Monday, November 26, 2007

Going Green

Going Green – Understanding the Complexities

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
4:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Rock Salt on Latitude 47
1232 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle

Please join us at 4:00 p.m. before the session for the MPAC Meeting to plan future programs.

Program Description

As the Muppets’ Kermit the Frog soulfully sang: “It’s not easy being green.”

Join us for a presentation on how Sustainable Design is actually being implemented in the Northwest and the complexities of going green. Our discussion will explore questions such as:

How can agencies respond to the market while protecting Public safety and the environment?
What of leadership strategies are needed to assist smaller groups managing volunteer projects?
How to effectively review green projects and why it’s not business-as-usual.
How do we consider life-cycle costs vs. capital costs on sustainable projects?
Can we use multiple scenarios during project selection to identify potential weaknesses in plans?

Our speakers will draw from project and professional experience to discuss these topics, with an emphasis on storm water management and lessons learned. They will discuss present and future green drainage design guidance, associated regulatory framework, relationships between agencies and private partners, retrofitting of existing facilities with green features, and components for successfully completing a Low Impact Development (LID) project from planning through the operations and maintenance phases.

Peg Staeheli, ASLA, LEED® AP, is president of SvR Design Company, a Seattle-based landscape architecture and civil engineering firm specializing in integrated and environmentally responsible design. SvR recently won the ASCE Region 8 Outstanding Project Award their work on the High Point Redevelopment and Storm Drainage Project. SvR’s practice includes green infrastructure, complete streets, facilities, civic and community centers, mixed-use development, housing, parks, and restoration. Peg works with public agencies and private clients on planning, selecting, and funding capital improvement projects. Peg has presented on sustainable and low impact development approaches encouraging a shift in our industry at venues including APWA, Stormcon, the National Low Impact Development Conferences, Seattle Great Cities and the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Christopher W. May, Ph.D., is a member of the urban watersheds group at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Chris is a freshwater ecologist with an environmental engineering background and expertise in urban watershed assessment and management. Chris specializes in stormwater management, low impact development (LID), watershed analysis using geographic information systems (GIS), salmonid habitat assessment, urban stream rehabilitation, water quality monitoring, stream biological assessment, and watershed restoration. Chris is an adjunct faculty member of Western Washington University, Huxley School of Environmental Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma Environmental Science Program, and the University of Washington, Professional Engineering Program.


4:45 - 5:30 pm Registration, Appetizers and No Host Social
5:30 - 6:50 pm Presentation and Q&A
7:00 - 7:45 pm Dinner and Discussion

Registration Fee (includes dinner): $37.00
Please register by Wednesday, December 5, 2007.
Refunds: No refunds for cancellations after noon on Monday, December 10, 2007. “No shows” that have not pre-paid will be billed.

Prepayment is encouraged and greatly appreciated by our volunteer registration staff at the meeting.

Register and pay by mail at or online at and follow the direction for registration and prepayment. Print the registration confirmation/invoice form and bring a copy with you to the meeting. Registrations may be paid through PayPal or you may mail a copy of the invoice with your check (payable to APWA) to:

APWA/MPAC December Meeting
c/o Municipal Research and Services Center
2601 Fourth Avenue, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98121-1280

Confirm your reservation at, click Online Registration for the current meeting, and at the bottom of the page click on Attendee List. Contact Holly Stewart at MRSC at (206) 625-1300 for questions about registration.

This training session may qualify for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH). Participants are responsible for tracking their own PDH.

Please call Sheila Harrison, PE, at (206) 441-9385 or Mo Kashani, PE at (425) 388-6493 for more information about the program.

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