Sustainability Leaders visit New Bedford to Explore IoT Enabled Resilience in Water Management

ImpactLABS and the Green Infrastructure Foundation partnered to bring together leading thinkers and practitioners in all the key disciplines related to resilience in water management. The two-day event included an ImpactLABS Field Day, and a Green Infrastructure Foundation Charrette Day.

Experiencing IoT in the Field: Impact LABS Field Day
Participants boarded a coach bus and saw first hand how an intentional approach to IoT can enhance the operational, financial, and social impact of small to mid-sized businesses. The tour visited a number of ImpactLABS-funded pilot sites and joint ImpactLABS-market-funded commercial program sites, including:

  • Sylvan Nursery: example of a resilient horticulture business
  • MA Audubon Society: Allen’s Pond Field Station & Stone Barn
  • Trustees of Reservations: Haskell Farm and Gardens
  • Sid Wainer & Son: North End Greenhouse Operation
  • City of New Bedford: Payne Cutlery Urban Infill Redevelopment Site

Bringing it all together: Green Infrastructure Foundation Charette Day
Participants dove into teams and developed detailed concepts and plans on how each of three unique commercial sites could enhance their water security, infrastructure resilience, operational stability, financial performance, and social impact with a series of design approaches that synthesized a number of green infrastructure tools, methods and models with IoT-enabled monitoring and control solutions.

The output of the event will be a series of conceptual plan options that the owners and operators of the target sites can explore as part of their upcoming investment and operating plan meetings.

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