Friday, November 2, 2018

Penn State Water Insights Seminar Nov. 9, Who Signs Up For Free Rain Gardens?

The Penn State Environment and Natural Resources Institute will host a Water Insights Seminar on November 9 on Who Signs Up For Free Rain Gardens from Noon to 1:00.
Danny Brent, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, will present the findings of his recent study of the Rainwise Program in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Green infrastructure is advocated as a cost-effective strategy to cope with stormwater problems facing many cities, which also provides amenity values through urban greening.  
However, the implications of policies that incentivize the private adoption of green stormwater infrastructure are not well understood.
Rainwise eligibility is based on hydrologic conditions and eligible areas are more expensive on average-- likely because they are near water bodies that are also desirable locations.  
Within eligible areas, houses that sign up for rebates are slightly less expensive than comparable houses.
Since green stormwater infrastructures capitalizes into housing values, and the cost of rebates are borne by all ratepayers, cities need to evaluate tradeoffs of hydrologic benefits and distribution concerns related to environmental justice.
The Seminar will held from Noon to 1:00 in Room 312 of the Ag and Bio Engineering Building on Penn State’s main campus in State College and is available online via Zoom.
Nov. 16 Seminar
The next scheduled Seminar is on November 16 and will feature Lauren McPhillips, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a presentation on sustainable and resilient management of stormwater in urban landscapes.
For more information, and archived copies of past Seminars, visit the Water Insights Seminar Series webpage.
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