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Greener stormwater filters into city

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/08 @ 1:05pm

The Cleveland Clinic's new Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center will install a 'greener' landscape. The research lab's landscape plan, designed by Ivan Valentric of URS and approved by the city's design review committee on September 19, features two large rain gardens in its parking lot.

Rain gardens, which lessen the impact of stormwater on the sewer system, are part of the city's burgeoning green infrastructure and reflect a positive change in city policy.

"We changed building code earlier this year to allow for alternative stormwater management approaches including rain gardens, bioswales and permeable pavements without requiring a variance," says Andrew Watterson, director, Office of Sustainability for the city of Cleveland's Department of Utilities.

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