Water - Stormwater Management

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-B03 - Overcoming Barriers to Scalable Green Infrastructure

Monday, October 23
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Over the past 15 years green infrastructure has advanced dramatically, but many barriers still impede its full acceptance. As governments embrace community-scale implementation, new approaches are emerging to overcome these barriers. This presentation explores new strategies including interjurisdictional collaboration, community engagement, creative financing, and maintenance planning to promote success.

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Andrew Lavallee

SiteWorks Landscape Architecture, LLC

Andrew is a partner at SiteWorks Landscape Architecture, LLC. Over the past 29 years, he has completed a broad range of public, private and institutional projects throughout the United States and abroad. His focus has been on the design and management of technically challenging, multidisciplinary projects with a special emphasis on the use of innovative technologies, green infrastructure and integrated maintenance planning. Andrew is the co-author of the High Performance Landscape Guidelines: Parks for the 21st Century. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture Landscape Architecture Graduate Program at City College in New York City.


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Todd Appel

Impact Director
Quantified Ventures

Todd Appel is an Impact Director at Quanitified Ventures. He is a global business development and strategic change project leader. Todd has extensive experience leading large and complex projects as a consultant for government agencies, across the U.S and in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. Todd was part of the IBM 'Smarter Cities' Program in Athens, Greece. He is currently leading the development of the 'Pay for Success / Social & Environmental Impact Bond' projects in Washington, DC. Todd is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.


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Shaun O'Rourke

Director, Stormwater and Resiliency
Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank

Shaun O'Rourke is Director of Stormwater and Resiliency at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and Chief Resilience Officer for the State of Rhode Island. Prior to joining RIIB, Shaun served as Green Infrastructure Director at The Trust for Public Land and Director of Sustainable Design at Boston Architectural College. He has worked at AECOM in New York City as an Ecological Designer and currently a member of the Faculty in the School of Landscape Architecture at the Boston Architectural College. Shaun holds a MLA from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a B.S from University of Vermont.


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Lida Aljabar

Program Manager, Climate-Smart Cities
The Trust for Public Land

Lida is Climate-Smart Cities™ Program Manager at The Trust for Public Land, managing partnerships for climate change planning and green infrastructure. Previously, she was an urban planner at Arlington County, Virginia, on open space, land use and environmental planning. Lida has conducted community research for the Puntacana Ecological Foundation (Dominican Republic), analyzed economic equity at The Greenlining Institute (California), and crafted conservation policy at the New River Land Trust (southwest Virginia). She holds a Master of Urban & Regional Planning and certificate in Natural Resources, as well as a B.A. in Public & Urban Affairs, Landscape Architecture minor, from Virginia Tech.


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MON-B03 - Overcoming Barriers to Scalable Green Infrastructure

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