The Network for Engineering with Nature (N-EWN) invites you to join us for The N-EWN Knowledge Series: A Continuing Education Series about Engineering with Nature. The next webinar will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 12:30 EST and be given by Charles Van Rees (UGA).
Infrastructure and biodiversity lie at the heart of the 21st century’s sustainability challenges. On one hand, growing populations and changing climatic conditions necessitate resilient and updated infrastructure, while on the other, drastic action is needed to halt accelerating biodiversity loss. The disciplinary maturation of biodiversity conservation and civil engineering has brought these two fields into confluence, where the former increasingly includes societal goals, and the latter embraces the beneficial services of natural ecosystems. We are now poised for a paradigm shift to create a true synergy between civil engineering and biodiversity conservation capable of addressing coming challenges. We view natural infrastructure as the key to this new paradigm, and the Network for Engineering with Nature aims to conduct the critical research needed to design and build natural infrastructure that achieves “win-win” outcomes for both infrastructure and biodiversity. Massive, planned infrastructure spending at the global scale and growing needs to renew and replace old infrastructure in industrialized countries or build new infrastructure in industrializing nations present an opportunity for such a fundamental pivot. This webinar will review ongoing research in the biodiversity working group of the Network for Engineering with Nature, which outlines a vision for such a shift and articulates the case for its necessity and practicality.
To register, please visit https://bit.ly/3gR9ADL
Continuing Education Credit (1-hr) will be available to all attendees who join live. A recording of the webinar will also be made available online at https://ewn.erdc.dren.mil/?page_id=112 following the presentation.