Green Fund Projects

The Effectiveness of Stormwater BMP’s and LID at Shoemaker Green

This project will develop a Shoemaker Green monitoring plan that can support the mission of extending the classroom to the landscape while also contributing knowledge of lessons learned to the greater community of professionals and regulators.  The goal of the monitoring is to test the assumptions that these green infrastructure facilities provide an ecological, social and economic benefits and to what degree. This information in turn will be valuable information for not only the University, but also the City of Philadelphia and other regulatory entities such as the EPA.

Performance data on individual best management practices (BMP's) for landscape design and stormwater management are readily available. However, there is little performance data on the integration of multiple green infrastructure elements within a site, or site level monitoring – as was done at Shoemaker Green. This opportunity led the designers and the faculty to develop a monitoring plan that can support the mission of extending the classroom to the landscape while also contributing knowledge of lessons learned to the greater community of professionals and regulators. By building partnerships with academic, government and design professionals and working under the Sustainable Sites Initiative program guidelines, a site level monitoring framework has been developed for the Shoemaker Green project that over the span of several years, will seek to provide temporal data sets to better understand performance based landscape design. Data collected on how the site manages stormwater and a number of other environmental performance indicators will be analyzed on a monthly basis over the course of the project and then synthesized and represented on a blog website to communicate the successes and failures of the project.

 

Project Leader: 
Craig Calabria, Associate Director, Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Program and Grant Scavello, Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management
Project Sponsor: 
Craig Calabria, Associate Director, Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Program
Status: 
In Progress

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