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5 Keys to Spectacular Landscapes in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

  • 20 Oct 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 27


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5 Keys to Spectacular Landscapes in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Presented by: Rachel Streit
Managing Designer, CHPlanning Ltd. at the Philadelphia Water Department


Plants are a cornerstone of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), vital to community buy-in as well as functional processes like infiltration and evapotranspiration. However, it can be very challenging for plants to thrive in GSI, especially in an urban environment. It adds even greater complexity when these landscapes are expected to “fit in” with existing community aesthetics. 

In Philadelphia, the groundbreaking Green City, Clean Waters Program has worked through thoughtful approaches to landscaping as it has added over 1,000 green tools across the City. Integral to this program, the Landscape Design Team collaborates closely with planners, engineers, and scientists to plan, design, and maintain thriving, attractive landscapes. This presentation will share 5 practical keys to achieving successful landscapes from the Landscape Design Team. 


Rachel Streit, CHPlanning Ltd., has served PWD’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Group since 2010. In her role, she assists with design reviews, program resource development, and coordination for landscape contracts. She has also taught various courses in Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Design programs as an adjunct lecturer at Jefferson University. Rachel has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Biology and minor in Art from Lewis & Clark College. 


This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate).  

Please note: Presentation is to be given through Zoom at the link below. PDH's will be issued through PDFs. Please allow extra time to register through Zoom and get software set up. Presentation will start at noon. Early participants will be in a Waiting Room until noon. Participants must email to request PDH Certificate after the event.

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