Project Manager + Economic Developer + Public Relations Professional
Shari Cooper Oklahoma
Today, cities all over the nation are grappling with maintenance issues of aging, deteriorating infrastructure. This issue is not only a capital program emergency in some cases but also a sustainable issue for residents. In Philadelphia's case, it was a consent order from the EPA that inspired a call to action regarding the city's combined sewer system.
During this time, Mayor Michael Nutter vowed to make the city the "greenest city" in America. One of the approaches to greening the city included the development of "green streets" which employ environmental technologies including green roofs, storm water trenches, planters, bump outs and pervious pavement. These technologies not only naturally manage stormwater (through filtration and irrigation), but they also green up the city landscape, which contributes to cleaner air.
Below are some the concept designs I produced for the Philadelphia Water Department for their green streets program.