URS Green Solutions Engineer Tapped for New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

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David Dods, URS environmental engineer; Jim Schuessler, BNIM landscape architect; Brenda L. Thomas, Marlborough Community Coalition leader; and Councilmember Cindy Circo will share strategies for using green infrastructure to grow prosperous communities during a workshop at the 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.

David Dods, URS environmental engineer; Jim Schuessler, BNIM landscape architect; Brenda L. Thomas, Marlborough Community Coalition leader; and Councilmember Cindy Circo will share strategies for using green infrastructure to grow prosperous communities during a workshop at the 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.

The “Green Infrastructure as Convergence of Political Leadership, Architecture and Engineering” session will take a closer look at how to combine architecture, ecology, engineering and neighborhood renewal in an effort to improve stormwater management. It will take place Friday, Feb. 8, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Convention Center.

The URS Green Solutions team recently completed work with Kansas City Water Services Department on the country’s largest green infrastructure pilot project to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). While addressing CSOs, the project also provides supplemental benefits to the community, such as “green streets” that incorporate rain gardens; porous sidewalks and aesthetic improvements; and cleaner water and air.

The 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference unites leaders from multiple disciplines to work toward a goal of building safe, healthy and successful communities. The three-day conference, Feb. 7-9, will include more than 90 educational sessions and close to 400 speakers on topics ranging from housing to transportation to sustainability.

About URS Green Solutions, Kansas City
URS Green Solutions, Kansas City, a leader in stormwater management solutions, is the sustainable design group within URS’s Overland Park, Kan., office, and recently completed the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project in Kansas City.

About URS Corporation
URS Corporation is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The company offers a full range of program management; planning, design and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance; construction and construction management; operations and maintenance; information technology; and decommissioning and closure services. URS Corporation provides services for power, infrastructure, industrial, oil and gas, and federal projects and programs. Headquartered in San Francisco, URS Corporation has approximately 56,000 employees in a network of offices in nearly 50 countries (http://www.urs.com).

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