Save our Springs and Rivers Education Series

Low-Impact Development Workshops

Welcome to the Save Our Springs and Rivers Education Series.  Join our local experts as they discuss the challenges and benefits of instituting low impact development strategies into our structures and community design.

All workshops were held at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, Florida 32725

Low Impact Development    

Low Impact Development is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible.  LID employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, and minimizing impervious paved surfaces to create functional and appealing site drainage that treats stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.

View the presentations given on August 1, 2018:

How Should We Grow? A History of Smart Growth and Sustainable Water Use Programs in Volusia County
Katrina Locke, Sustainability and Natural Resources Director, Volusia County Environmental Management; and Florida Green Building Coalition Board Member

Introduction to Low Impact Development
Fred Milch, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

LID in Comprehensive Planning
Clay Ervin, Director of Volusia County Growth and Resource Management

Green Infrastructure                                     

Green Infrastructure, a low impact development strategy, incorporates nature into built environments to prevent flooding, remove pollution from stormwater on site, and benefit people and wildlife.  Polluted stormwater is a threat to rivers, the drinking water aquifer and springs. Join local experts as they discuss this topic and share examples of projects that can be used in our community.

View the presentations given on September 20, 2018:

LID Ideas in the Built Environment
Joe Sewards, UF/IFAS Urban/Residential Horticulture Agent, Master Gardener Coordinator

Deltona Regional Library Complex and Deltona Amphitheater
Sandy Falcon, Manager Volusia County Lyonia Environmental Center

Green Infrastructure in Volusia County:  Discussion of Barriers and Opportunities
Dr. Jason Evans, Stetson University, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Co-Editor-in-Chief Journal of Environmental Management

Green Building                                            

Green, or sustainable buildings reduce the impact we have on our natural environment. Whether building or retrofitting a home or commercial property, green buildings conserve water and energy, reduce waste, and use building materials that are healthier for the occupants. The return on investing in green building includes reducing your operation, utilities and maintenance costs.

View the presentations given on November 14, 2018:

Florida Green Building Coalition:  Promoting a State of Sustainability
C. J. Davila, Executive Director, Florida Green Building Coalition

Affordable Housing, Durability and Disaster Mitigation, Low Impact Development and Resiliency
Ralph Locke, President, Environmental Construction and Consulting, Inc., and Katrina Locke, Sustainability and Natural Resources Director, Volusia County Environmental Management Division

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Katrina Locke
Sustainability and Natural Resources Director

Danielle Ramsey
Sustainability and Volunteer Coordinator