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06/04/2024: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Sponge Cities - Designed to Flood - Encore Presentation, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 11am-1pm Eastern

06/04/2024: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Sponge Cities - Designed to Flood - Encore Presentation, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 11am-1pm Eastern

2 hrs. Webinar

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-W060424

SME: Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

This is a live, repeat presentation of a webinar that was originally offered on 02/28/2023, 07/25/2023, and 12/12/2023. Attendees of the previously offered presentation RV-W022823, RV-W072523 and RV-W23233, will not receive CEU for attending the 06/04/2024 presentation.
This two-hour webinar introduces the urban design concept of a Sponge City, which was introduced as a pilot project in China but has quickly spread to many cities looking for resilient solutions to increased urban flooding. This type of city does not adhere to the conventional storm water management approach of using curb, gutter, and pipe storm water conveyance systems which is used by impermeable cities that treat flood water as a waste product. Instead, a Sponge City performs like a sponge and actually absorbs the rain water, which is then naturally filtered by the soil and allowed to infiltrate into urban aquifers. During this webinar, discussion will focus on the key issues the concept of Sponge City strives to solve, including: water availability in urban and peri-urban areas, water pollution issues, degradation of urban ecosystems, and the increase in frequency and intensity of urban flooding. This webinar will also draw on best practices and lessons learned from pilot projects around the world.
Note: This is a live webinar delivered via GoToWebinar. Session instructions will be emailed to you 24-48 hours prior to the webinar and the morning of the webinar. If you have not received your instructions for any reason please call Client Support (1-866-546-1212) the day of the event. Webinars are live and interactive. Students will have the ability to directly interact with and ask questions of the presenter.
Course Objectives
At the end of this webinar, you will be able to: 
  • Explore the key urban issues the concept of Sponge City strives to solve for the community welfare
  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities of planning, designing, constructing, and operating a Sponge City for the benefit of the community safety
  • Summarize the key elements needed in practice for a Sponge City
  • Through case studies, comprehend how Sponge Cities protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and improve one’s quality of life
Rumanda Young, Ph.D. Photo
Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.
Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).