Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC
Cost-Effective Stormwater Infrastructure
that meets your permit requirements and makes healthier communities
The Parking Forest Best Management Practice at Portland Community College increases urban canopy in an existing parking lot without losing precious parking spaces. Infiltration occurs across a subsurface trench 3 times wider than the 4 feet visible at the surface, making this an effective runoff reduction technique in slow draining clay soils. As the trees grow, interception and evaporation will play an ever-increasing role in runoff reduction. During the remodeling of the historic Ford Building in Coos Bay, OR , the developer chose to remove parking spaces to make room for outdoor seating (background) and a functional landscape that manages runoff in a rain garden (foreground). Photo courtesy of GG LDS client, Sol Coast. Buchannan Cellars in McMinnville, OR employed pervious concrete for pavement areas and rainwater harvesting, swales, and a rain garden to manage roof runoff. Photo courtesy of GG LDS client, Margaret Buchannan.
Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC is a consulting firm that provides technical assistance and training on stormwater management to jurisdictions and private development teams throughout the west coast and Hawaii. Armed with the latest science and deep experience implementing best management practices, Green Girl LDS creates healthier communities using low impact development (aka green infrastructure) to improve water quality from existing, redeveloped, and newly developing sites in towns and cities.
Whether you are building a real world project or want to educate others, Green Girl LDS can help you and your stakeholders.
Reduce up-front construction and/or long-term maintenance costs
Simplify the permit process at the site scale (i.e. grading permit, UICs) and jurisdictional scale (i.e. NPDES MS4 permittees, TMDL regulations)
Devise creative solutions for your water-related problems (from site drainage and water quality treatment facilities to regional flooding and drought)
Collaborate across disciplines
Build the technical knowledge and confidence of a variety of stakeholders with enlightening active trainings, outreach materials, and on-the-job trainings that demystify low impact development implementation.
Incorporate the triple bottom line by cost effectively investing in people empowered to make positive steps forward on your project in your community
Green Girl LDS is a certified Oregon Women Business Enterprise.
Timely Tidbits
Site Visit to Oahu, HI. Last week, I was in Oahu, HI working on a new project in Kailua and visiting a few of the projects that were completed this year. They look great and are working great, too. Rain gardens in Hawaii definitely don't have a problem with plant establishment or dense coverage!
The rain garden at Waikiki Aquarium implemented by my client Hui O' Ko'olaupoko with a mix of contractors and volunteers
Three rain gardens at Windward Community College, also implemented by Hui o' Ko'olaupoko, were supplemented with extra native plantings to reduce maintenance from the pre-existing lawn.
Mission Statement
To reduce the impact of land development by assisting teams and communities in the application of sustainable site planning, design, construction, and maintenance principles that results in improved water quality for everyone.
Green Girl LDS is dedicated to building community and addressing equity and is a proud member of the Oregon Association for Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), an all-inclusive non-profit "to promote minority entrepreneurship and economic development in the State of Oregon".
Core Values

Conventional land design and construction practices typically destroy biodiversity; contaminate the air, water, and land; and increase greenhouse gas emissions directly on-site to impact off-site resources even further.

We cannot go for a few weeks without food, a few days without water, or a few minutes without air - these are the basis of survival and represent basic rights for all. Clean land, water, and air need not be sacrificed for the creation of shelter and convenience.

Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC provides information for educational and outreach purposes only, to enhance the sustainability of sites. Unless adopted by the appropriate registered professional under contract, information provided is not for construction.
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Updated 31 Oct 2014