Upcoming Presentation – Green Infrastructure: Creating Sustainable Sites & Livable Communities

Presented by Tom Barrett 

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

6 p.m. to 8 p.m

Chicago Center for Green Technology

445 N. Sacramento Blvd.

Chicago, Illinois

Green infrastructure is a transformative approach to sustainable site development utilizing rain gardens, bioswales and engineered elements to create a water management system that protects, restores, and mimics the natural water cycle. This integration of natural and built environments provides benefits such as cleaner water, ecosystem conservation, wildlife habitat and aesthetic appeal. Additionally, green infrastructure can be accomplished at a significantly lower cost than conventional concrete and mortar infrastructure. Join Tom Barrett as he explains how harvesting locally produced water helps develop a “natural approach” to the efficient use of water and relieves stormwater problems.


Learning Objectives

• Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States

• Combining “green infrastructure” with existing, conventional “gray infrastructure,” as well as combining new technology with old technology creating a sustainable future.

This program is presented free of charge as part of the Chicago Center for Green Technology’s Green Tech U program. Registration is required by calling 312-746-9642 or by emailing your requested class and contact information to greentech@cityofchicago.org with “Green Tech U” in the subject line.

About Tom Barrett:

Tom Barrett is an accomplished corporate growth and change agent with over thirty years of landscape industry experience.   Tom’s leadership experience, holding executive level positions, drives corporate revenue growth through change and innovation for business start-ups, corporate expansions, and divisional turnarounds.

Tom Barrett has been delivering energetic, dynamic presentations and training for over twenty years.  These presentations empower people to become masters of change rather than victims of circumstance by developing tools for transformational thinking.  For more information, please visit Book Tom Barrett.

About Green Water Infrastructure:

Green Water Infrastructure is a consulting company that integrates water resources for sustainable site development. Their goal is to utilize one hundred percent of the on-site water resources at a site. Green Water saves communities money by combining green infrastructure with gray infrastructure and new technology with existing technology to create sustainable growth — environmentally and socially. For more information, please visit www.thinkgwi.com.

About the Chicago Center for Green Technology

The Chicago Center for Green Technology is the first rehabilitated municipal; building in the nation to receive the leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ™ (LEED) Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. Mayor Richard M. Daley dedicated the building in 2001 and it has since become a national model for sustainable design and technology. The Center serves as the most comprehensive green design and educational resource in the Midwest.

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