U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter

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Living Infrastructure - HVB

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Hudson Valley Branch - Dutchess County


  • It says free, but it's not. Our software adds that when we don't charge at the time of registration. Our at the door prices are:

    Members $15
    Public $20
    Students (with valid ID) $15

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Please join us for our June presentation:
Living Infrastructure

The US Green Building Council NY Upstate Chapter Hudson Valley Branch is pleased to present an overview of Living Infrastructure practices.  Living infrastructure is a relatively new concept in urban design but one that has ancient foundations.  Who has not heard of the ziggurat temple Hanging Gardens of Babylon centuries before the Common Era (BCE)?  Or seen a photo of an ivy-covered castle that has been in place for centuries in Europe?  Even images of sod-covered homes in the Nordic countries are familiar to many.  This presentation will provide an introduction to how these concepts are being translated into modern building practices while providing benefits that the earlier practitioners also enjoyed – buffering from the elements, aesthetic pleasure, and stormwater management, among others.   Living roofs, green facades, living walls and urban agriculture will be discussed.  Local and regional examples will be cited.  Relevance to the Hudson Valley environment will be examined.  And fascinating future directions will be presented as the finale.

Wednesday, June 20th, 6-8 PM
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
199 Main Street, Beacon
(Click here for Directions)

Register via the link to the left.  You will need to log-in with your email address and create a profile if you have not already done so.  You must use the email address associated with your Chapter membership account in order to receive the member's rate for registration.  Advance registration fees: $10 for Chapter members and $15 for the general public.  At the door: $15 for members and $20 for the public.  Non-member students can pay $15 at the door with a valid school ID.

bout The Presenters

Gail Beverly, CSBA, LEED GA, GRP
Gail Beverly is a consultant specializing in sustainable building and green infrastructure.   Through her firm,  Fiddlehead Crosier Advisors, Ms. Beverly can provide project management, program development and sustainable program design services to business and municipal clientele. Ms. Beverly has performed LEED consulting on commercial residential and retail projects.  Most recently, she contributed project management and water systems design services to an architectural design team for a Living Building Challenge 2.0 home prototype competition.  The team’s design was in the top 3 of 104 entries from 24 countries.   Ms. Beverly has an inordinate fondness for green roof architecture and wishes that it would become much more widely adopted throughout the Hudson Valley.  

Ms. Beverly holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources.   She also holds certifications as a Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA), a LEED Green Associate (LEED GA), and a Green Roofs Professional (GRP).    Ms. Beverly also brings extensive corporate business experience to her consulting work.  She is a member of several leadership committees with the Hudson Valley Branch of the New York Upstate USGBC and is responsible for USGBC programming in Dutchess and Putnam counties.

Barbara Z. Restaino, RLA, LEED AP BD+C
Restaino Design LA, PC, Grahamsville, NY

Ms. Restaino is a licensed Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who practices in the Catskill Mountain and Hudson Valley Region of New York where she established her landscape architecture firm Restaino Design in 1992.  A graduate  of Pratt Institute where she studied sculpture, she went on to Cornell University for her MLA. Ms. Restaino combines her art background and extensive landscape architecture experience with a committment to environmental concerns.  As a member of the Upstate NY US Green Building Council and the American Society of Landscape Architects, she seeks to promote teamwork to institute 'green' alternatives and creative approaches to regenerate the landscape. Her primary interests lie in the use of native plants in a variety of settings from residential to restorations as well as attractive solutions for stormwater management and site design. Chestnut Creek, one of her firm's streamside restoration projects is featured as a case study on the Sustainable Sites Initiative website, a national effort to promote sustainable site design.

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