Landscape & Irrigation

October 2017

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18 October 2017 Landscape and Irrigation INDUSTRY RESEARCH Professor Elizabeth Fassman-Beck is a world-renowned expert in green roofs, and is building the ultimate green roof experiment at Stevens Institute of Technology, a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J., overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The experiment consists of 40 green roof systems, which will all be testing the effects of different growth medium simultaneously. The green roof system research is part of a greater initiative aimed at helping the City of Hoboken manage stormwater runoff and, ultimately, optimize system design for small spaces to help prevent flooding in a city prone to it, and improve runoff water quality. The following article about Fassman-Beck's work is provided by Stevens Institute of Technology: Stevens has its very first Living Laboratory — thanks to Elizabeth Fassman-Beck An associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering at Stevens, Fassman-Beck teaches engineering hydrology and stormwater management. She is also one of the world's leading experts on green roofs., and has co-authored a book entitled Living Roofs in Integrated Urban Water Systems* (published by Routledge). Her research at Stevens focuses on urban stormwater management. Her latest project, the Living Laboratory, is a research site located in the newly constructed North building. Studying hydrology and water quality performance in green infrastructure systems, the lab — dubbed the "Living Laboratory" by Fassman-Beck's students — hosts a rain garden, multiple bioretention planters and multiple green roof setups in order to create different forms of urban bioretention solutions. Bioretention is the process in which contaminants are removed from stormwater runoff. Bioretention is also really effective at reducing quantity, and both are big problems for many cities throughout the country and around the world. It's a particularly big problem for Hoboken, New Jersey, where Stevens is located. Green Roof Study at Stevens Institute of Technology Experiment examines bioretention and urban stormwater runoff solutions ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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