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Plant Performance in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Systems Symposium

  • Lea Elementary School Auditorium 4700 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA, 19139 United States (map)


Join Delaware Valley Green Building Council and the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia's GSI Partners on Monday, June 27th for a half-day symposium that will explore the technical aspects of plant performance as it relates to stormwater management. Sara Pevaroff Schuh, RLA, ASLA, whose firm SALT Design Studio lead the design of Lea Elementary’s green schoolyard, will present on the design concept and plant selection for the site. Walter Yerk, Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University, will present on research on rainfall interception by shrubs and vegetated canopies in urban settings and will discuss the challenges with measuring rainfall interception. Sasha Eisenman, Ph.D. of Temple University will share data and preliminary results on tree species performance in stormwater tree trenches. 

Following the presentations, Julie Snell, ISA will moderate a Q&A discussion to dig deeper into the issues of plant selection, density planting, plant mortality, evapotranspiration, performance metrics, cost, maintenance and other topics pertinent to the regulatory approval of similar projects. The event will conclude with a guided tour* of Lea Elementary’s green schoolyard to contextualize Sara Pevaroff Schuh’s case study.

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Later Event: June 28
Celebration of Native Plans