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Do You Know Green Infrastructure?

Krystal Paisley

April 9, 2015

How can you succeed with your green infrastructure project? Kari Mackenbach, CFM, BCES, ENV SP, presented on success with green infrastructure at last week’s West Virginia Construction and Design Expo. During the presentation, Kari asked, “How much do you know about green infrastructure?” with a true and false quiz and a chance to win an iPad Mini. Read more for answers and to find out about the winner!

Quiz!

Answer the true and false questions below to test your green infrastructure knowledge!

 

  1. All green infrastructure projects are the same.  True or False?
  2. Green infrastructure is a more costly alternative all the time.  True or False?
  3. There is grant money available for you green infrastructure projects.  True or False?
  4. Green infrastructure is more flexible than traditional gray infrastructure (pipes and separation projects).  True or False?
  5. Green infrastructure operation and maintenance is very expensive.  True or False?
  6. There is already a great manual available in West Virginia for you to follow for your green infrastructure program.  True or False?

How Knowledgeable are you?

  1. All green infrastructure projects are the same.
    False!  Every project is different.  Not all green infrastructure solutions will work in every location or situation, so you have to be flexible.  Considering your surroundings is key!
  2. Green infrastructure is a more costly alternative all the time.
    False!  Green Infrastructure can be expensive but can also be the most cost effective solution for a problem that you are trying to address. Understanding how green infrastructure can be utilized efficiently in your projects is the first step.
  3. There is grant money available for your green infrastructure projects.
    True! 
    There are many resources available to find funding for projects, including:
  4. Green infrastructure is more flexible than traditional gray infrastructure (pipes and separation projects).
    True! 
    Green infrastructure, when used correctly, can be one of the most flexible solutions. Being able to maneuver around utilities is just one example of green infrastructure’s flexibility.
     
  5. Green infrastructure operation and maintenance is very expensive.
    False! 
    While routine maintenance is required, the ease of maintenance begins with a thoughtful design. A long-term maintenance plan should be developed to determine frequency, equipment needed, routine maintenance, as-needed maintenance, and maintenance based on monitor performance. It is also critical to have skilled maintenance providers for the project.

  6. There is already a great manual available in West Virginia for you to follow for your green infrastructure program.
    True! 
    The Stormwater Management and Design Guidance Manual can help you with your next green infrastructure project. The manual provides guidance on designing and implementing stormwater management practices that will manage rainfall on site in accordance with West Virginia’s small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) general permit.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the session! The winning participant of the iPad has been notified via email.

 

View the full presentation, How to Succeed with Your Green Infrastructure Projects. To get started on your next green infrastructure project, contact Kari at info@msconsultants.com.