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Sustainable Landscapes

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Integrating nature's resources for a sustainable site saves money and improves our environment. Rather than minimizing impact, the landscape is one of the few activities that improves the environment. Landscapes filter our air and water, sequesters carbon, creates oxygen and reduces our our heating and cooling needs.

Recognizing sustainability as merely reducing energy waste, recycling, or conserving water is a common misconception. In truth, the greatest impact on the environment you can make is right in your own backyard. In this session, discover how to grow and prosper in the rapidly developing field of sustainable site development.

“Through the increase use of landscapes we can actually improve our environment," said Barrett. “and through increased awareness of landscapes as a functional part of our community, we can improve our water systems, cleanse our air, and create a better environment for plants, animals and people.” In his presentation, Barrett will explain just how essential some of these tools are to efficiently utilizing and managing resources.

Learning Objectives

• Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States

• Sustainability starts with the landscape. Developing a functional landscape is the most effective and efficient means of remediating the environment.

• Combining "green infrastructure" with existing, conventional "gray infrastructure," as well as combining new technology with old technology creating a sustainable future.

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Sustainable Landscapes

  1. 1. Sustainable Landscapes New Tools for Sustainable Site Development by Tom Barrett Green Water Infrastructure, Inc. Copyright © 2010 by Tom Barrett www.ThinkGWI.com [email_address] GWI.com Twitter- @TomB arrett_GWI
  2. 2. IT’S the ECO NOMY
  3. 3. Bank Closures Reach a Record High
  4. 4. <ul><li>Excess ive </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. ... of the 5.1 Lost Jobs <ul><li>Almost 80% Lost by Men </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sustainable Landscapes New Tools for Sustainable Site Development by Tom Barrett Green Water Infrastructure, Inc. Copyright © 2010 by Tom Barrett
  7. 7. <ul><li>If you’re not confused . . . </li></ul><ul><li>… you’re not paying attention. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Tom Peters </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The GREEN Economy
  9. 9. Low Impact Site Development
  10. 10. Planting Trees
  11. 11. Pesticide Issues <ul><li>Atrazine, Nitrogen, Phosphorous </li></ul>
  12. 12. How Much Rain Falls in Indianapolis? <ul><li>January  -  2.30&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>February  -  2.50&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>March -   3.80&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>April -    3.70&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>May -    4.00&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>June -   3.50&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>July -    4.50&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>August -    3.60&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>September -    2.90&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>October -    2.60&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>November -   3.20&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>December -   3.30&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Total 39.90&quot; </li></ul>Image of Rain Falling
  13. 13. How Much Water Falls in Indianapolis? <ul><li>January  -    3,584 gallons </li></ul><ul><li>February  -    3,896 </li></ul><ul><li>March -    5,922 </li></ul><ul><li>April -     5,766 </li></ul><ul><li>May -    6,234 </li></ul><ul><li>June -     5,455 </li></ul><ul><li>July -    7,013 </li></ul><ul><li>August -    5,610 </li></ul><ul><li>September -    4,519 </li></ul><ul><li>October -     4,052 </li></ul><ul><li>November -     4,987 </li></ul><ul><li>December -     5,143 </li></ul><ul><li>Total     62,182 </li></ul>Image of Rain Falling 2,500 sq. ft. Roof
  14. 14. How Much Water Falls in Indianapolis? <ul><li>January  -    15,614 gallons </li></ul><ul><li>February  -    16,971 </li></ul><ul><li>March -    25,797 </li></ul><ul><li>April -     25,118 </li></ul><ul><li>May -    27,154 </li></ul><ul><li>June -     23,760 </li></ul><ul><li>July -    30,549 </li></ul><ul><li>August -    24,439 </li></ul><ul><li>September -    19,687 </li></ul><ul><li>October -     17,650 </li></ul><ul><li>November -     21,723 </li></ul><ul><li>December -     22,402 </li></ul><ul><li>Total     270,864 </li></ul>Image of Rain Falling ¼ Acre Residential Property
  15. 15. How Much Water Falls in Indianapolis? <ul><li>January  -    187,364 gallons </li></ul><ul><li>February  -    203,657 </li></ul><ul><li>March -    309,558 </li></ul><ul><li>April -    301,412 </li></ul><ul><li>May -    325,851 </li></ul><ul><li>June -     285,120 </li></ul><ul><li>July -    366,582 </li></ul><ul><li>August -    293,266 </li></ul><ul><li>September -    236,242 </li></ul><ul><li>October -     211,803 </li></ul><ul><li>November -     260,681 </li></ul><ul><li>December -    268,827 </li></ul><ul><li>Total   3,250,363 </li></ul>Image of Rain Falling 3 Acre Commercial Property
  16. 16. How Much Water Falls in Indianapolis? <ul><li>January  -    312,271 gallons </li></ul><ul><li>February  -    339,425 </li></ul><ul><li>March -    515,926 </li></ul><ul><li>April -    502,349 </li></ul><ul><li>May -    543,080 </li></ul><ul><li>June -     475,195 </li></ul><ul><li>July -    610,965 </li></ul><ul><li>August -  488,772 </li></ul><ul><li>September -    393,733 </li></ul><ul><li>October -     353,002 </li></ul><ul><li>November -     434,464 </li></ul><ul><li>December -     448,041 </li></ul><ul><li>Total   5,417,223 </li></ul>City Block (470’ x 470’ – 5 acres)
  17. 18. Untapped Reservoir Untapped Reservoir Untapped Reservoir Untapped Reservoir Untapped Reservoir
  18. 19. Stormwater Mitigation <ul><ul><li>Collection runoff near the source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slow it down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soak it in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filter it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply it to the landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create habitats </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Rain Gardens Plant Choices Choose plants based on the need for light and soil type. Location Rain gardens are often located at the end of a roof or drain spout. Depth A typical Rain Garden is between four to eight inches deep. Size A Rain Garden usually five to ten percent of the impervious surface area. Soil A tpical mix is 65% sand, 15% top soil, 25% organic matter.
  20. 21. Rain Garden
  21. 22. Rain Garden
  22. 23. Bioswales <ul><li>Burnsville, Minnesota </li></ul>
  23. 24. Porous Paving
  24. 25. Porous Paving <ul><li>Purdue University </li></ul>
  25. 26. Porous Paving
  26. 27. Green Roofs <ul><li>Phipps Conservatory - Pittsbrgh </li></ul>
  27. 28. Green Roofs
  28. 29. Green Roofs <ul><li>University of Cincinnati </li></ul>
  29. 30. Green Roofs <ul><li>Aqualand, St. Charles, Illinois </li></ul>
  30. 31. Green Roofs
  31. 32. HOLD the Specification . . .
  32. 33. Certified Landscape Technicians CLT - E
  33. 34. Alternates to Turf <ul><li>Clover </li></ul><ul><li>Xeriscape </li></ul><ul><li>Native Plants </li></ul>
  34. 35. Native Vegetation
  35. 36. Wetlands Restoration
  36. 37. Rainwater Harvesting
  37. 38. Rainwater Harvesting
  38. 39. Rainwater Harvesting
  39. 40. Condensate Recovery <ul><li>- 1/2 gallon per hour per ton of air conditioner </li></ul><ul><li>- 10,000 gallons per month for a commercial building </li></ul>
  40. 41. Wastewater
  41. 42. <ul><li>It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Charles Darwin </li></ul></ul>
  42. 43. Just Do It
  43. 44. Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure

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