Using Green Infrastructure to Create Community Spaces

Topical Peer Conversation

This Peer Conversation will discuss innovative solutions to stormwater management challenges. These solutions can serve as essential community gathering spaces and promote environmental education. Discussion leaders will share the story of the Ubuntu Gathering Place in Cleveland, a new vibrant outdoor space for celebrations, community gatherings, funerals, public performances, how-to programs, gardening activities, arts and crafts, and more. It includes a serpentine series of bioretention cells stretching throughout the property, removing approximately 244,000 gallons of stormwater annually from the combined sewer system. Participants will share ideas for how to mitigate stormwater runoff while engaging the community and developing environmental stewardship among young adults.


Zulma Zabala

Senior Fellow, Community & Racial Equity, The Center for Community Solutions