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Store infrastructure problems in transportation, health and welfare, economic growth and storm water management, especially in urban environments. We can call a dual purpose infrastructure sobbing infrastructure goal. Like improve mobility, but adding a human scale benefit as well. So for today. I want to argue for one thing we need to provide incentives and flexibility when we build our infrastructure to make it green and public useful. When possible. So provide a lot of flexibility to mayors two states, whatever to think about these solutions that can help an infrastructure problem. But at the same time make their cities more with higher quality of life and more green. So I remember someone telling me this use ago, and it's more of a political statement that our generation is a generation of users that the generations before us where the generations to build harm violent. We're using an environment that infrastructure, and we're not replacing it. There has been a huge shift over the past fifty years from suburbia to urban and with that shift. I think is also a change in the way cities have to function more than eighty percent of the American population lives in urban and metropolitan areas. And as these cities are densify, mayors and planners and civic leaders are beginning to look at to help them address are pressing urban infrastructure challenges power water transportation waste, I really those systems that allow us to live together. Well in cities. Green infrastructure is using natural systems instead of the concrete and steel to provide as many of those services we can. This is a re air C span radio programming from Tuesday. I've I've been appointed to be a co chair of the US chamber of commerce's business cast sports on water policy under the direction of Chuck Jesuits. Today, I'll focus on some examples of how parse can handle storm water issues? The idea is how we can we manage stormwater using green infrastructure creating a multi use facility. A park that public Greenspace during most of the year, but underneath it infrastructure, which would handle stormwater. So along the Atlanta beltline, there's the Atlanta there's the Ed Lanta storm water park fourth ward park. The original design was the Bill a major concrete tank under sixteen municipal parking lot. Doled storm water. That would have cost forty million. Instead the city chose to build a park that cost twenty four million. It's a sunk in part because you can see and stay save sixteen million dollars in these construction. But it spurred development and it spurred development around this new park of five hundred million dollars. Nashville is another example, it's had major flooding along the Cumberland river the area has also been a blight for the city. The people of Nashville thought how can we address both issues? They chose green infrastructure a waterfront Kark to help make the city more resilient lot of protected land. So that when the river overflows, it's not really hurting anything. They chose. Green infrastructure waterfront park to help them make the city more resilient generating geothermal energy underneath the park with a four hundred thousand gallon water harvesting tank. It is a major outdoor performance venue for the city and the come on river is now a major focus of new development. Connecting downtown. But that's connecting downtown to the titan stadium. Houston is the bayou city city was built along the us.