Smart and Scalable: Green Infrastructure and Multiple Centers from Megaregions to Neighborhoods

Washington, DC (February 9, 2008)- The European Union proposes a future in which regions with multiple centers organize into collaborative economic clusters that form sustainable networks of access, mobility, and green infrastructure. This view has propelled regions like the Randstadt in the Netherlands to the top economic ranks in Europe, while preserving green infrastructure and providing a very high quality of life.

In the US, the idea of “megaregions” is becoming an organizing principle for improving transportation options and preserving greenspace, with America 2050 providing leadership for regions from coast to coast. Cities and towns in the Pacific Northwest are pioneering green infrastructure methods with remarkable success, crafting citizen-based, century-long views such as Open Space Seattle 2100 to shape green networks that will support a burgeoning urbanism.
In this session, four speakers will present exemplary planning processes and outcomes in multi-scaled case studies ranging from regions to towns and villages, and engage participants in an exercise to move their own jurisdictions towards more sustainable futures.
David Crossley, President, Gulf Coast Institute
Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050
Nancy Rottle, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington; Director, Green Futures Research and Design Lab
Brice Maryman, ASLA, LEED AP, SvR Design Company
About New Partners for Smart Growth
The 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
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