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The Green Highways approach to infrastructure planning, design, and construction is a revolutionary approach to resource protection and environmental compliance. The approach is based on providing predictable pathways to streamline the delivery of transportation projects by the use of incentives and recognition for the use of innovate stormwater and environmental designs that are done in the context, or framework, of a watershed approach.

Integrating LID with green infrastructure provides an alternative to traditional gray infrastructure and a method that can be used to complement traditional water systems. This greener approach is a viable option for many communities struggling with the maintenance of aging systems. In addition, by providing multiple benefits, this approach offers the potential for municipalities to more cost effectively manage a number of environmental regulatory requirements. The eventual aim is develop integrated, green programs that are economically and environmentally sustainable by providing enhanced natural resource protection. 
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Highlighted Green Highways/Green Infrastructure Projects

Green Highways Initiative (GHI) for Sustainable Watershed Management
EPA –G-2006-STAR-H1
Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability
The goal of this project is to develop protocols for the assessment and management of watershed based resource protection through a collaborative effort of scientists and watershed organizations. This will be a collaborative effort between leading researchers on the stormwater impacts of highway activities and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).
Grant: EPA National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) 

Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Outreach and Training Program
This is a cooperative project with the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). The goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive outreach and training program that demonstrates the effectiveness of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) at meeting stormwater management water quality regulatory requirements and related resource protection issues. This effort will demonstrate the effectiveness and potential for using PICP as an LID tool to meet community environmental regulations and economic requirements. The end-products will provide the industry with tools and information to facilitate the PICP use in the design, construction and regulatory sectors. This will be supported by providing economic and environmental and design information in easily understood, readily adaptable and transferable formats. A series of fact sheets, training programs and web-based training are being developed for four audiences: Design professionals, Developers, Municipal Officials and Schools/Universities. Fact sheets are in review and the training module drafts are being developed.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Stormwater Flow Reduction and Demand Management
The LID Center is working with Seattle Public Utilities to develop a comprehensive manual assessing the practicability of green stormwater controls. The manual will evaluate nine urban control practices and consider the applicability of use for the Pacific Northwest climate, review water quality and quantity research results, and detail the practicality and functionality of each technique. The project will develop a selection matrix that assesses the appropriateness of each technique with regard to land use, watershed criteria, and pollutant load. Environmental benefits in addition to stormwater control will also be identified. The technical information developed by the Center will be used as an input into a triple bottom line economic assessment that is a component of the project. The project goal is to optimize the selection of green controls to maximize their environmental and cost effectiveness. 

Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue (NHB Ave) Revitalization Project
The LID Center is assisting the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation with creating and implementing a model “Green Street” for the District of Columbia that addresses environmental considerations such as low impact design, sustainable stormwater management, energy consumption, urban heat island effect, street tree health and coverage, and urban habitat. The project will enhance the Nannie Helen Burroughs Commercial District and Nannie Helen Burroughs, N.E. corridor from Minnesota Avenue to Eastern Avenue, N.E. by improving the appearance of the commercial neighborhood and improving pedestrian accessibility, mobility and overall safety for the community resident and roadway users. 

This project is funded by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The focus of this project is to prepare conceptual plans including architectural, landscaping and roadway considerations that will improve the appearance of the commercial neighborhood and improve pedestrian accessibility, mobility and overall safety for the community resident and roadway users. 

The NHB Ave project will be coordinated with the civil engineering design for the Nannie Helen Burroughs that is being done under separate contract by Rajan Mahima Associates, Inc. (RMA). The LID Center will develop the conceptual design for the LID elements as an integral part of the RMA main NHB project.  The goal of this task is to create the three concepts, metrics, and framework for the development. The LID Center will also provide the design of the selected Best Management Practices and assist RMA in the development of final construction plans and specifications. This project will be executed in two phases: Phase One (Project Development and Design); Phase Two (Construction, Outreach, Monitoring, and Project Reporting). 


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