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Student Lecture Series: Nette Compton

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN NYC: LESSONS LEARNED FROM BUILDING IN THE PUBLIC REALM

Nette Compton, Director of Green Infrastructure for the City of New York Parks Department, is a landscape architect who has served as project manager for the High Performance Landscape Guidelines and now works on implementing them throughout the city in partnership with DEP and their Green Infrastructure Plan. She is involved with several sustainability initiatives within the Parks Department, other agencies and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

Greenstreets is the most extensive urban beautification initiative in New York City since the start of citywide neighborhood street tree planting in the early twentieth century. Under the Greenstreets program, Parks has converted thousands of unused concrete and striped islands formed by the city's intersecting streets into leafy, ‘pint-sized' parks. These triangles, medians, and curbside bump-outs not only beautify the urban landscape, but also calm busy traffic, increase pedestrian safety, and capture stormwater for irrigation. First launched in 1996, Greenstreets has been completely reinvigorated by Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC through the first-ever dedicated program funding.