Stormwater Symposium

Oral

395069 - Stevens’ Living Laboratory for Stormwater GI Research, Education, and Outreach

Tuesday, June 5
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Greenway AB

The Living Laboratory is a newly constructed stormwater green infrastructure (GI) research and demonstration site on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. With 46 individual GI systems custom-built from the ground up to measure real-world results, the Living Laboratory is dedicated to discovering urban GI solutions for stormwater issues. Four bioretention planters, 38 pilot-scale green roof systems (plus 2 “conventional” pilot-scale roofs), and three rain gardens were installed on campus in ~1 year. Each GI system is built with multiple design configurations, and each configuration of bioretention planter and green roof is field-replicated. By concurrently collecting data on multiple versions of each technology under natural rainfall, direct, meaningful comparisons will aid the stormwater industry to better select the “right” technology for particular runoff and site concerns, optimize design within each system, and generate and/or calibrate modeling tools. On campus at Stevens, the design and construction of the Living Laboratory enabled positive, collaborative learning between Civil Engineering academic research faculty, and Facilities Management. Integrating undergraduate research with the construction created unique learning experiences for first-year college students, which is continuing as for-credit undergraduate research courses. New opportunities are continually emerging for introducing new and different communities to GI. For example, within weeks of construction, the Living Laboratory hosted high school students in a “GI Camp” sponsored by the City of Hoboken, and members of the NJ State General Assembly, while lectures and tours are continually being offered across a range of university courses. Ultimately, creating the Living Laboratory to address local planning board requirements for campus development, and eliminating a surface overflow onto neighboring public property, has already proven to be a good investment for the university across the spectrums of research, education, and outreach. The potential impact on the field of GI is greatly anticipated.

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