The following three tracks will be offered at the conference:
We can learn a lot from nature. Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to land development and redevelopment that works with the local environment to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. It focuses on preserving or creating natural landscape features and practices that mimic the processes we find in nature, which effectively manage stormwater.
Are you a member of the design, development or construction community? Are you interested in ensuring quality sustainable growth in your city? Do you want to learn how to turn a “waste product” into a resource? This symposium is for you! Architects, citizens, developers, engineers, government officials, landscape architects, landscape designers, students, researchers, teachers and all others interested in the broader acceptance of interdisciplinary design approaches critical to successful LID are encouraged to attend.
The Great Plains Research and Innovation Symposium (GPRIS) was created to expose decision-makers, professional designers, developers, citizens and others to the full range of regional LID practices available today. Attendees can then return to their communities and encourage the adoption of LID principles through public education, necessary changes in zoning codes to improve LID utilization, and technical support for their successful implementation relative to regional soils and climatic challenges. The GPRIS strives to foster creativity in sustainable development, wider understanding and acceptance of LID within the regulatory structure that guides development, and broader acceptance of interdisciplinary design approaches that are critical to successful LID implementation.
LID is a toolbox of site-scale practices that the site designer and developer can utilize to:
There are many practices that are used to support these benefits, including bioretention systems, rain gardens, vegetated rooftops, bioswales, rain barrels, and permeable pavements to name a few. By implementing LID principles and practices, water can be managed in a way that reduces the impact of built areas on the environment while providing numerous additional benefits.
A significant investment of time and energy from a diverse range of expertise and entities is supporting the development and implementation of events.
Committee members include: