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Nontraditional Partnerships for Stormwater Management and Urban Greening

Learn about two innovative approaches for non-traditional partnerships around stormwater management.

The District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment launched the Community Stormwater Solutions grant program in 2016 to provide start-up funding of up to $20,000 for community-oriented projects aimed at improving water quality. The District works with public and private landowners to install green stormwater infrastructure. This requires expanding the reach of partners engaged in stormwater management activities, including public agencies, such as parks and transportation, as well as universities, public schools, arts organizations, neighborhood associations, and small businesses. In Los Angeles, The Trust for Public Land is working with the city to elevate the critical role of alleys to surrounding communities  and finding innovative ways to incorporate green infrastructure into alley redevelopment. Alleys are often hidden in cities, but when reconsidered through community-based approaches, they can be the keys to social, economic, and ecological sustainability.

This session looks into various constructed alley projects through different design approaches to compare and examine benefits and constraints of alley projects that serve as neighborhood public space and include multiple community benefits.