How can green streets and complete streets help our communities?

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk about taking our vision beyond a single street retrofit to transforming communities at the Municipal Green Building Conference in Downey. Our lens is sustainable water management. The traditional complete streets concept focuses on making streets and neighborhoods pedestrian (and bicyclist) friendly – focusing on the human scale rather than the car scale, so to speak. Complete green streets look farther, to how we can bring nature back to neighborhoods. Urban water runoff and flooding are particular concerns, which can be solved by wholistic planning that takes into account climate, transportation, and the needs of the community. This is what we did in Sun Valley.Back to the Green Building Conference. If you are interested, the video of my presentation is available along with presentations by Mark Hanna of Geosyntec, Calvin Abe of Ahbe Landscape Architects, and Paula Daniels of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works, all on the topic of complete, green streets. The session was moderated by Edward Belden, of the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council. Thanks much to the skillful videography John Gannon of Strikeout Studio.

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One response to “How can green streets and complete streets help our communities?

  1. Miss Havisham's Tea Party

    HaHaHI there! What a great website and blog. I found you through a link on Laura Barlow’s Green Civitas blog.

    How can the ordinary citizen without an attorney, convince the Pasadena City Council to not dump sediment on a water resteration basin in Hahamongna? How can they be moved and enlightened to the best and most responsible course of action?

    Among the most bitter pill for the city to swallow is the inevitable purchase of the land on the northeastern rim of Hahamongna. The Altadena neighborhood of west of Windsor, which of course, should have been purchased long ago when the toxic discharge from JPL was discovered in the surface water…that later polluted the ground water in that neighborhood.

    It’s never too late to do the right thing, Pasadena!

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