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Teaching Resilience: Green Infrastructure and Education
What happens when a watershed group, community decision makers, and schools come together to restore nature in their urban neighborhoods?

In 2015 CRWA partnered with Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Public Schools, and Horsley Witten Group to install Green Infrastructure (GI) at five BPS: Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers in Fenway, Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale, Rafael Hernandez School on Roxbury, Jackson Mann School in Brighton, and Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury. Curriculum was also created specifically for 5th and 7th grade science teachers to assist in incorporating GI into their curriculum to educate students. In this webinar, we will discuss the integration of GI and education and its benefits to the community.

CRWA uses GI, a nature based solution that uses vegetation, soil, and other materials to naturally manage stormwater runoff, as a means for creating healthier urban and suburban environments. GI has additional benefits such as increasing biodiversity, assisting with cooling, improvements to air quality, and beautification of neighborhoods.

Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nishaila Porter
Nishaila Porter supports CRWA by coordinating volunteer outreach events, managing advocacy opportunities, and assisting with various projects. Nishaila is currently assisting with green infrastructure mainly in urban areas and resilience planning projects. Nishaila holds a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University. Most of her undergraduate research focused on the investigation of Antarctic sediment where she specialized in the identification of epiphytic diatoms. She aspires to further her education and research experience in the near future. Nishaila enjoys playing volleyball, crossfit workouts, and traveling, in her spare time.​