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Green Infrastructure Strategies for Staunton, Virginia

The University of Virginia, School of Architecture, fall semester, 2009 “Green Lands” students and instructor Ms. Karen Firehock worked closely with the City of Staunton to assess Staunton's Green Infrastructure.  The class completed recommendations for how the City might enhance, restore, and better manage our green resources, compiling their recommendations in a detailed document titled: Green Infrastructure Strategies for Staunton. Va.  The Green Lands students utilized Staunton’s Comprehensive Plan to create effective strategies for implementation of plan goals related to conserving open space and creating livable communities.  The potential for class work to contribute to City green infrastructure policy through additions to the City’s GIS archives, green systems analysis, and policy recommendations is significant. 

The class worked closely with a steering committee comprised of both City staff and experts from the community.  The committee served as a resource for the students, answering questions as needed, accompanying the class on their field trips, and providing feedback as the students developed their recommendations. 

Sponsored by the Urban and Community Forestry Program of the USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry, the class included landscape architecture, environmental planning, urban planning, and architecture students from the graduate and undergraduate programs from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture.  “Green Lands” instructor, Ms. Karen Firehock, has a B.S. in Natural Resources management, M.P. in Urban Planning, doctoral candidate in environmental policy, and over twenty years of experience in environmental planning.  Ms. Firehock is the author of many planning guides and is the director of the Green Infrastructure Center.

“Green Lands” Fall 2009: Ms. Karen Firehock, Instructor; Kate Brady, Callie Broaddus, Ashley Catlett, Daniel Narin, Tim Padalino, Jessica Ray, Catherine Redfearn, Dana Smith, S. Katherine V. P. Wolfe”

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