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US (NC): Innovative green infrastructure headlines NC GIC’s 4th Annual Water Symposium

North Carolina’s Green Industry Council will spotlight the benefits of green infrastructure during their 4th Annual Water Symposium, scheduled for July 24 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center, Raleigh.

As municipalities, commercial developers and private landowners increasingly turn to green infrastructure to manage water at the site and regional level, plants and managed landscapes are taking a leading role. Parks, urban forests, green roofs, rain gardens, constructed wetlands, permeable pavement, cisterns…these are the new roots of urban resilience.

Philadelphia’s Mami Hara, Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commissioner at the Philadelphia Water Department is the opening Keynote. She will present Philadelphia’s plans to invest more than $2 billion in green infrastructure over the next 25 years through the nation’s most ambitious green infrastructure program.

Other speakers include nationally renowned Landscape Architect Jeffrey Bruce, North Kansas City, Missouri; Closing Keynote, Alan Harris a.k.a. The Water Scribe, from Valley Crest Landscapes, Atlanta, Georgia; and Trevor Clements from TetraTech, ranked No. 1 in Water in the nation by Engineering News Record. Additional speakers will address topics such as Low Impact Development (LID), the role of plants in stormwater management, and site level infiltration among others.

The Green Industry Council will also award their first ever Blue Green Innovator of the Year Award to recognize outstanding leadership and innovation in environmental stewardship in regards to water conservation, water use efficiency and the development and implementation of green infrastructure by an individual, organization or government entity.

Join North Carolina’s Green Industry Council as we hear from national speakers as they talk about employing green infrastructure to meet the water challenges of our rapidly urbanizing society.

For further information, contact the NC Green Industry Council, (919) 783-9488 or visit

Click here to register for the Water Symposium. Visit for the schedule and and more information about the speakers.

For more information
NC Green Industry Council
Calvin Kirven, Executive Director
T: +1 919-783-9488
[email protected]

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