Urban Stormwater Runoff 101

In our project work, we often find ourselves helping to educate policymakers and code officers about why urban stormwater runoff is such a critical issue for sustainability. Particularly here in the Puget Sound region, what we build and how we build it has profound impacts on our overall sustainability. Well, Kaid Benfield may have just saved us a bit of time (and our clients a bit of money). Over at his blog he highlights a short movie that his colleagues at NRDC produced regarding stormwater runoff. It is well worth your three minutes.

Dr. Richard Jackson: "Transportation Policy is Health Policy"

The NRDC's blogger-in-chief, Kaid Benfield highlighted this very interesting video from Richard Jackson, who is the chair of Public Health a UCLA and one of the leading thinkers and researchers about the connections between land use, transportation and public health. If you ever get the opportunity to hear him speak, avail yourself of that opportunity. He's an inspiration and a national treasure. Here's a teaser for the PBS special he is hosting: