In a presentation to the 2012 BioCycle West Coast Conference in Portland, Oregon, Senior Economist Ed MacMullan will address the ecosystem service benefits of prerequisites and credits issued by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), an interdisciplinary effort to create "voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices." Ed will address how SITES guidelines help promote water-based ecosystem services through stormwater credits, including: groundwater recharge, improved water quality, and riparian habitats.
The conference will be held at the Red Lion On The River in Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17th and 18th. Ed MacMullan will speak on Wednesday, April 18th in Track 1, Sustainable Landscapes, from 1:30-3:15 pm.
For more information, or to register for the conference, visit http://www.jgpress.com/westcoast/2012/index.html#.
Ed MacMullan is a nationally recognized expert on ecosystem services and the economics of low impact development. He currently serves on the Hydrology Subcommittee of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, where he helped develop the guidelines and performance benchmarks for the SITES rating system. In his project work and alongside other staff at ECONorthwest, Ed regularly helps regulators, decisionmakers, and stakeholders at the local, state and national level understand the economic aspects of stormwater management and green infrastructure.