Season 1: 10 Episodes
August 26 – October 28, 2020
Over the last 10 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working through an initiative called Engineering With Nature® that uses natural processes and systems to deliver a broad range of economic, environmental, and social benefits. EWN, as it is called, is developing and implementing nature-based solutions for water and infrastructure projects. EWN brings together a growing international community of practitioners, scientists, engineers, and researchers, from all kinds of disciplines to collaborate on how best to harness the power of nature to innovate, solve problems, and create sustainable solutions. This podcast tells their stories.
It's a show about innovation and collaboration. It is about combining natural and engineering systems. And it is about amazing results for infrastructure, the environment, and communities. People from different organizations, disciplines and perspectives will talk about how they are transforming traditional approaches to infrastructure development across the US and around the world by applying the principles and practices of EWN.
Host, Sarah Thorne of Decision Partners, has been working with her colleagues at the US Army Corps of Engineers on the EWN initiative for the past decade, and, through this podcast, will share stories of the people, their unique collaborations, and a broad range of projects that exemplify the principles and practices of EWN. We hope you'll listen to the show and be inspired!
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Episode 2 Available
Using Natural Forces and Sediment to Restore Coastal Marsh Habitat
Guest: Jeff Corbino, Chief, Environmental Function, Operations Division - Technical Support Branch, New Orleans District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Episode 3 Available
Using Natural Infrastructure to Increase Resilience for Military Installations
Guest: Brigadier General Patrice Melancon, Executive Director of the Program Management Office, Tyndall Air Force Base, US Air Force
Collaborating to Create Wildlife Habitat While Restoring Islands and Improving Community Resilience
Guest: Paula Whitfield, Research Ecologist, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Assessing the Value of Natural and Nature-Based Features in Coastal Storm and Flood Risk Reduction
Guest: Mike Beck, Ph.D., Research Professor and Head of the Coastal Resilience Lab, University of California at Santa Cruz
Incorporating EWN into Coastal Texas Resilience and Restoration
Guest: Edmond Russo, Ph.D., P.E., Deputy District Engineer for Planning, Programs and Project Management, Galveston District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Protecting Fragile Coasts and Improving Community Resilience
Guest: Monica Chasten, Project Manager, Operations Division, Philadelphia District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Collaborating with Industry to Promote Natural Infrastructure
Guests: Don McNeill, Director of Natural Infrastructure Initiative, Caterpillar, Inc. and Mike Donahue, Ph.D., Vice-President of Water Resources and Environmental Services, AECOM
Collaborating with Academia to Create EWN-Focused Scientists and Engineers
Guests: Brian Bledsoe, Ph.D., Director of University of Georgia's Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist (ST), Environmental Science, and National Lead, Engineering With Nature Initiative, US Army Corps of Engineers