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Second Annual Green Infrastructure Seminar: New Opportunities and Trends

October 28, 2013

Co-sponsored by:
Environmental Law Institute, Ballard Spahr LLP, and Bioengineering Group

This seminar addressed the year's most significant opportunities and changes to the Green Infrastructure landscape.

The program explored the effects of Superstorm Sandy and the lessons learned from demonstrated climate change. It also included panels on how to comply with EPA mandates much more cost effectively, on both a local and regional basis, using the Philadelphia Water Department Green Infrastructure model. In addition, it examined the use of P3s to fund water and sewer infrastructure and solve municipal budget deficits.

Program:

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 PM Keynote Address: Green Infrastructure Opportunities and Trends
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Adaptation: Climate Change and Sea Rise Post-Sandy
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities: Compliance and Cost Savings
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM ALCOSAN: Clean Water Act Compliance in Southwest Pennsylvania
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Public-Private Partnerships as a Solution to Financial Challenges
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Reception in Philadelphia

Speakers:

James McElfish, Jr., Director, Sustainable Use of Land Program, Environmental Law Institute
Edward Bielarski, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Lehigh County Authority
Gerald Cross, M.P.A., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Economy League
Joanne Dahme, General Manager, Public Affairs, Philadelphia Water Department
Mayor Chris Doherty, City of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Wendi Goldsmith, CPG, CPSSc, CEO, Bioengineering Group
Julio Guridy, M.A., Council President, City of Allentown
Brian Jensen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, and Senior Vice President, Civic Policy, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Alice LeBlanc, Director, Environmental and Economic Consulting
Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Partner, Ballard Spahr
David Miller, Ph.D, Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Alethia Nancoo, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
H. David Prior, Partner, Ballard Spahr
Carlton Ray, Director of DC Clean Rivers Project, DC Water
William C. Rhodes, Partner, Ballard Spahr
James Stitt, M.S., Sustainability Coordinator, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority
John W. Ubinger, Jr., Policy Advisor to 3 Rivers Wet Weather and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council