Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Join Rockfall on 3/22 for our Annual Symposium

Coming up next week on March 22nd, The Rockfall Foundation and the UConn Climate Adaptation Academy host a symposium on:

Site Development Considerations for Changing Weather Patterns

Case Studies: What Works, What to Watch Out For, and How to Encourage Success

Join us for a discussion on progress in eco-friendly commercial development and an exploration of completed projects including a LID residential development, a pervious pavement parking lot, and a municipal stormwater upgrade. We'll discuss both the long- and short-term challenges and successes of development and investigate several case studies. 

The Jordan Cove Subdivision in Waterford is now 15 years old with multiple homeowners and expiring deed restrictions; we’ll examine how this worked and apply that information going forward.
We’ll also learn about what’s been done on the UConn campus in Storrs (pervious parking lot and more) including lessons learned and whether maintenance is an issue or not; and we’ll have a return visit from Giovanni Zinn in New Haven to get a progress report on the green infrastructure he discussed at the 2016 Symposium, including how it has fared in both drought and flood conditions. Finally, we’ll hear about successful sites nationwide and how our regulations and mindsets may need to be adjusted in order to foster site development that works with our changing weather patterns.

Who should attend: Local elected and appointed officials; planners and zoning enforcement officials; architects; developers; engineers; landscape architects; educators; students; Planning, Zoning, Wetlands and ZBA board and commission members; and all concerned with our changing weather patterns and how best to design for them.

Symposium Program: 

8:00 – 8:30          Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40          Welcome – Tony Marino, Executive Director, The Rockfall Foundation
8:40 – 9:10          Introduction – David Dickson, Co-Director CT NEMO
9:10 – 9:50          Residential Subdivision: Jordan Cove, Waterford’s LID Subdivision, 15 years later – Michael Dietz, Co-Director CT NEMO
9:50 – 10:35       Municipal Stormwater Management: New Haven’s Green Infrastructure/LID and How It’s Working – Giovanni Zinn, City Engineer, City of New Haven
10:35 – 10:45     Break
10:45 – 11:30     The UConn Experience:  Maintenance, Issues, and Benefits –  Michael Dietz, Co-Director CT NEMO
11:30 – 12:15     Commercial:  National Case Studies and a Toolbox that Encourages Developers to “Do the Right Thing” – David Sousa, Planner & Landscape Architect, CDM Smith
12:15 – 12:45     Panel Question & Answer Session with David Dickson, Michael Dietz, David Sousa, and Giovanni Zinn

1:00                      Lunch (Optional)

March 22nd, starting 8:30am.
UConn Middlesex County Extension Office
1066 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438

Register online here

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