Barton Kirk, PE
For more than two decades I have dedicated my academic and professional career to researching, planning, designing, building, monitoring, and communicating on green infrastructure (GI) in its various forms. From constructed wetlands for advanced on-site wastewater treatment and reuse to regional networks of interconnected stormwater conveyance and retention weaving GI through parks, neighborhoods, business districts, I have sought to understand fine scale function of soil and water ecology and civil infrastructure to the broad scale and long term systemic community costs and benefits of these systems.
Through this I have come to appreciate that successfully understanding, designing and delivering ecologically engineered systems for a given place and people often requires a broad spectrum of collaborators. It is in that interplay of designers, community members, contractors, scientists, artists, officials, politicians, and others that I have witnessed the true promise of green infrastructure most completely realized. For infrastructure to be resilient it must be regenerative and for it to be regenerative our work must truly create conditions conducive to life in the soil, the water, the community, and the economy together.