03/30/18

CURA Speaker Series: Christopher A. Impellitteri

"Green Infrastructure Research in EPA's Office of Research and Development"

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Thompson Library, Room 165

CURA Guest Speaker: Christopher A. Impellitteri, Associtate National Program Director, USEPA Office of Research and Development, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program

Green infrastructure uses plants, soils, landscape design and engineered techniques to retain and infiltrate storm water runoff thereby preventing or reducing the amount of runoff that flows directly into storm drains. It provides many environmental, social and economic benefits that promote urban livability, such as storm water management, water conservation, augmented green space and increased property values. Storm water discharges continue to cause impairment of our Nation’s bodies of water. Scientists and engineers in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) are studying green infrastructure practices to help support local, state and national storm water management objectives to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention. ORD’s research supports the increased adoption of both constructed and natural green infrastructure into communities through the development and improvement of models and tools, case studies, and the evaluation of data from applications of green infrastructure practices throughout the Nation.