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Durbin Estate Partnerships

The Durbin Project has many strong partnerships whose committed support is essential to the success of the project. We wanted to share some information about each partner and how they are contributing to the project. We applaud each of these organizations and businesses!



Brief Description

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Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University (WKU) is located in Bowling Green, KY, a few miles from the Durbin Estates site. Many WKU departments are contributing to the project and are members of the Advisory Council.

Affiliated departments:

Center for Environmental Education      and Sustainability, (CEES)

Planning, Design and Construction

Hoffman Environmental
    Research Institute

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Bowling Green-Warren County (BG-WC) 

Habitat for Humanity Bowling Green Warren county

HFH of Bowling Green/ Warren Co. (HFH-BG WC) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged

HFH BG-WC owns the land and is a principle partner on the project. It oversees all aspects and will host onsite trainings for state affiliate chapters, local builders, and city employees plus educational outreach for teachers, school groups, residents, and the community. 

Kentucky Division of Water 

Kentucky seal 

The mission of the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) is to manage, protect and enhance the quality of the Commonwealth's water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory and educational programs.

KDOW is funder for Phases I and II of the Durbin Project, to construct an integrated green infrastructure and the initial road, utilities, and associated green infrastructure, e.g., bioswale, rain gardens, permeable pavement, cisterns, using Environmental Protection Agency 319(h) nonpoint source pollution funds under the Clean Water Act. 

Bowling Green Public Works Department 

Bowling Green Public Works logo 

Public Works is a 48-person organization dedicated to maintaining the 230 miles of city streets, 23 miles of storm sewers, 608 stormwater injection wells and sinkholes, 106 miles of sidewalk, 23 traffic signals and 310 city vehicles and major pieces of equipment. Its mission is to safely, efficiently and professionally enhance the quality of life for citizens of Bowling Green.

Bowling Green Public Works has two members on the Advisory Council and provides expertise to the Durbin Project in stormwater management issues. They have sponsored special events at Durbin including a volunteer cleanup and an educational mini-video about the project. 


Habitat for Humanity


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Incorporated in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity (KyHFH) supports and encourages an effective network of KyJFJ affiliates, resource development, advocacy, capacity building, mentoring and prayer. Habitat for Humanity is the leading organization in Kentucky working to eliminate poverty housing and improve communities.


KyHFH will sponsor training for the state affiliate chapters, offer direct consultation on project design, and seek to make changes to existing KyHFH building policies to incorporate LID stormwater techniques in all community development.

 WKYU-Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

public broadcasting service 

WKYU-PBS signed on the air in 1989 as a non-commercial, educational PBS station, based in Bowling Green, KY and licensed to WKU. The station houses a premiere television production facility, producing high-quality programs and videotapes for broadcast on the station, for the university and other clients.

WKYU-Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is producing a 30-minute on-air broadcast about the project and BMPs for stormwater management in karst environments; an instructional video and other materials will be developed from this.

 Arnold Consulting Engineering Services

Arnold Consulting Engineering Services, Inc. 

Founded in 2006, Arnold Consulting Engineering and Surveying, Inc. (ACES) is an engineering, surveying and landscape architecture firm based in Bowling Green, KY.  ACES provides site and infrastructure design to private, government, and education based clients.  By implementing innovative and prudential designs, ACES strives to make your project successful in a changing world.


Several members of ACES staff participate on the Advisory council and subcommittees. They completed the initial survey, rezoning, and conceptual plans as well as final civil engineering and constructional documents. ACES has provided discounts on all work done for Durbin.

Scott & Ritter Incorporated 

Scott & Ritter, Inc. 

Scott & Ritter, Inc. specializes in heavy construction that includes site excavation, storm and sanitary sewers, water and wastewater treatment facilities, underground electric facilities, gas lines, highway work, etc. , generally within a 150 mile radius of Bowling Green, KY. Scott & Ritter also offers Performance Contracting and Design-Build contracting


Scott and Ritter was awarded the bid for heavy construction work to implement the green infrastructure work for Durbin. In addition they have donated the heavy equipment work required for the vernal pond installation, excavated large amounts of fill rock and dirt that will be repurposed on site, and provided rock and brick crushing equipment to reuse onsite rock and recycled brick contributed by Bowling Green Independent Schools as trail substrate. 

Roundstone Native Seed, LLC 

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hand collection of seed and garden size production plots, Roundstone Native Seed has grown to being one of the largest producers of native seed in the East.The initial concept of environmentally sensitive collection of foundation seed from remnant sites in Kentucky is now being done in a host of other states in an effort to develop ecotype seed for the future.


Roundstone Native Seed, LLC is providing seed and planting services to fully populate the Durbin Project site in native grasses and plants. As a full partner RNS is fully committed to donating all products and services to build a model sustainable site for this community and future generations. 

Service One Credit Union 

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Service One Credit Union (SOCU) is headquartered in Bowling Green, KY. In 2010 it completed construction on the state's 2nd LEED Platinum (highest level) building. SOCU was established in 1963 and has a 5-star health rating.


As a member of the Advisory Council, SOCU contributes invaluable expertise in green infrastructure construction derived from its own experience while constructing some of the same features in its LEED Platinum building. 

Bluegrass PRIDE 

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Founded in 2001, Bluegrass PRIDE is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing environmental resources and information to schools, community groups, local governments and citizens in Central Kentucky. Its outreach programs focus on rain barrels, rain gardens, environmentally-friendly lawn care, waste reduction, household hazardous waste, energy efficiency and more.

 As a member of the Advisory Council, Bluegrass PRIDE offers guidance and shares information on green infrastructure programs implemented throughout Kentucky.

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 Last Modified 12/4/18