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Feb green team presentation 4


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Feb green team presentation 4

  1. 1. Atlanta Federal Executive BoardLeadership Government Program PROPOSAL TO CREATE A FEDERAL GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE TO BENEFIT METRO ATLANTA Atlanta Federal Center August 15, 2012
  2. 2. Survey Distribution and Respondents• 10 Federal Agencies with an impact on Green Infrastructure (GI) in the Metro Atlanta Area• Respondents included: – EPA - Brownfields, CDC, GSA, USDA - Forrest Service, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, EPA- Stormwater, USDA – National Resources Conservation Service and HUD.• Percentages were calculated from the total number of respondents 2
  3. 3. Participant GI Definition Analysis• 9 Responses – 9 different definitions of Green Infrastructure• All respondents have a 22% 11% different view of what GI Products is and how to address it. Services 33% Environment• Adopting a broader view Combination of GI can help everyone 33% work together to address GI in a way that meets all stakeholders needs. 3
  4. 4. GI ContinuumLandscape Regional Site specific EPA EPA FS FWS FHWA CDC Brownfields HUD Stormwater GSA Forest Service (FS) Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) Centers For Disease Control (CDC) EPA – Brownfields (EPA-BF) Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) GSA EPA – Stormwater Preservation / Low Impact Site Conservation Development Note: Based on Initial Survey 4
  5. 5. Current Needs Identified in Survey • Continued Support and GI Education • Help identifying other agencies and organizations with funding and authority to apply GI • “Spread the word” • Leads on material, resources and ideas • Water and Wetland Mitigation techniques • Stable Funding • Planning models that inventory sensitive lands and buffer them to support synergistic public infrastructure • Storm water detention designed as community space 5
  6. 6. GI Essential Ecological Services -The Basic Infrastructure of All Life • Green Infrastructure is a critical and basic step to achieve Sustainable Development • Nature’s Ecological Services –Recharge Groundwater –Clean Air –Clean Water –Plants for Pollinators –Etc. 6
  7. 7. Is Our Current Land DevelopmentApproach Sustainable?As we develop, tracks of undisturbed nature become fragmented.Ecosystem services are undermined in highly urbanized settings. Undeveloped Land 95-100% nature Developed Atlanta 85-95% Impervious 7
  8. 8. Impacts of Current Land DevelopmentPractices Proctor Creek, Atlanta, GA Urban Streams do not meet Clean Water Act Goals of Fishable and Swimmable Incised, Unstable Banks - Commonplace with Urban Streams - Substantial Erosion
  9. 9. Impacts of Current Land DevelopmentPracticesImpacts of Metro Atlanta’s Growth and Increasing Impervious Surfaces Historic Flooding of 2009 – Stress for Residents – Damage to Metro Atlanta’s Economy 9
  10. 10. Impacts of Current Land DevelopmentPractices• Lake Lanier - Reduced Infiltration (Imperviousness!)• Less Groundwater Recharge• Drought Conditions Worse• Worries about Drinking Water Supply 10
  11. 11. Historical Trends (Population Density) 11
  12. 12. Historical Trends (Population Density) 12
  13. 13. Historical Trends (Population Density) 13
  14. 14. What is Green Infrastructure?  Green Infrastructure (GI) is strategically planned and managed networks of green space that protect ecosystem values and functions through an array of products, technologies, and practices.  GI conserves or mimics natural processes to ensure the provision of basic services provided by nature.  The continuum of GI includes practices at the individual project site, neighborhood and regional scale. 14
  15. 15. In Addition to Essential EcologicalServices: Social and Economic Benefits GI Benefits to Metro Atlanta –“significant with tremendous opportunities” Social Benefits Economic Benefits • Improved quality of life • Reduced costs for treating • Better public health drinking water • Increased recreation • Increased efficiencies in opportunities agencies working together • Reduced flooding • Reduced Utility Bills • Increased Real Estate Values • Reduced Dependency on CarsTriple Bottom Line Benefits: Environmental, Social and Economic 15
  16. 16. Green Infrastructure isNot More Expensive
  17. 17. What is the Federal Green InfrastructureCommunity of Practice? • Self-selected federal staffs, informally come together, to share expertise and passion for learning about and contributing to efforts to incorporate GI at all scales to benefit the City of Atlanta. • The intrinsic value is in meeting to share information, discuss and solve problems, develop new ideas, leverage resources, and build relationships with peers who share common goals and objectives. • The community of practice continues as long as interest is expressed. 17
  18. 18. Why Develop a Green InfrastructureCommunity of Practice? Broaden discussion to educate practitioners about all scales of Green Infrastructure – All scales produce a similar outcome - "a place for nature - natural system processes to provide ecological services” Breakdown the stovepipe mentality – Find and seek opportunities to tie different efforts together Change in approach needs to be widespread. – Atlantas efforts will encourage others to adopt 18
  19. 19. Bridge the Barriers ofTraditional Disciplinary Boundaries Comprehensive, integrated and strategic approach to land use decision making AIR WATER SOIL LIFE Architects - Civil Engineers - Landscape Architects- Ecologists - Planners Architects Civil Engineers Landscape Architects Ecologists Planners … 19
  20. 20. Benefits of a Community of Practice • Fosters peer to peer information exchange and learning among members • Promotes a consistent approach and terminology • Encourages Federal coordination, collaboration and cooperation on plans, strategies and policies • Reduces duplication and increases partnerships • Encourages new ideas and innovation • Understanding funding sources 20
  21. 21. Atlanta is AdoptingGreen Infrastructure Practices Atlanta City Hall Green Roof Atlanta Fire Station #16 Rain Garden Fernbanks Rain Garden Serenbe Low Impact Community 21
  22. 22. Next Steps • Meet others working on this topic and create a network of practitioners • Identify Topics for Discussion including developing a common terminology • Educate federal agencies and their staffs about what GI is, how it works • Share information • Develop a steering committee with rotating leadership so ownership is shared • Focus the COP on the City of Atlanta - gain experience working together here will translate into working together in other locations 22
  23. 23. Next Steps – Website and EnvironmentalDirectory 23
  24. 24. Next Steps • How to get involved – ideally it would be great for one person from each agency to be on the team; the hosting of the meeting would ideally rotate between agencies involved – Formulate how meetings would work…enjoyable, meaningful, productive – Create an agenda—what other agencies are doing – Establish logistic for CoP and methods for communication – Quarterly Meetings 24