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Janet Silbernagel Balster, founder of Silvernail Studio for Geodesign, LLC, will discuss her experiences working in strategic design planning. In particular, consulting in the wake of unprecedented flooding in the southern Wisconsin town of Black Earth to improve flood resiliency. The design integrated landscape ecology with geodesign to strategically locate green infrastructure features within the Black Earth Creek watershed. Yet in another Wis. town, her innovative and plan commission approved sustainable design for urban development was thwarted by economic turnover. Drawing on the tale of these two towns and others, Janet probes how natural events and circumstances challenge our ability to successfully design for sustainability and resilience.
Participants are invited to attend and consider sustainability and resilience issues facing Wisconsin communities and their essential natural and cultural systems.
The series is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and presented by the UWSP Department of Geography and Geology.