Report on the September 2012 White House Stormwater Conference
By Carol Brzozowski
The White House is placing a higher priority on stormwater and the establishment of green infrastructure to address it, say those who attended a conference on stormwater and green infrastructure last week in Washington, DC.
Growing Awareness of Green Infrastructure
Speranza says she believes a shift toward green infrastructure has been taking place over time. “There seems to be a growing awareness that green approaches are not just ‘nice to do,’ but actually are more effective, more comprehensive, and save money in the long run,” she says.
Barriers: Funding and a Cultural Shift
Conference participants say two of the biggest barriers moving forward are financing and a cultural shift from traditional methods to emerging approaches and technologies.
Building on Successes
Success stories like Philadelphia’s are helping to propel the issue of green infrastructure forward on a national level.
Author’s Bio: Carol Brzozowski specializes in topics related to stormwater and technology.