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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

Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities

March 24, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT

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This webinar aims to showcase how green infrastructure practices and the many associated benefits can be effective in not only wetter climates, but also for those communities in arid and semi-arid regions around the nation that have different precipitation patterns and water demand challenges.


Session 1 — Rain Harvesting Green Infrastructure Strategies in Southern California
Neal Shapiro, Supervisor, Watershed Section, Office of Sustainability & the Environment, City of Santa Monica

This session will describe the City of Santa Monica’s watershed management program, which focuses on rain and dry weather runoff harvesting. The city focuses on sustainable water solutions to keep rain and dry weather runoff local for on site and off site benefits, and to replace imported potable water, improving the city’s water self-sufficiency. The city has a goal to be water self-sufficient by 2020, eliminating the need for imported water. Besides water supply, these green infrastructure solutions improve receiving water quality, the original driver for implementing this green infrastructure stormwater management strategy. The city’s watershed management guidelines and the many structural green infrastructure strategies to achieve its 2020 goal will also be discussed.

Session 2 — Tucson's Conserve to Enhance and Living River Programs: Improving Urban River Corridors for People and Wildlife
Emily Brott, Development Officer, Sonoran Institute

Sonoran Institute specializes in bringing diverse people together to address community issues related to water, land, and energy conservation. In the realm of green infrastructure, Emily will speak to Sonoran Institute’s partnerships with two Tucson, Arizona-based programs, both of which are supported by EPA funding:

  • “Conserve to Enhance,” an innovative green infrastructure program that incentivizes water conservation at home while catalyzing local stream restoration projects.
  • The Living River report series, a community monitoring program which helps track and communicate water quality and riparian health data.

Neal Shapiro is the Senior Sustainability Analyst and Watershed Management Coordinator for the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability & the Environment, and a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ), a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM), and Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). He is also on the Editorial Board of Watershed Science Bulletin, and a Director and Secretary on the Board of Directors for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. He oversees water conservation and efficiency programs, and watershed management programs, all geared to reduce water pollution and use limited water resources in a sustainable manner (with a focus on rainwater/stormwater harvesting and use/reuse in association with post-construction structural green infrastructure practices). He has been with the city since March 1999. He worked previously with The Jacques Cousteau Society, researching global water issues for films, books, policies, and expeditions. Neal attended the University of Delaware, receiving a Master’s in Marine Policy, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor’s in Aquatic Biology. Neal is married, has 3 sons, and enjoys running, hiking and SCUBA, and practicing what he preaches.

Emily Brott is a Development Officer with Sonoran Institute and is Sonoran Institute’s former Program Manager for the Santa Cruz River Project. Emily has worked for a decade in water conservation and river restoration programs, from the Colorado River Delta in Baja California, Mexico to the Cienega Creek and Santa Cruz River in Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. In 2011, she was named one of Arizona Daily Star's "Tucson's 40 under 40" up-and-coming community leaders. Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute, Emily specialized in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water policy at the Cadmus Group, Inc, in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has an International Master’s degree in environmental sciences from Lund University in Lund, Sweden and a BA in biology from Harvard University. Outside of work, Emily is currently pursuing her MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management

Upcoming Webcasts
May 5, 2015

Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure

  • Chris Kloss, National Green Infrastructure Coordinator, US EPA
  • Dan Christian, Senior Water Resource Engineer and Project Manager, Tetra Tech

Registration in late April

July 7, 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 June

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 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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