2014 Green Infrastructure Conference

2014 Green Infrastructure Conference Photo credit to Kristina Twigg, WEF

Green Infrastructure & Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Areas

January 14 & 15, 2014
University of South Florida,
Patel College of Global Sustainability,
Tampa, FL

Registration Closed.

Access conference presentations here.

Join experts from around the U.S. and the world for a comprehensive discussion around Green Infrastructure and Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Areas. Keynote presentations and conference papers will tackle a wide range of related topics from both technical and policy angles and the program will feature a two part Transition from Gray to Green workshop.

Conference program here.
Conference booklet here.

About the Conference

Urbanization, the change of forest and agricultural lands to concentrated development, is proceeding at an unprecedented pace. The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Impervious surface, such as roadways and rooftops are now estimated to cover approximately 10% of the earth’s land mass, is concentrated in these urban areas and dramatically influences stormwater flows, the delivery of pollutants to receiving water bodies, and ultimately the condition of world’s rivers, lakes and estuaries. Present trends in urbanization are expected to continue, amplifying the stormwater problem.

Green infrastructure, at site specific and regional scales, is being promoted as an effective and efficient means of regulating the stormwater flows and pollutant loading, while providing multiple environmental and health and well-being benefits that support sustainability. Despite these added benefits, municipal leaders face significant challenges when attempting to implement green infrastructure strategies in new and existing development.

Purpose of Conference:
To engage researchers, engineers, planners, government policy makers, and other stakeholders in developing options and solutions that result in wider implementation of green infrastructure practices to manage stormwater in our growing metropolitan regions.

Conference Themes:
1. Defining the range of benefits of green-infrastructure practices;
2. Identifying barriers to implementing these practices;
3. Evaluating options and opportunities for funding, financing and valuing green infrastructure; and
4. Developing practical actions that government, communities and others can take to promote greater implementation of green infrastructure to address urban stormwater.

Featured Speakers

Chris Crockett, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department

Paul Brown, Visiting Professor, USF Patel College of Global Sustainability

Seth Brown, Stormwater Program and Policy Director, WEF

Nilo Nascimento, Deputy Director, International Relations of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Jayantha Obeysekera, Director of the Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling Department, SWFMD

Marc Russel, Research Ecologist, U.S. EPA

Iwona Wagner, Assistant Professor, University of Lodz, Poland


Rooms have been blocked at the below hotels for 3 nights: January 13-15. Each hotel is located close to the university with a shuttle service to USF. Reservations must be made prior to December 10 in order to secure the below rates. Request reservations under USF Patel Green Infrastructure Conference.

Embassy Suites - $139 per night plus tax
Wingate Hotel - $105 per night plus tax
Clarion Hotel - $59 per night plus tax

Scienctific Committee

Chair - Wayne Zipperer, U.S. Forest Service
Ken Belt, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Kristina Hill, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Pierce Jones, Ph.D.University of Florida
Ed Macie, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region
Nilo Nascimento, Ph.D., Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mike Revitt, Middlesex University, UK
Marc Russell. Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection
Thomas L. Singleton, President, Thomas L. Singleton Consulting, Inc.
Qingfu Xiao, Ph.D., University of California Davis

Organizing Committee

Chair - Dean Kala Vairavamoorthy, Ph.D., Patel College of Global Sustainability, USF
Michael Andreu, Ph.D., University of Florida
Jochen Eckart, Ph.D., University of South Florida
Andrew Koeser, Ph.D., University of Florida
Shawn Landry, Ph.D., University of South Florida
Robert Northrop, University of Florida
Bessie Skoures, University of South Florida

Call for Abstracts

Download abstract template and submit your 300 word abstract here.

The scientific and organizing committees of the Green Infrastructure and Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Regions Conference invite you to submit abstracts for papers and posters. The conference will consist of plenary sessions, sub-plenary sessions, technical sessions, and themed poster sessions. The program will reflect diverse contributions across the full range of engineering, natural resource, and social science disciplines.

The broad themes of the Conference include (more detail included in abstract submittal form):
I. Defining the Benefits of Green Infrastructure
II. Barriers to Green Infrastructure Implementation
III. Funding Green Infrastructure Design, Implementation and Maintenance
IV. Implementation Strategies for Governments, Communities and Developers

Expanded Conference Topics Here


Register online here.

Conference Organizers:

The University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability and the University of Florida-IFAS with support from the U.S. Forest Service.


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