Net Blue - Achieving Water Neutral Community Growth

Friday, July 8, 2016 7:30-9:00 am | All Saints' Episcopal Church

Many metropolitan areas in the United States are growing at extraordinary rates, and much of this growth is concentrated in areas where water supplies and healthy rivers are already strained. As urban regions seek to absorb thousands and even millions more people in the coming years, innovative approaches to urban planning and building approaches that consider and address multiple challenges – from carbon emissions to storm water runoff are needed.

Net Blue seeks to create a new paradigm for land use planning and development that prioritizes sustainable growth and protects vital resources through water-neutral growth programs. Net Blue promotes the concept of a community permitting new land development and growth by requiring a "neutral" impact of that development on the total community water use. The most common scenario where this has been applied entails issuing building permits for development that requires offset of new water use through water efficiency retrofits of other facilities to achieve a water-neutral impact. This has been successful in helping several communities expand in water scarce areas, but is not yet a widely implemented practice.

Net Blue is a collaborative initiative of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network – come hear from Katherine Baer with River Network and Kathy Nguyen with Cobb County Water about this work to develop a Net Blue model ordinance toolkit that can be tailored for different communities. Your input and feedback on this concept is needed to help strengthen the final products that will be available in 2017.


Katherine Baer, Director of Science and Policy, River Network

Kathy Nguyen, Senior Project Manager, Cobb County Water System


Location & Parking:

All Saints' Episcopal Church
634 West Peachtree Street
Across from the North Avenue MARTA station at the corner of W. Peachtree and North Avenue

**Taking MARTA is encouraged. Some parking is available in the All Saints' parking deck. Enter at lower level of Spring Street.**

IMPORTANT Parking Information: Please fill lower garage deck first, then upper deck, then West Peachtree lot last. If you continue your visit after the event, you must move your vehicle from the parking deck. Thank you for helping us adhere to facility policies.


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