Green Infrastructure Strategies for Creating Sustainable Landscapes: Bioswales/’Scoop and Dump’/ CU-Soil


Nina Lauren Bassuk; Professor and Program Leader, Urban Horticulture Institute; Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science; Cornell University

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 10:00am



In every urban area we constantly respond to construction and development in the landscape, whether it is a new building, road or parking lot. Through the process of construction, soils inevitably get trashed! Compaction crushes pores which prevents drainage and creates dense soils that cannot be accessed by plant roots. Stormwater runoff is a major concern in our increasingly disturbed and paved landscapes. This talk will discuss, three strategies for addressing stormwater runoff: modified and structural soils, porous pavement and the construction of bioswales including appropriate plants.

Speaker Bio

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Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 40 years. She on the Board of Directors of the New York State Urban Forestry Council and is co- author of “Trees in the Urban Landscape”, a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes. In addition, Dr. Bassuk has authored over 100 papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, including improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification including the development of “CU-Structural Soil” and improved transplanting technology. She works closely with municipalities to help implement best practices in urban forestry management.