Join in as we delve into the role sustainability has in the built environment. Gray to Green Infrastructure: Applying sustainability to infrastructure – – the practice of incorporating natural resources such as vegetation in the capture/reduction of stormwater runoff into design and construction projects in place of traditional hard infrastructure such as pipes and concrete channels to collect and convey the stormwater. This sustainable approach to design reduces waste, saves money, and promotes better environmental quality.
A bit about our guest speaker: Natalie Chaney, PE, ENV SP
A University of Texas civil engineering graduate and Envision Sustainability Professional, Chaney promotes sustainable ideas for project designs and develops programs that enable RPS to practice what it preaches.
Many of Chaney’s projects feature low impact design elements, like the Conrad Sauer Detention Basin, which converted a concrete bottom drainage feature into a community amenity with walkways for recreation and a bridge for vehicular and pedestrian access. She has managed and designed numerous bike trails to provide alternative transportation options and contributed to the design of the award-winning North Houston Skate Park and Dylan Park, which feature bioswales, gray-water irrigation, solar lighting, vegetated erosion controls and pervious walkway materials.
In addition to managing a team of engineers and designers in the office, she is also involved in several professional organizations to expand and share her knowledge base. This has included working with younger members and students through the American Society of Civil Engineering and serving in a variety of ASCE leadership roles.
She serves on the design standards/plan review committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies Houston Chapter. She has also presented to county personnel on the Envision program and participated in the development of the 2020 Houston Climate Action Plan and 2019 Incentives for Green Development plan.
Natalie Chaney, PE, ENV SP
Municipal Services & Sustainability Team Lead
RPS | North America