE

David Batts and Anthony Kendrick from Houston-based Construction EcoServices will explore the basic principles of design and construction for green infrastructure features. John Tipton of Rotolo Consultants Inc. and Byron Pogue of Twin Shores Construction will be speaking about how to overcome the challenges of managing and building Green Infrastructure in the Greater New Orleans Area. They’ll give examples of lessons learned and the collaborative relationship between the general contractor and the subcontractor while working on green infrastructure features.

This workshop is well suited for construction general contractors and sub-contractors who are considering adding green infrastructure work to their portfolio of services or are new in the field.

Continuing education credits can be earned for CMAA, ASCE, and ASLA

Thank you to the Surdna Foundation for its support of the Urban Water Series!

Thank you as well to our Technical Master Class partners: American Institute of Architects, Downtown Development District, Gaea Consultants, GNO Inc., Jefferson Parish, LA Urban Stormwater Coalition, Regional Planning Commission, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish Public Works, St. Tammany Parish, Tulane Institute on Water Resources, Law & Policy, Urban Land Institute, Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, and Louisiana Water Economy Network.

Have questions about the Urban Water Series? Please email Johanna Paine.

Urban Water Series History

Phase 1: In the summer of 2013, the Foundation invited national experts on green infrastructure and stormwater management from five vanguard U.S. cities to share their learnings and strategies about green infrastructure and stormwater management through a series of five workshops. Watch the videos of these workshops.

Phase 2: In the fall of 2014, 25 city government and nonprofit leaders interested in water management issues visited Austin, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee to experience firsthand how these cities scaled their green infrastructure and stormwater management strategies.

Phase 3: In the winter of 2016, the Greater New Orleans Foundation began a series of  lectures and workshops to deepen the technical knowledge of private and public sector professionals to improve their ability to design, develop, install, and maintain green infrastructure for a vibrant region.

Grants supporting urban water management

$25,000 to KIPP New Orleans for reconstructing the KIPP Central City Primary (KCCP) schoolyard to add green infrastructure and stormwater management features.

$58,800 to support the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative hiring a full-time coordinator.

$10,000 to FirstLine Schools for the addition of a water management curriculum to the school’s Edible Schoolyard New Orleans program.

$39,000 to the Louisiana Office of the Trust for Public Lands for the development of a web-based decision support tool that will allow the prioritization of green infrastructure locations in New Orleans based on environmental, social, and economic parameters.

$25,000 to Urban Strategies to support the design of green infrastructure and of educational programs for the Lafon Park Stormwater Management and Public Education Demonstration Project.

Partners

Surdna Foundation

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

City of New Orleans

New Orleans faces two unique challenges related to urban water. First, it is the third rainiest city in the United States, with 56 days of rain contributing to 64 inches of rainfall on average every year. Second, soil subsidence poses a significant challenge to the city and causes issues like uneven streets and potholes. New Orleans includes many neighborhoods with compressed soils that are subsiding at a rate of up to one-third of an inch annually, with certain areas subsiding at a rate of over an inch per year.

While New Orleans is increasingly protected from storm-surge flooding thanks to heightened levee protection, neighborhoods are becoming increasingly susceptible to rain runoff flooding, particularly as soil subsidence and storm severity increases. In this environment, the design and regulation of interior conveyors of stormwater including streets, public spaces, and private properties is just as important as perimeter defenses such as levees, flood gates, and wetlands. This is commonly referred to as green infrastructure and stormwater management.