The Sustainable City:
Roundtable on Science, Urban Ecosystem Services, and Green Infrastructure


Speaker Biographies


  • Introduction
  • Susan Wachter, University of Pennsylvania, Co-director, SILUS
    Dianna Hogan, U.S. Geological Survey, Co-director, SILUS

  • Science, Urban Ecosystem Services, and Green Infrastructure - Critical Directions
  • Carl Shapiro, Director, USGS Science and Decisions Center

  • Opening Keynotes
  • Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia
    Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey
    Shawn Garvin, Regional Administrator, EPA Mid-Atlantic Region

  • Green Infrastructure and Urban Sustainability
  • Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor, Environmental and Community Resources, City of Philadelphia
    Katherine Gajewski, Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

  • Lessons Learned from Leading Cities
  • George S. Hawkins, CEO & General Manager, DC Water and Sewer Authority
    Michelle Kunec-North, CEO & General Manager, DC Water and Sewer Authority (Presentation)
    Howard Neukrug, Program Coordinator, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland
    Tracy Tackett, Water Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
    Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, City and County of Denver (Presentation)
    Margot Walker, Director of Capital Planning and Partnerships, Office of Green Infrastructure, City of New York (Presentation)
    Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of the Environment, Washington DC (Presentation)

  • Luncheon Speaker
  • Sustainable Urbanization: How Cities Can Save (or Wreck) the Planet
    Introduction by Richard Weller, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
    Karen C. Seto, Associate Dean of Research, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Presentation)

  • Federal and Local Partnerships for Science
  • Bill Werkheiser, Associate Director for Water, USGS

  • Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecosystem Services: What Works?
  • Moderator: Dianna Hogan
    Aditi Bhaskar, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, USGS (Presentation)
    Dominique Lueckenhoff, Deputy Director, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 3 (Presentation)
    Julie Ulrich, Director of Urban Conservation,The Nature Conservancy (Presentation)

  • The Role of Incentives and Regulatory Mechanisms
  • Moderator: Susan Wachter
    Patrick Coady, Senior Director, Seale & Associates (Presentation)
    Todd Doley, Environmental Economist, EPA (Presentation)
    Mark Alan Hughes, Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
    Lisa Pelstring, DOI Lead, Urban Waters Federal Partnership, U.S. Department of Interior (Presentation)

  • Directions in Research and Practice Going Forward
  • Moderator: Carl Shapiro
    Pierre D. Glynn, Eastern Branch Chief, National Water Research Program, USGS
    David Hsu, Assistant Professor of Planning, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
    Margaret Walls, Research Director and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
    Katya Wowk, Senior Social Scientist, NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration