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WELCOME AND OPENING PLENARY: Jon W. Allan, Director, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Jon Allan became Director of the Office of the Great Lakes director in 2012, contributing his considerable experience in aquatic sciences and fisheries & wildlife to the offices mission to protect, restore, and sustain the Great Lakes watershed. With nearly three decades of experience in environmental and energy policy, he has professionally applied his understanding of ecological management in a variety of academic, corporate, and public occupations. Allans research on wetlands, stream ecology, and water policy has been published in journals in Canada and the U.S. Organizations and individuals rely on his expertise to lead environmental planning and policy projects in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
Prior to his service with the State of Michigan, Allan taught courses in biology, ecology and environmental impact assessment at his alma mater, Michigan State University, and with other institutions. He also has held a variety of executive management positions in the private sector and has worked in the not-for profit sector.
Allan advised during the Great Lakes Compact negotiations and co-chaired the States Water Resources Advisory Council tasked with formulating the state's implementation of the Great Lakes Compact. He has contributed his expertise in a range of roles with the State of Michigan, including those with Michigan's Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council, the Michigan Climate Action Council, and the Environmental Advisory Council for the Michigan DEQ.
Allan serves as Chair of the Great Lakes Commission and is a board member or an advisor to numerous other regional organizations including the International Joint Commissions Water Quality Board, the Great Lakes Executive Committee for the Water Quality Agreement, Great Ships Initiative and Michigan Sea Grant among others. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers.
WELCOME AND OPENING PLENARY: Palencia Mobley, P.E., Deputy Director/Chief Engineer, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Palencia Mobley, P.E. was appointed as the Deputy Director/Chief Engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department by Mayor Mike Duggan and approved by the Board of Water Commissioners in January 2016. In her role, she is responsible for the engineering, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation/replacement of the linear water and sewer infrastructure. In addition, Ms. Mobley is also responsible for implementation of the departments green infrastructure program as well which includes establishing a stormwater management office to meet NPDES and MS4 permit requirements. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Mobley led the operations negotiations on behalf of the City for establishment of the new Great Lakes
Water Authority (GLWA). The GLWA is a regional water authority which pays the DWSD $50 million per year for the next 40 years to lease and operate the water and wastewater treatment facilities which serve Southeastern Michigan. This lease payment will be the primary funding source for future infrastructure investments, allowing the department to go from a $25 million to $75-$100 million annual capital improvement investment.
Mobley is focused on improving customer service, developing a long-term capital improvement plan, and enhancing the development and training of DWSD staff. Mobley, an authority on water infrastructure and environmental engineering, has nearly twenty years of experience in planning, design and construction administration and management services for water and wastewater utilities across the country. She co-authored a proposal to the U.S. Department of Housing
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and Urban Development that resulted in an $8.9 million discretionary allocation for planning and resiliency for the City of Detroit. Mobley is passionate about green infrastructure for stormwater management and use of Detroits greatest asset, publicly owned land, to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Mobley is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Wayne State University with a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 2006, she became one of the youngest minority women to ever attain licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.
Silos to Bridges: Day 1 Panel Presentation How Detroit local government is building bridges across departments while advancing stormwater management: Palencia Mobley, Chief Engineer and Deputy Director, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will describe the DWSD's collaborations with the other units of local government to advance stormwater management at the same time as addressing challenges of property vacancy, including Housing and Revitalization, Planning, Public Works, and Public Health. By building bridges across traditionally siloed governmental functions, DWSD is working to contribute to the broader aims to advance the city of Detroit.
KEYNOTE: Adam Freed, Principal, Sustainability Practice, Bloomberg Associates Adam Freed has more than 15 years of experience working on local and global urban issues, with a focus on sustainability, resilience and economic development. At Bloomberg Associates, Freed works with clients to craft and implement sustainability strategies and actions that go well beyond the environment cutting costs, protecting health, increasing resilience, creating jobs and improving a citys image.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Freed was the Deputy Managing Director of The Nature Conservancys Global Water Program, where he worked to help cities have safe, sustainable, and reliable water supplies. From 2008-2012, he served as Deputy Director of the New York City Mayors Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, overseeing the implementation of
PlaNYC and related sustainability initiatives and developing the citys first climate resilience program. As part of PlaNYC, the City planted 750,000 trees, created more than 200 new community playgrounds, enacted the nations most aggressive green buildings legislation, achieved the cleanest air quality in over 50 years, announced the largest expansion of its recycling program in 25 years, launched a $2 billion green infrastructure program, and lowered its GHG emissions 19%.
In addition to his time with City government, Freed was an Assistant Comptroller in the Office of the New York State Comptroller, where he led the review of large-scale economic development projects and crafted corporate governance strategies for the States $150 billion retirement fund.
Freed is also a Lecturer at Columbia University, a member of the NYC Water Board, and on the Board of ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform to support community-led improvement projects. He received his master's in Urban Planning from New York University and was a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT.
GUEST SPEAKER: Andrew J. Reese, PE, LEED-AP, D-WRE, Vice President, Amec Foster Wheeler Andy Reese is a Vice President for Amec Foster Wheeler and has over 35 years of experience in a wide range of stormwater management and surface water assignments from research in hydraulics and hydrology and modeling to public awareness campaigns and stormwater utility implementation. His current focus is municipal stormwater management with special emphasis on Green Infrastructure and stormwater programs and funding.
Reese is a popular speaker and thought leader having spoken at over fifty conferences including keynoting the inaugural STORMCON and the first Water Environment Federation Stormwater Congress. He has taught many short courses on topics related to stormwater management including recent webinars on Voo Doo Hydrology, Stormwater Utility Development and Green Infrastructure Program Development. He has published over fifty articles and papers including the best-selling textbook Municipal Stormwater Management and has worked in all 50 states and several provinces and other countries.
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ABEE-TAULLI, PAMELA, Environmental Planner, Develop Services Department, City of Austin, Texas Pamela Abee-Taulli received her M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and earned a LEED Green Associate credential in 2012. She is currently working on revising the landscape code and developing a Green Streets policy, as part of the larger revision of the Austin Land Development Code. Abee-Taulli has focused on green infrastructure since 2011, when she began working in the Planning division of the Watershed Protection Department, City of Austin. Abee-Taulli gardens and volunteers with school gardening and greening programs. Her first career was as a professor of Japanese literature, in which she has a
doctorate from Princeton University. Challenges for Developing and Implementing Green Infrastructure Policy Coordination is a significant challenge for developing effective green infrastructure (GI) policy. GI is multi-functional: from treating stormwater to improving human and environmental health, from combating air pollution and heat-island-effect to beautifying the environment through landscaping. But GI not only has many purposes; its diverse benefits appeal to multiple municipal and community actors. This presentation identifies organizational, procedural, and structural challenges for implementing GI, and offers strategies for designing workable policies.
ADDIS, CARRIE, Green Growth Manager, Eastside Community Network Carrie Addis joined the Eastside Community Network team thi