Water: Green Infrastructure
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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.
Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities
March 24, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT
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.Details:
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
May 5, 2015
Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure
Registration in late April
July 7, 2015
Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility
Registration in late June
October 6, 2015
Winter Weather O&M for Green Infrastructure
Registration in late September
December 8, 2015
Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities
Registration in late November
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.
- Part I: Introduction and Green Infrastructure Overview (PDF) (51 pp, 9.5MB, About PDF)
Part II: The Role of Codes and Ordinances in Water Quality and Stormwater Management (PDF) (20 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF)
Part III: Code and Ordinance Reviews: Case Studies and Findings (PDF) (28 pp, 3.6MB, About PDF)
Part IV: Cleveland Heights Zoning Amendments (PDF) (41 pp, 8.4MB, About PDF)
Part V: Top Ten Green Infrastructure Issues in Plans and Codes (PDF) (29 pp, 2.1MB, About PDF)
Part VI: Wrap Up (PDF) (14 pp, 2.9MB, About PDF)
Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) – 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 . 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.