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Seminars

 What is it?   Free educational seminars on
the latest developments in green building.

 Why do it?   
Seminars are offered for both
the private homeowner and the government, design, or building professional. Regardless 
of your interest in green building, you will
benefit from hearing expert panels discuss
timely topics.

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Past Seminars (available online)

Site Selection and Transportation Issues (Sustainable Sites Series 2009)
Site Development and the Heat Island Effect (Sustainable Sites Series 2009)
Site Development and Stormwater Management (Sustainable Sites Series 2009)


Site Selection and Transportation Issues (view online)
March 26, 2009

Panelists:

Scott Kindred, Associated Earth Science
Robin Rogers, Sustainability Foundation
Thang Nguyen, Transportation Engineer - City of Kirkland

Discussion:

  • How sites interface with the larger community and contribute to transportation issues
  • Why redevelopment of underutilized sites may be more sustainable than developing new forested sites
  • Issues with redeveloping brownfield sites, including an overview of remediation strategies
  • How transportation alternatives and incentives contribute to the success of a project

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Site Development and the Heat Island Effect
(view online)
April 23, 2009

Panelists:

Matt Miller, Associated Earth Sciences Inc.
David Hilgers, Landscape Architect - TRIAD & Associates
Stacey Rush, Stormwater Engineer - City of Kirkland
Deb Powers, Urban Forester - City of Kirkland

Discussion:

  • Strategies for protecting sites by limiting site disturbance, using permeable surfaces, and restoring previously developed or graded sites
  • Techniques for minimizing the disruption of existing ecosystems and reducing the building footprint
  • Siting for passive solar design
  • How green roofs can maximize open space as well as reduce the heat island effect
  • Benefits of wetlands, ponds, and pedestrian hardscapes
  • Further strategies for reducing the heat island effect including shading techniques, highly reflective paving materials, open grid paving, and underground parking
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Site Development and Stormwater Management (view online)
May 28, 2009

Panelists:

Steve Foley, King County
Jenny Gaus, City of Kirkland
Mike Moody, Triad & Associates
Linda Pruitt, The Cottage Company

Discussion:

  • Strategies for protecting sites by limiting site disturbance, using permeable surfaces, rain gardens, swales, and restoring previously developed or graded sites
  • Techniques for minimizing the disruption of existing ecosystems, reducing the building footprint, and stormwater infrastructure
  • How green roofs maximize open space and contribute to on-site stormwater management
  • Benefits of wetlands, ponds, and pedestrian hardscapes
  • Strategies for working with existing codes
  • Case studies of efficient and effective low-impact development techniques interspersed with valuable “lessons learned”
  • The stormwater management process from design stage and permitting through the implementation stage

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