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This page provides information on upcoming webcasts related to green infrastructure, links to archived webcasts, and a summary of certification programs. To be added to a mailing list for additional training opportunities, please send an email to join-greenstream@lists.epa.gov.

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EPA's Green Infrastructure Program announces the launch of our 2015 Webcast Series. This series is generally geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Leading academics and professionals from around the country will cover a range of emerging topics and applications, from implementing green infrastructure in arid climates to winter operations and maintenance.

Next Webcast

Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure

May 5, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT

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This webcast will showcase different ways of communicating both cost savings and benefits related to green infrastructure. EPA staff and leading professionals from the field will discuss new research and case studies detailing successful approaches to valuing green infrastructure.


Session 1 — Interpreting the Costs of Stormwater Control
Chris Kloss, National Green Infrastructure Coordinator, US EPA

This session will discuss factors that impact the costs of controlling stormwater and opportunities to use green infrastructure in ways that provide an overall best value to communities. The findings of recent analyses and case studies will highlight successful approaches.

Session 2 — Quantifying the Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Tools and Resources
Dan Christian, Senior Project Manager and Water Resource Engineer, Tetra Tech

This session will provide an overview of the triple bottom line benefits realized through the use of green infrastructure practices.  This discussion will focus on the impacts to surface water, groundwater, air quality, energy, habitat, and community development.  Information on available tools to quantify benefits as well as additional resources will be shared.

Session 3 — Case studies on cost savings from green infrastructure
Andrew Potts, Senior Watershed Services Technologist, CH2M HILL

This presentation will cover multiple case studies where integrated infrastructure is being used to reduce the cost of green infrastructure implementation and will focus on 2 programs in which a business case approach is being used to incentivize green infrastructure on public and private property.  In the City of Lancaster, PA, this approach is guiding a $7 million innovative public-private partnership (P3) program for nearly 50 green infrastructure projects that is reinventing how State Revolving Funds (SRF) can be applied to green infrastructure projects while also attracting private investments in projects that control stormwater. In Onondaga County, New York, CH2M worked with the Department of Water Environment Protection to develop a Business Case Green Infrastructure Calculator, and used it as the foundation to build one of the nation’s most broadly utilized GI grant programs, the Green Improvement Fund (GIF), which is a significant part of the County’s overall combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement program, Save the Rain.


Chris Kloss is the Office of Water’s Green Infrastructure Coordinator. The Green Infrastructure program supports the EPA’s regulatory and nonregulatory programs by assessing how green practices can address wet weather issues and achieve community environmental and social goals. The program also collaborates with federal, state, local and non-governmental organization partners to assess how green infrastructure can be used to create sustainable infrastructure and provides outreach and technical support. Chris has a Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland. He has been working on green infrastructure and stormwater issues for the past decade, with experience in the non-profit sector prior to joining EPA.

Dan Christian is a Senior Project Manager and Water Resource Engineer with Tetra Tech.  Dan specializes in stormwater management programs, policies and implementation with over 25 years of experience.  Dan has prepared numerous studies and designs for a wide variety of stormwater control measures such as rain gardens, bioretention, infiltration, porous pavement, water conservation, and others.  Dan’s work often involves green infrastructure in roadway corridors as well as site developments. His clients include federal, state, county and local government entities as well as non-profit organizations located throughout the U.S.  Dan attended Michigan State University and received a bachelors and Masters degree in civil engineering.  Dan is married, has two teenage sons, and in his free time enjoys getting out outdoors camping, hiking, and fishing.

Andrew Potts has over 15 years of experience in stormwater management, green infrastructure, water resources, and sustainable site design applications. Andrew focuses on green infrastructure and LID system design and implementation, green streets, innovative stormwater management, LEED, hydrologic analyses/modeling, plan reviews, stormwater manuals, and watershed studies. Andrew was a technical co-author for the Michigan LID Manual, the Pennsylvania Stormwater BMP Manual, and four chapters in the 2014 WEF Green Infrastructure Implementation manual and the new ASCE book on Permeable Pavements. He has a M.S.C.E. from UVA, is a professional engineer, and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.

Upcoming Webcasts
August 13, 2015

Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility

  • Robert D. Chandler, Ph.D., P.E.
    Assistant Public Works Director City of Salem, OR
  • Shelia Dormody, Director of Policy, City of Providence, RI
  • Andrew Reese, PE LEED, Vice President, AMEC Foster Wheeler

Registration in late July

October 6, 2015

Winter Weather O&M for Green Infrastructure

  • Tom Ballestero, Associate Professor, Director of UNH Stormwater Center
  • Brooke Asleson, Watershed Project Manager, Metro, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Registration in late September

December 8, 2015

Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities

  • Jeremy Pirkle, Water/Wastewater Director City of Clarkesville, GA
  • Daniel Canton, City Administrator, Monona, Iowa
  • Jon Biederman, Project Engineer and Branch Manager, Fehr Graham

Registration in late November


For questions, please contact
Eva Birk birk.eva@epa.gov or Emily Ashton ashton.emily@epa.gov

Archived Webcasts
Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities - Neal Shapiro from the City of Santa Monica discussed green infrastructure strategies in southern California and Emily Brott of the Sonoran Institute presented on partnerships with two Tucson, Arizona-based programs. The webcast transcript (28 pp, 248K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (143 pp, 16.3MB, About PDF).

Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management – Lori Cary-Kothera, Operations Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management and Patekka Bannister, Chief of Water Resources for the City of Toledo, OH discussed assessing green infrastructure costs and benefits and Tony V. Demasi, City Engineer for the City of Cuyahoga Falls, OH and Kari A. Mackenbach, National Green Infrastructure Practice Leader for URS, presented on managing flooding with green infrastructure solutions in Cuyahoga Falls. The webcast transcript (23 pp, 251K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (63 pp, 11.7MB, About PDF).

Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure – Jennifer Cotting, Research Associate for Green Infrastructure from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, discussed an overview of green Infrastructure financing; Deron Muehring, Civil Engineer from the City of Dubuque, IA, presented on financing a flood mitigation project that incorporated green infrastructure; and Lori Beary, SRF Coordinator from the Iowa Finance Authority, presented on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program for financing non-point source projects. The webcast transcript (24 pp, 196K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (94 pp, 12.2MB, About PDF).

Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth – Melissa Kramer, Senior Policy Analyst from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities and Caran Curry, Interim Assistant City Manager for the City of Little Rock, AK discussed continuing efforts to build green infrastructure into downtown revitalization and Heather Nix, Clean Air & Water Program Director, and Erika Hollis, Clean Air & Water Project Manager, from Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC presented on incentive programs that encourage new and redevelopment that is better for water quality. The webcast transcript (25 pp, 196K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (95 pp, 12.7MB, About PDF).

Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure - Elizabeth Sawin of Climate Interactive highlighted their Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, and Alan Cohn, Mikelle Adgate, and Carolina Griggs from NYC Department of Environmental Protection shared efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning. The webcast transcript (21 pp, 195K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (64 pp, 7MB, About PDF).

More Bang for the Buck: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects - Charlotte Katzenmoyer of the City of Lancaster, PA and Matthew Millea of Onondaga County, NY shared lessons learned from integrating green infrastructure into city, state and regional public works project. The webcast transcript (28 pp, 251K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (186 pp, 22MB, About PDF).

Case Studies: Implementing Green Infrastructure under Enforcement Orders - Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Andy Shively of Kansas City Water Services presented case studies on integrating green infrastructure into EPA enforcement agreements. The webcast transcript (21 pp, 187K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (101 pp, 22MB, About PDF).

O&M and Green: Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance - As part of EPA's 2014 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series, Karen Sands and Dr. Bill Hunt presented on ensuring proper O&M of green infrastructure systems. The webcast transcript (26 pp, 227K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (100 pp, 11MB, About PDF).

Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure – In the spring and summer of 2009, EPA offered six two-hour webcasts on green infrastructure. Topics spanned a range of green infrastructure strategies, from reviewing codes and ordinances to performing operation and maintenance.

Updating Local Codes to Cultivate Green Infrastructure and Foster Sustainable Stormwater Management
- This 2 hour webcast was presented by EPA Region 5 on December 13, 2011. The webcast describes the interaction of zoning and building codes with water quality; presents several examples of code audits conducted in Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota; and highlights the top 10 obstacles to green infrastructure in local codes and ordinances.

Watershed Academy Low Impact Development Webcasts -  EPA’s Watershed Academy offers monthly webcasts related to the implementation of watershed approaches to  preserve and restore aquatic ecosystems.  The Watershed Academy has offered nine two-hour webcasts on green infrastructure.

Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) Exit EPA Disclaimer – An initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Northern Research Station, UNRI offers monthly webcasts on assessing, maintaining, and expanding the urban tree canopy. In the spring of 2011, UNRI also offered a five-part instructional series on the i-Tree software suite Exit EPA Disclaimer. The i-Tree tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. 
Certification Programs
Green Jobs Training: A Catalog of Training Opportunities for Green Infrastructure Technologies (PDF) (52 pp, 1.1MB, About PDF) - This catalog is intended to provide a central gateway to a wide variety of training opportunities, including opportunities offered by colleges and universities, nonprofits, trade organizations, state certification programs, training grants, and more. One-page fact sheets provide an overview of each program and links to additional information. As we become aware of additional training opportunities, we will include them in future catalog editions. Note that inclusion in this catalog does not convey EPA endorsement of the quality or content of the program.

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