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Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice - Portland, Oregon, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 15 April 2021
  • 13:00 - 14:00
Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice - Portland, Oregon, webinar

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During the third webinar in the Blue-Green Infrastructure series, a part of the ICE East Midlands Chair’s Programme, the speakers Nanco Dolman and Dr Emily O'Donnell will look at examples of Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) in Portland, Oregon. They will take a closer look into the Blue-Green Futures research (the published article is now available here) and how it’s applied in practice, based on case studies and real examples from Portland, Oregon.

Portland has one of the oldest and most successful BGI programs in the United States. Due to its extensive use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater and reduce combined sewer overflows, the city is a good example of the 'Grey to Green' initiative.

The speakers will review the efforts that have been made in green infrastructure of the city, using ecoroofs and green streets (bioswales), which resulted in a reduction in urban water pollution and the creation of open space.

Previous webinars in this series can be accessed here:

Image of Tanner Springs Park, Portland, Oregon, USA, courtesy of Kathleen Wolf.


Dr Emily O’Donnell

Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience, University of Nottingham

Dr Emily O'Donnell

Emily is a Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience at the University of Nottingham. Her research specialises in urban flood resilience, Blue-Green Infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. She is interested in how cities are addressing current and future urban water challenges associated with climate change, urbanisation and ageing infrastructure, and how visions may be developed for Blue-Green urban futures. She works closely with UK local government and industry stakeholders in Newcastle and Nottingham to develop sustainable visions for urban water management via Learning and Action Alliances.

Nanco Dolman

Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities, Royal HaskoningDHV

Nanco Dolman

Nanco is a civil engineer and works as Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV. Bridging the gap between hydrological engineering and ecological design, Nanco is considered as one of the front runners in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). He worked in various adaptation strategies for delta cities, and is currently involved in the international (UK-USA-China-Netherlands collaboration) ‘Blue-Green Futures’ research project, led by the University of Nottingham and funded by the British Academy’s Tackling the UK’s International Challenges programme (January 2019 to July 2020).

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