The Hixon Center will pursue two key focal areas in the 2010-11 academic year: (1) urban vegetation and (2) stormwater runoff. These two proposed topics are judged to have global importance in urban systems, and have a critical mass of faculty expertise and interest at F&ES. Both topics fit within much larger themes of green infrastructure and ultimately to cities and climate change.
Urban vegetation includes topics related to biodiversity, invasive species, tree planting, microclimate, habitat, and community forestry, among others. Interested faculty includes Mark Ashton, Amity Doolittle, Mark Bradford, Alex Felson, Karen Seto, and Ann Camp.
Stormwater runoff covers all aspects of the hydrologic cycle as it relates to cities. Most importantly this involves a switch from treating stormwater as a waste material to a valuable resource. Relevant faculty include Gaboury Benoit, Peter Raymond, Bradford Gentry, Shimon Anisfeld, Jim Saiers, Jim McBroom, Alex Felson and Kealoha Freidenburg.