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June 25 –  Online Panel Featuring Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

June 25 –  Online Panel Featuring Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

Curator Andrea Bogart, manager of the DCDT, and Associate Director Christopher Stefani of the DCDT have been working on programming for Yeah, What Lester Said since 2019. They moved the exhibition and symposium online and made it available free to all when it launched on June 1. Named for Environmental Activist Lester Brown, this collection of art exhibits, panel discussions and presentations features and array of climate change experts, artists, architects and activists all of whom are working to protect the future.

The upcoming program as part of this series is called Navigating the Nuts and Bolts of Stormwater Infrastructure.

It’s an online panel discussion featuring speakers from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Ann Arbor’s Green Infrastructure Studio; The Nature Conservancy and SmithGroup.

In this presentation we will deep dive into two newly designed (2019) built Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects in Detroit, Michigan. These projects include: The Sacred Heart Church parking renovation and The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Sankofa Permeable Pavers Project.

This panel will compare and contrast learnings for how these practices are informed by triple bottom line benefits for many stakeholders, lessons learned and the nuts and bolts (funding, designing, implementing, maintaining) and the various returns on investments that are gained from building and shifting organizations toward greener infrastructure.


Jodee Rains, executive vice president of programs for the ERB Foundation

Patrick Droze, principal at OHM Advisors


Leslie Tom, chief sustainability officer of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Patrick Judd, senior manager of ECT – Ann Arbor’s Green Infrastructure Studio

Valerie Strassberg, urban conservation program director for The Nature Conservancy

Andrew McDowell, associate landscape architect at SmithGroup


Importance of understanding scale – drainage of the City.

Understand District Scale

Provide lessons learned about designing, constructing, maintaining green stormwater infrastructure

Inspire others to move forward with GSI (building owners / technical experts)

Climate Action Plan — flooding – (esp in vulnerable neighborhoods)

Overcoming barriers

Capital Partnership Program & Funding

The event is set for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 25 and can be found at Detroit.Design/Lester and

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