In July 2016, The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with Greening of Detroit and Issue Media Group, kicked off Phase I of a two-phase project to create a Green Infrastructure Project Tracking and Communications Knowledgebase for the City of Detroit, funded by the Erb Family Foundation. This consortium seeks to increase awareness of current green infrastructure practices in the City of Detroit, build community support around green infrastructure, and advance coordination and implementation of green infrastructure practices throughout the city. Phase I of this will result in a prototype website and project plan for Phase II implementation. This presentation will focus on the need that sparked this project, the resulting prototype, and what could materialize following the launch of a green infrastructure knowledgebase for the City of Detroit.
Lesley Rivera, The Nature Conservancy
Lesley is the Urban Strategies Project Manager for the Nature Conservancy's Detroit program and a planner with expertise in green infrastructure, physical planning and urban design. Lesley earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and her Master of Urban Planning degree at the University of Michigan. Prior to attending graduate school, Lesley spent two years working with the City of Ann Arbor on stormwater management projects related to floodplains, urban forestry, and green streets initiatives. Her nonprofit work includes working with the Huron River Watershed Council and Altarum Institute. Before joining the Nature Conservancy, Lesley spent a year with the City of Ann Arbor's Planning Department, focusing on issues such as affordable housing and community engagement.
Content Contributor: Valerie Strassberg, The Nature Conservancy