Workshop #3   8:30 am – 12 pm (BACK)
Wednesday, September 23

Less is More:  Using Sustainability as a Tool for Innovation in Stream Restoration Design and Construction

Scott McGill, Principal and co-founder, Ecotone, Inc., Forest Hill, MD
Richard Berkey, Director of Restoration Construction, Ecotone, Inc., Forest Hill, MD
Erin Ferriter, PhD, Chief, Division of Efficiency and Innovation, Harford County, MD
Brian Bartell, RLA, Stream Restoration Specialist, WRA, Inc., San Rafael, CA

Materials required to bring:  None.  Laptop or iPad may be helpful.

Materials received:  Workbook, copies of presentation in paper and digital format, links to instructional videos.

Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:

  • Incorporate sustainability into site analysis, design, and construction.
  • Identify and implement design/build contracting mechanisms.
  • Understand and apply methods, techniques, and tactics to promote sustainability and reduce project costs.
  • Test and measure a project’s potential carbon output.
  • Reduce overall cost while increasing resilience.
  • Apply a decision, outcome based matrix for project design which integrates sustainability.
  • Apply sustainability to challenging urban environments.
  • leverage ecosystem services.

This workshop is for designers, engineers, project sponsors, regulatory experts, and others who are interested in creating highly functional, resilient, and cost efficient projects.  Many stream restoration projects are implemented which specify the use of exotic materials that are not available locally, rely on quarry rock as the key component of stability, fail to encourage the reuse of on-site materials, and result in projects high in cost and carbon output.  By integrating sustainable strategies and tactics, practitioners can realize tremendous overall cost savings as well as reducing short and long term carbon output.  Workshop participants will learn how to incorporate sustainable strategies, methods and techniques into the stages of a project’s development:  site analysis, design, and construction/long term site integrity.

The workshop will utilize videos and interactive activities to promote learning and retention of the material covered.