The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure
March 24, 2015 - Schedule
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00-11:00 a.m. Panelist Discussion
Inexpensive Green Infrastructure Practices that Really Make a Difference
Dr. Chris Obropta, Extension Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Dr. Obropta will discuss how to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff by harvesting rainwater
through six simple green infrastructure techniques. Dr. Obropta will also explore benefits and water
holding capacity of cited strategies.
What, Why, How, and Where: Benefits and Requirements
Kyra Hoffmann, Bureau Supervising Environmental Specialist, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
NJDEP is addressing the need for improved stormwater management techniques thanks to frequent
flooding and outdated sewer infrastructure. Kyra will discuss how green infrastructure fits into MS4 and
CSO permits and why it’s important for redevelopers and property owners to consider GI strategies.
The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value
Sarah Dougherty, Welch Environmental Innovation Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council
Green infrastructure can translate into higher rental rates, property values, and lower energy costs. Sarah
will site economic benefit studies highlighting cost savings from GI for retail center, apartment buildings,
and medium size office buildings.
Bijou Developments and Economic Case Studies
Matthew Testa, Construction Director, Bijou Developers
Bijou Developers, based in Hoboken, is a leader in designing, developing and managing the highest quality
sustainable buildings. Matt will explore Bijou’s specialization in stormwater holding strategies and how
tenants can save some major green.
Optimizing Feasibility of On-Structure Landscapes
Melissa Muroff, Esq., Vice President, Roofmeadow
Roofmeadow is an award-winning green roof civil engineering and design firm specializing in elegant and
inventive designs. Melissa will explore the enormous benefit of combining blue roofs with green roofs and
what GI implementation could mean for your bottom line.
Thank you to our sponsor,
The Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Association – Watershed Institute
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Green Infrastructure Resources
Case Studies Analyzing the Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Green
Infrastructure Programs
Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure, Chesapeake Bay Region
Green Values Stormwater Management Calculator
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value
NJ Department of Environmental Protection Resource
NJ Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual
Portland’s Green Infrastructure: Quantifying the Health, Energy, and Community Livability Benefits
Rutgers University’s Guide to Green Infrastructure Practices
Stormwater Retention for a Modular Green Roof Using Energy Balance Data
Columbia University
The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental, and Social
Benefits, Center for Neighborhood Technology