WEF Participates in White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

October 30, 2012

Laws & Regs

On Sept. 20, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Executive Director Jeff Eger participated as a panel discussion moderator during the White House Council on Environmental Quality conference, Municipal Stormwater Infrastructure: Going From Grey to Green.

Municipal officials, consultants, designers, and other water sector experts gathered at the conference to discuss green infrastructure. During two panels, attendees, including WEF Stormwater Committee Chairman Michael Beezhold, discussed challenges to implementing and funding green infrastructure. Attendees then worked in small groups to list barriers to mainstreaming green infrastructure and recommendations on how to overcome the challenges.

Attendees agreed that it will be important for the federal government to provide opportunities for wider implementation of green infrastructure, and that more work is needed to collect data and technical resources and disseminate information to water professionals, public officials, and the public.

Seth Brown’s, WEF’s Stormwater program manager, wrote a blog post about his experience participating in this event: “Stormwater Infrastructure: No Longer a Stepchild in the Water Sector.”

For additional information on green infrastructure, see the WEF document “Green Infrastructure: Barriers to Implementation,” WEF’s Stormwater Program website, and EPA’s green infrastructure website.


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