Arid LID 2012: Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid Environments
AridLID is an annual conference on green infrastructure and low impact development in arid regions–terms that describe the practice of using natural systems (plants, soils, water, etc.) to provide services like cleaning air and water, providing wildlife habitat, and calming traffic. The event features dynamic presentations and engaging breakout sessions on topics like urban greening, sustainable storm- and rainwater management, urban planning, landscape architecture, and water policy.
For the past two years, the AridLID Workshops held in Albuquerque, New Mexico have built a growing discussion and exposition of Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID) practices that are appropriate to the unique climates of the southwestern U.S. In 2012, we are holding the conference in Tucson, Arizona, with the twin goals of sharing best practices and building professional networks across a wider swath of the region, and of developing a clearer Southwestern vision and voice in the growing national discussion on GI/LID.
The theme of AridLID 2012 is Integrated Approaches to Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development. Green Infrastructure projects function best and are most cost-effective when they provide multiple benefits—like a streetside bioretention basin that captures and cleans stormwater while it passively irrigates vegetation that shades the street and sidewalk, beautifies a neighborhood, and calms traffic. Likewise, effective green infrastructure practice often requires that people of various disciplines and perspectives work together—think landscape architects, engineers, and stormwater managers working together with a watershed group, a neighborhood association, and a University laboratory to achieve shared goals! This conference will explore the potentials, best practices and pitfalls inherent in GI at various levels of integration in our region.