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Talking Groundwater, Green Infrastructure, and Resiliency at ABX

The ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is the largest building and design conference in the Northeast, bringing together 8,000 attendees to cover a range of topics for people working in the A/E/C industry in New England. It’s one of our favorite events every year, and we’ll be there attending sessions, networking, and visiting the exhibit hall … and speaking at three sessions!

Interested in learning more about groundwater recharge in Boston, how green infrastructure strategies can support climate change resiliency efforts, or how Boston is approaching City-wide green infrastructure implementation? Join Nitsch staff on Thursday at one (or more!) of our sessions:

Boston Groundwater Recharge: Why? How? & Results!
Thursday, November 29, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (Session TH09)

Article 32 of the City of Boston Zoning Code created the Groundwater Conservation Overlay District, which requires groundwater recharge for all new/renovated projects in the area. In the 12 years since this requirement has been implemented, engineers have designed creative ways to recharge groundwater in the dense urban environment, benefiting the environment in numerous ways. Join John Schmid, PE, LEED AP, Vice President and Executive Project Manager at Nitsch Engineering, and Christian Simonelli, the Executive Director of Boston Groundwater Trust, for a conversation about the environmental and sustainable benefits that groundwater recharge provides, and some examples of unique and successful implementations.

Adapting to a Changing Climate: Infrastructure and Resiliency
Thursday, November 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Session TH15)

Green infrastructure strategies are becoming more essential as our urban environments face increased stormwater management issues as well as a changing climate. Join Scott Turner, PE, AICP, LEED AP ND, Vice President and Director of Planning at Nitsch Engineering, and Amy Whitesides, Studio Director from Stoss Landscape Urbanism, as they discuss progressive green infrastructure strategies, how these strategies can mitigate the impacts of climate change and be coordinated with resiliency efforts, and how landscape architects, planners, and civil engineers can work together to plan and design more effective green infrastructure facilities in urban environments.

Room to Grow Greener: Assessing Site Development in Boston
Thursday, November 29, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Session TH30)

Cities across the United States have initiated aggressive green infrastructure programs to address stormwater issues. How have Boston’s unique historic conditions and climate posed barriers for implementing widespread green infrastructure techniques in the past – and how is the City moving forward? Nicole Holmes, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager in Green Infrastructure Planning at Nitsch Engineering – along with Kate England, GI/LID Program Manager at Boston Water and Sewer Commission; Becky Rupel and Christine Wilson, Landscape Architects from Copley Wolff Design Group (CWDG); and Mark Winterer, Co-Owner of Recover Green Roofs – will participate in an active panel discussion about the evolving initiatives and new opportunities that are anticipated to launch Boston as the new leader in implementing sustainable, low-impact approaches City-wide.

We look forward to seeing you at ABX, and hope you’ll join us in our sessions!