Dr Todd Bridges talks about Engineering With Nature practices

The summer issue of Terra et Aqua magazine features an interesting interview with Dr Todd Bridges, National Lead of the Engineering With Nature initiative.

Dr Todd Bridges is the U.S. Army’s Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science. He leads research and applications for the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the areas of sustainable infrastructure and environmental management.

Todd is the National Lead for the USACE Engineering With Nature initiative, which includes a network of research projects, field-scale projects and communication activities to promote sustainable, resilient systems.

He led the focus on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) within USACE’s North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study from 2013–2015 following Hurricane Sandy and currently leads an international collaboration to develop guidelines on the use of NNBF for coastal and fluvial systems.

Todd is also the Programme Manager for the Dredging Operations Environmental Research programme, one of the Corps’ largest civil works R&D programmes, where he directs the execution of more than $6 million in research annually.

He has chaired international working groups and guidance development for the United Nations’ International Maritime Organisation and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Environmental Commission.

From an early fascination in oceanography, nature has played a defining role in the career of Dr Todd Bridges.

With a decade’s investment in the Engineering With Nature® initiative, he has seen that sustainability and engineering can go hand-in-hand providing economic, environmental and social benefits.

His focus now is to build on that foundation – to encourage and facilitate collaboration across sectors, public and private, to advance and accelerate Engineering With Nature practice.

To read the whole interview with Dr Todd Bridges, please visit the Terra et Aqua webpage.

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