2020 Annual WASLA Conference

Seattle Airport Marriott, March 27, 2020

Capturing the Green


Planning for public parks requires significant public engagement, political endorsement and funding support. The requirements for stormwater and climate resilience provide new opportunities for park providers to serve a role on providing green infrastructure for clean water, flood management and natural habitat. This presentation will offer stories of non-profit conservation organizations, local governments and park and rec agencies working across their disciplines to implement green infrastructure techniques and systems from seemingly different goals. By the end of the discussion, participants should understand the different meanings of green infrastructure to enhance their agency's methodology for green infrastructure planning and stormwater BMPs.

Speaker Bios:

Jean K. Akers, Senior Associate, Conservation Technix

Jean Akers often works across multiple scales in design and comprehensive planning with professional experiences that range from small-scale garden design to regional land planning approaches for land conservation, public parks and trails. As a certified (AICP) planner with the American Planning Association and registered professional landscape architect, her work has involved master planning and design projects that include state, regional and local parks, community walkability and trail systems, landscape design, urban forestry management, and green infrastructure planning. Jean has had considerable experience in municipal planning activities as both private consultant and public planner and taught municipal planning as an instructor for PMPEI (Pennsylvania Municipal Planner's Educational Institute). Through years of teaching graduate students, she mentored improved competency in land conservation planning and ecological site design. As an active volunteer and pro bono planner, Ms. Akers is vice chair of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, serves on her local township Parks Board and leads the Open Space Committee. In the past, she spent many years working on Washington Trails Association volunteer trail crews.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the synergistic approaches to multi-stakeholder/leadership engagement for expanding your park system and its role as an integral part of your community's green infrastructure.
  • Recognize the role of land and water trails & their greenway corridors in promoting the value of green infrastructure through their conservation, recreation and economic values.
  • Discover new opportunities for practicing green infrastructure in a variety of political and economic environments and how to take advantage of your park system's position in the community.