USEPA Green Infrastructure Program Webcast: Greening Vacant Lots
Date: February 9, 2016
Time: 1- 2:30 p.m.
In this webcast, speakers from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Buffalo Sewer Authority, and the City of Baltimore will highlight vacant lot greening programs and specific landscape treatments that they have used in their communities. These programs and practices utilize vacant lots as sponges to hold and soak in rainwater, which helps to keep local waterways clean. Implementing green infrastructure on vacant lots can also reduce the incidence of combined sewer overflows and the quantity of stormwater that municipal sewer districts treat and manage. By creatively using vacant lots as an asset, these cities are addressing legacy environmental challenges in new ways that create multiple community co-benefits.
Session 1 – Lot-by-Lot: Baltimore Strategies for Creating a New Urban Landscape Through Vacant Lot Reuse
Jenny Guillaume, Growing Green Initiative Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, City of Baltimore
The session will begin by outlining the network of Baltimore strategies and programs designed to stabilize neighborhoods and attract new development by greening vacant land for public benefit including Vacants to Value, Power in Dirt, and the newly launched Growing Green Initiative. These strategies developed by Baltimore City and nonprofit partners seek to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization to allow residents to use vacant spaces to create their self-identified neighborhood issues. The Green Pattern Book will be featured as a tool that City agencies, NGOs, community-based organizations, and individual residents have used as a guide to greening vacant land. Finally the presentation will showcase a few examples from the Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed.