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April Evening Educational Program: Resilient Waterways, Watersheds & Their Cities

  • 12 Apr 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Evening Educational Program

Resilient Waterways, Watersheds & Their Cities

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We know that gray infrastructure solutions alone are no longer effective in addressing climate change, achieving resilience, or implementing regeneration. How are our cities and communities affected as climate change increases the Mississippi River Basin's average annual precipitation? What climate solutions are possible and in effect? How are Mayors developing resilience for their cities and towns?

Join us virtually on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 5:30 - 7:30 pm as our speakers address these questions. We will be hearing special remarks from Mayor Eastern of East St. Louis, Illinois and presentations from the Executive Director of Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, Colin Wellenkamp and Chair of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis, Derek Hoeferlin.


Hon. Robert Eastern, East St. Louis, IL

    The Honorable Robert Eastern III was elected Mayor of the Great City of East St. Louis in April 2019. East St. Louis has always been his home, he graduated from Lincoln Senior High School and continued the Eastern legacy of service in the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy he served in Desert Storm/ Desert Shield. He received a Honorary Doctorate degree in Humanitarianism from the National Volunteer Community Service of People of Choice Inc. and Congress of Churches in 2019. Eastern served as a member of the East St. Louis City Council for ten years and currently serves on the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. Mayor Eastern is also an Honorary Commander for Scott Airforce Base. 


    Derek Hoeferlin, Associate Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Washington University in St Louis - Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

      Derek Hoeferlin, AIA, affiliate ASLA, is principal of [dhd] derek hoeferlin design, an award-winning architecture, landscape, and urban design practice based in St. Louis. He teaches Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate- and graduate-level multidisciplinary approaches to architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urbanism. He collaboratively researches integrated water-based design strategies across the Mississippi, Mekong, and Rhine river basins through his design-research project Way Beyond Bigness: The Need for a Watershed Architecture

      Additionally, Hoeferlin has contributed core design roles in complex multidisciplinary projects in south Louisiana, including Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta Competition, the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, and the Unified New Orleans Plan for post-Hurricane Katrina recovery and rebuilding

      Hoeferlin lectures on his work internationally, and his designs, photography, teachings and writings have been published and exhibited across the globe. Hoeferlin holds BArch and MArch degrees from Tulane University and a post-professional MArch degree from Yale University, graduating both institutions with multiple honors.

      Colin Wellenkamp, j.d., LL.M., Executive Director, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

      Colin Wellenkamp's extensive career in the legal and policy fields has been focused on advocating and advancing public interests through improving local government functions and the activity of the business world. Wellenkamp is dedicated to assisting organizations and people transition to a sustainable way of life.

      Colin has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Saint Louis University, a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sustainable Development Law from George Washington University Law School. Wellenkamp's specialties include; alternative energy planning; government relations toward building sustainable projects and processes; smart growth; major project capitol partnership formation; and Federal/State/Local Government coordination and relations.

      A native of Missouri, Colin now lives in St. Charles, MO, with his wife and daughters.


      Derek Hoeferlin’s “Way Beyond Bigness” design-research project comparatively studies the Mekong, Mississippi and Rhine river basins, focused on multi-scaled, water-based infrastructural transformation and their various impacts on riverways, cities, and larger regions, particularly when coupled with the impacts of climate change. “Way Beyond Bigness” realigns watersheds and architecture across multiple scales, disciplines, narratives. Hoeferlin will frame the impacts on rivers and cities from a larger perspective at the scale of watersheds.

      Colin Wellenkamp in his role of Executive Director of an association of 101 U.S. Mayors along the Mississippi River, will outline the tremendous challenges facing America's Waterways. Additionally, Colin will detail what cities are doing at corridor scale to address the challenges described and achieve a new degree of climate resilience and mitigation for at least a generation. However, this is a new moment for the Mississippi Corridor - the Jobs Act coupled with new partnerships spearheaded by the Mayors have created a unique opportunity.


      • Understand the impact the Mekong, Mississippi and Rhine river basins have on surrounding cities and larger Midwest regions and discuss these impacts when coupled with the added effects of climate change.

      • Evaluate and determine what elements are necessary to achieve resilience across a landscape, especially in the context of flood resilience along the Mississippi River corridor.

      • Investigate how nature based infrastructure flooding solutions impact local watersheds, distinguishing the interaction these impacts have on local rivers and their cities.

      • Examine where policy gaps exist in order to more effectively address the impacts of climate at a larger scale. 


      Submitted for AIA CES credit approval

      Eligible for 1.5 GBCI CE self-reported hour


      Tuesday, April 12, 2022

      5:30 - 7:30 pm


      Virtual event via Zoom.

      Registrants will receive login details in the event confirmation email.

      Recording and presentation details will be emailed following the event. 


      FREE for USGBC-MGC Members

      FREE for Full-Time Students

      $10.00 for Non-Members


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      Evening Educational Programs are held 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month online until summer 2022 or at locations around the Gateway Region. Registration is required; all programs are FREE to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and full-time students; $10 for non-members. View previously recorded events here

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