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More Bang for the Buck: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects

Topic Overview

Integrating green infrastructure into “business as usual” in city, state and regional public works projects is one of the most efficient ways to achieve wide scale and cost effective green infrastructure implementation. This webcast will share lessons learned from municipal and county officials experienced in the art of coordinating green infrastructure improvements with scheduled street improvements, parks improvements and projects on public sites. Integrating green infrastructure into existing public works projects and Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs) can allow different government departments to identify the most impactful and cost effective opportunities for green practices.

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, City of Lancaster, PA

This presentation is intended to assist municipal, city and county governments with the development and implementation of a green infrastructure plan. Specifically, those communities that face multiple challenges including combined sewer overflows and limited available land to implement water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Lancaster’s experience has shown that green infrastructure can strengthen a city’s economy and improve health and quality of life for its residents by linking clean water solutions to community improvements. Cities can maximize the value of their investments to meet multiple overlapping environmental regulations, while achieving lower costs and higher benefits from their infrastructure investments. Communities can implement streetscape improvements, rebuild outdated city parks, and repair public parking lots within their green infrastructure program, allowing millions of gallons of runoff to be removed from combined sewer system while making significant capital improvements that would otherwise have been unfunded. For more information on the City of Lancaster’s Green Infrastructure Plan, visit the City's: Save it! website Exit EPA Disclaimer. EPA recently developed a report on the economic benefits of green infrastructure in Lancaster, PA (PDF) (20 pp, 1.2MB, About PDF).

Matthew Millea, Deputy County Executive for Physical Services, Onondaga County, NY

The Save the Rain Program is Onondaga County’s comprehensive stormwater management plan to reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries, largely by using green infrastructure. Under the leadership of County Executive Joanie Mahoney, the Save the Rain team is comprised of county employees, consultants, volunteers, and educators. To date, the County has advanced more than 175 distinct green infrastructure projects, on public and private property.  Onondaga County is a national model for the implementation of a balanced approach to stormwater management – a combination of smart gray investments with innovative green infrastructure solutions. For more information on the program, visit the Onondaga County’s Save the Rain webiste Exit EPA Disclaimer.


Charlotte Katzenmoyer, City of Lancaster, PA

Charlotte Katzenmoyer has served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Lancaster since May 2001. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Lehigh University with Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. As the Director of Public Works she has responsibility for the Bureaus of Engineering, Operations which includes Streets, Traffic and Parks, Public Facilities, Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste and Recycling and Stormwater Programs.  The Water and Wastewater Bureaus serve ten municipalities and 140,000 residents with an annual budget of $47 million and capital budget of $50 million. Ms. Katzenmoyer has published numerous papers and presented across the nation on the City’s innovative Green Infrastructure Plan.

Matthew J. Millea, Onondaga County, NY
Matthew J. Millea was appointed Deputy County Executive for Physical Services by Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney in June 2010.  As Deputy County Executive Mr. Millea oversees the operations of nine county departments and assists the County Executive with the development and implementation of the annual county budget. Matt has been charged by the County Executive to manage the County's "Save the Rain" effort, which is a multi-million dollar public works program using both grey and green infrastructure approaches to mitigate sewer overflows into Onondaga Lake.

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