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  Natural areas are an important part of the communities we live, work, and play in, and it’s my job to ensure that they are integrated sustainably.

Marissa Koop

Senior Associate

Calgary, Alberta

As an urban environmental planner, Marissa specializes in incorporating and restoring natural areas within the built environment. She has worked extensively with regulatory agencies, municipalities, and developers throughout Western Canada on new and progressive ways to successfully integrate native landscapes into sustainable urban developments. Marissa brings an understanding of current and future policy frameworks and initiatives, sustainability, and environmental conditions to her project work in order to achieve a balance between conservation of natural resources and project needs.  

In combination with her knowledge of the planning, design, and approvals processes, she is able to provide analytical assessment tools and strategic input to her clients for a wide variety of applications including naturalized urban parks, flood recovery along waterways, wetland mitigation planning, and native landscape restoration.

How is resilience like a rubber band?

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<p>I have a prop. Say my elastic band is an ecosystem. Resilience is actually the rubber in the band. It's what allows it go back and forth and to stretch. You'll notice that it always comes back to the state that it was in before. It's still pretty much discernible as a rubber band. Resiliency is what allows an ecosystem to stretch and recover from times of stress.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Resilience isn't a fix-all. It's not something that is always present. It's something that we strive for and we try to build into our projects. I really think that if we're doing our jobs, if we're doing our jobs as environmental professionals, as good planners, as good stewards of the environment, we're really working together with Mother Nature to make her better. We're not trying to interfere so much that we have to go back when there's a high water event or if there's a flood or if there's a significant snow storm. We're really trying to work with sites to make them so that they can bounce back on their own, specifically when we're talking about green infrastructure in natural areas.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We really want to build communities that our children can grow up in and that are resilient and sustainable, and that is, I really believe, the reason why resiliency and sustainability is important to Stantec.&nbsp;</p>

In the second video in our Stantec on Resilience series, Stantec employees help define Resilience.

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<p><b>Stantec on Resilience #2 :: How do we define Resilience</b></p> <p><b>Bob Seager</b></p> <p>Not that many thousands of years ago, we are having this conversation under about 5000 feet of ice, now that's climate change, and natural systems find ways to evolve in a way that ensures their perpetuity. We can learn a lot from nature when it comes to resiliency.</p> <p><b>Marissa Koop</b></p> <p>Say my elastic band is an ecosystem. So resiliency is what allows an ecosystem to stretch and recover from times of stress.</p> <p><b>Carl Clayton</b></p> <p>Infrastructure, if it's not resilient, fails. It's about being cost effective and producing something that is likely to last a long time.</p> <p><b>Don Armour</b></p> <p>By having a community be more resilient, they can better withstand the impacts of natural disasters, economic disasters, whatever kind of disaster might come down their way.</p> <p><b>Stanis Smith</b></p> <p>We're certainly seeing, I think, greater emphasis in North America on how buildings can be designed in a way that they can be adapted throughout their lifetime and their lifetime extended so that we have much more of a kind of sustainable and resilient infrastructure than a throw-away infrastructure.</p> <p><b>Melissa Peneycad</b></p> <p>I would argue that I think everybody wants to do good work. And I think that Stantec does great work and Stantec employees are already proud of the work that they do, but resiliency, I think, puts a name to what we already do very well.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Marty Janowitz</b></p> <p>No matter what discipline we are involved in, no matter what kind of teams we are part of, whether or not we think we are overtly working around resiliency, all of the design, planning, engineering and science we do, and I mean all, has something to do with the resilience and the sustainability and the vitality and health and quality of life of the communities we are part of.</p>

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