Urban environments, with their tight spaces and multitude of impervious surfaces, are often missing natural features. Green infrastructure seeks to fill this absence by combining plants, soil, and natural processes to manage stormwater runoff, reduce soil erosion, improve air quality, provide wildlife habitat, and improve visual aesthetics. This tour features sites that incorporate green infrastructure landscape design principles and practices.
Tour stops include:
The 37th Avenue Greenway
An urban residential street converted into a pedestrian greenway, combining green infrastructure practices including tree plantings, rainwater gardens, and significant underground storage of runoff to reduce downstream flooding in Minneapolis.
A dense residential neighborhood development in the heart of Minneapolis, featuring green infrastructure practices that beautify the neighborhood, bring attention to the planting designs, and treat hundreds of acres of runoff from a surrounding commercial area.
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) Headquarters
A new office building on the Mississippi River that incorporates green infrastructure design principles and practices throughout the site, including raingardens, porous pavers, and artist features that provide demonstration and education opportunities for MWMO visitors.
Central Corridor Light Rail Project (The Green Line)
Connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, this project incorporates five miles of green infrastructure practices along a major transportation route, including Swedish tree trenches, raingardens, and stormwater planters.
MCAD Rooftop Bog
A truly innovative application of a green roof! A rooftop bog demonstrates the use of plants and the importance of water while recreating a wetland community on top of the entrance to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Tour Lead Bios
Leslie Yetka is the Horticulture Education Manager and an Extension Educator with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where she focuses on developing education programs in horticulture, green infrastructure and sustainable landscape practices for multiple audiences. Leslie has over twenty years of experience working in the upland habitat and water resource management field and with diverse audiences, including private landowners, businesses, non-profit groups, professional staff, municipalities, and community groups engaged in sustainable landscape practices and green infrastructure. Leslie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Macalester College, and a Master’s Degree in Horticulture and Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota.
Fred Rozumalski is a registered landscape architect experienced in ecology, sustainability, and urban design. He leads the Green Infrastructure design group at Barr Engineering Company in Minneapolis, and has been adjunct faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of MN. His projects are designed to work to bring nature into urban settings to create economically viable, low-maintenance landscapes that support plants and treats stormwater, while also meeting the needs of people. His work currently focuses on sustainable design that addresses adaptation to climate change.
This session has been approved for 4 LACES Credit Hours