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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

Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility

August 13, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT


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A stormwater utility can be an effective and dedicated source of funding to pay for stormwater management programs and related infrastructure investments. In this webcast, two municipalities will share their efforts in creating a stormwater utility, followed by a presentation on the key considerations when establishing a stormwater authority.

Details:

Session 1
Robert D. Chandler, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Public Works Director, City of Salem, OR

Historically, stormwater services in Salem, Oregon, have been funded by wastewater ratepayers. Beginning in late 2009, the Public Works Department began working on a proposal to decouple stormwater funding from wastewater fees by creating a separate stormwater fee. On December 6, 2010, Council approved creation of a stormwater utility and implementation of a stormwater rate. Given from the perspective of City Staff, this presentation summarizes why Salem chose to create a stormwater utility; describes where they started and how they ended up; and concludes with a selection of lessons learned and confirmed.

Session 2
Sheila Dormody, Director of Policy, Office of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, City of Providence, RI

Six Rhode Island municipalities facing challenges of aging infrastructure, water pollution, and flooding problems in the Upper Narragansett Bay region are in the midst of a feasibility study to create a regional stormwater management district. Sheila Dormody will discuss the reasons the municipalities are considering a regional approach, the results of the first phase of the study, and the work underway in the second phase of the study.

Session 3
Andrew Reese, PE LEED, Vice President, AMEC Foster Wheeler

Andy Reese will talk about some of the key things to understand and consider in attempting to establish a regional stormwater authority versus a single entity stormwater utility or enterprise. Topics will include process, organizational issues, aligning interests and programs, defining levels of authority, and creating safe boundaries to maximize long-term satisfaction and effectiveness.

Speakers:

Robert Chandler has been serving as Assistant Public Works Director in Salem, Oregon, since August 2009. Prior to moving to Salem, Dr. Chandler worked for 14 years at Seattle Public Utilities, primarily in the arena of stormwater management, and he is a licensed Civil Engineering in the states of Washington and Oregon.  A graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in mechanical engineering, he served for 10 years as a nuclear submarine officer before returning to the UW and earning a Master’s Degree in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1995. Dr. Chandler’s wide-ranging responsibilities at Salem Public Works include: water, stormwater, wastewater, transportation, and parks master planning; utility fee implementation (currently stormwater and street light fees); Oregon water rights; development services, plan review, and land use; customer service and public outreach; watershed coordination; and emergency planning, to name a few.

Sheila Dormody is the director of policy for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. She previously served as the first director of sustainability for the City of Providence from 2011-2014 where her work included coordinating six municipalities to develop sustainable funding for a regional approach to stormwater management, identifying opportunities to reduce energy costs, and working with community groups to establish the City’s first comprehensive sustainability plan. Dormody chairs the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council Advisory Board, and serves on the boards of the Providence Plan, the Distributed Generation Board, and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. Previously, she was New England co-director for the environmental advocacy group, Clean Water Action. She won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Merit Award in 2008 for her work to prevent mercury pollution.

Andy Reese is a Vice President at AMEC Foster Wheeler. He has worked in all 50 states in a wide variety of areas with a current focus on green infrastructure and stormwater management. He helped teach an EPA webinar on stormwater utility financing. He is a registered professional engineer and LEED certified with degrees from Cornell University, Boston University and Colorado State. He is a noted writer and speaker, having given the first STORMCON and the first WEFTEC Stormwater Congress keynotes and is the co-author of the bestselling textbook Municipal Stormwater Management. He is a grandfather and the father of four children who are all grown or think they are. He and his wife reside in Tennessee where he still hopes to be discovered by the Grand Ole Opry.

Upcoming Webcasts
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

  • Speaker TBD, 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
Emily Halter halter.emily@epa.gov

Archived Webcasts
Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure - Chris Kloss from the U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program, Dan Christian from Tetra Tech, and Andrew Potts from CH2M HILL discussed different ways of communicating both cost savings and benefits related to green infrastructure. The webcast transcript (26 pp, 243K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (90 pp, 13.4MB, About PDF).

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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