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The Urban Heat Island, Photochemical Smog, and Chicago: Local Features of the Problem and Solution

1999

This project identifies the effect that surface modifications have on the urban heat island phenomenon and related ozone problems in the metropolitan area of Chicago, Illinois.

Related Organizations: Northwestern University, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kimberly A. Gray, Mary E. Finster

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Pringle Creek (Salem, Oregon) Green Streets Initiative

2006

In 2006, the community of Pringle Creek, Oregon installed porous pavements on 100 percent of its streets, called its “Green Streets” iniative. The project combined a variety of green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bioswales, with porous pavements to mitigate flooding of Pringle Creek streets during heavy precipitation events. The green infrastructure techniques used by the community are designed to return 90 percent of rainwater to the local aquifer, as opposed to flowing as runoff to community storm sewers.

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Oregon Guidance on Biofilters for Storm Water Discharge Pollution Removal

January 2003

In 2003, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published guidance on the use of “biofilters” to remove pollution from stormwater. Biofilters include a variety of green infrastructure techniques installed along roadways to filter pollution from stormwater runoff such as constructed wetlands and bioswales (vegetated swales or ditches), among others. The guidance details the design best management practices (BMPs) that have been proven to work well in constructing biofilters, and argues that biofilters may be the “most economical” way to remove sediment and other pollutants from runoff.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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Washington D.C. Green Roof Program

2007

In 2003, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation initiated a green roof demonstration project funded under the terms of a consent decree negotiated by the D. C. Water and Sewer Authority. The money was used to issue grants for the installation of eight different pilot green roofs that would reduce the cost of each green roof cost to the building owner by up to 20 percent. The pilot roofs served as models that building owners could use for future green roof projects, by providing data on costs, construction methods, performance, and maintenance needs.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

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Portland, Oregon Green Streets Program

2007

Portland, Oregon’s Green Streets are streets that use vegetated facilities to manage stormwater runoff. Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Green Street Program is a sustainable stormwater strategy that meets regulatory compliance and resource protection goals by using a natural systems approach to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed health.

Related Organizations: Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon NE Siskiyou Green Street Project Report

2007

In 2003, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services installed two landscaped stormwater curb extensions designed to capture street stormwater runoff on Siskiyou Street in Portland, Oregon. Essentially disconnecting the street’s runoff from the City’s combined storm/sewer system, the Siskiyou curb extensions manage it on-site using a landscape alternative. The objective was to maximize the capture, treatment, and infiltration of street stormwater runoff, while enhancing the neighborhood and offering improved pedestrian safety.

Related Organizations: Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon

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US - Netherlands Connection Project

The US-Netherlands Connection Project (USNC) is a knowledge exchange program between the U. S. and the Netherlands. Administered by Florida Earth Foundation, USNC brings delegates of professionals in academia, industry, government and nonprofits to the Netherlands to explore Dutch expertise in water management and infrastructure, especially as it relates to sea-level rise adaptation and resilience. The goal of the project is to create a unique collaboration between the country of the Netherlands and the State of Florida and the U.

Related Organizations: Florida Earth Foundation

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Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA)

JAWRA is a publication on multidisciplinary water resources issues. JAWRA papers present ideas derived from multiple disciplines woven together to give insight into a critical water issue, or are based primarily upon a single discipline with important applications to other disciplines. Papers often cover the topics of recent AWRA conferences such as riparian ecology, geographic information systems, adaptive management, and water policy.  .

Related Organizations: American Water Resources Association

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American Water Resources Association's IMPACT

IMPACT, a bi-monthly publication by the American Water Resources Association, focuses on practical solutions to today's water resources problems.  A title index search leads to issues which discuss adaptive management, climate change implications for water management, and specific local case studies.

Related Organizations: American Water Resources Association

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change

October 2006

This report provides a “how to” guide and six detailed case studies to assist companies in developing a strategy to mitigate climate change related risk. The report also offers perspective on corporate views on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, government assistance for technology advancement, and other business related policy issues. Findings are the result of research and best practices from 31 corporations surveyed by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions or C2ES).

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Author or Affiliated User: Andrew Hoffman

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