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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 is proud to announce the launch of our 2014 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 topics and applications, from best practices in operations and maintenance to the intersection of green infrastructure and climate change.

May 6th, 2014

1:00pm – 2:30pm EST


More Bang for the Buck:

Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects

Topic Overview

Integrating green infrastructure into “business as usual” in city, state and regional public works projects is one of the most efficient ways to achieve wide scale and cost effective green infrastructure implementation. This webcast will share lessons learned from municipal and county officials experienced in the art of coordinating green infrastructure improvements with scheduled street improvements, parks improvements and projects on public sites. Integrating green infrastructure into existing public works projects and Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs) can allow different government departments to identify the most impactful and cost effective opportunities for green practices.

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, City of Lancaster, PA

This presentation is intended to assist municipal, city and county governments with the development and implementation of a green infrastructure plan. Specifically, those communities that face multiple challenges including combined sewer overflows and limited available land to implement water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Lancaster’s experience has shown that green infrastructure can strengthen a city’s economy and improve health and quality of life for its residents by linking clean water solutions to community improvements. Cities can maximize the value of their investments to meet multiple overlapping environmental regulations, while achieving lower costs and higher benefits from their infrastructure investments. Communities can implement streetscape improvements, rebuild outdated city parks, and repair public parking lots within their green infrastructure program, allowing millions of gallons of runoff to be removed from combined sewer system while making significant capital improvements that would otherwise have been unfunded. For more information on the City of Lancaster’s Green Infrastructure Plan, visit the City's: Save it! website Exit EPA Disclaimer. EPA recently developed a report on the economic benefits of green infrastructure in Lancaster, PA (PDF) (20 pp, 1.2MB, About PDF).

Matthew Millea, Deputy County Executive for Physical Services, Onondaga County, NY

The Save the Rain Program is Onondaga County’s comprehensive stormwater management plan to reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries, largely by using green infrastructure. Under the leadership of County Executive Joanie Mahoney, the Save the Rain team is comprised of county employees, consultants, volunteers, and educators. To date, the County has advanced more than 175 distinct green infrastructure projects, on public and private property.  Onondaga County is a national model for the implementation of a balanced approach to stormwater management – a combination of smart gray investments with innovative green infrastructure solutions. For more information on the program, visit the Onondaga County’s Save the Rain webiste Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, City of Lancaster, PA
Charlotte Katzenmoyer has served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Lancaster since May 2001. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Lehigh University with Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. As the Director of Public Works she has responsibility for the Bureaus of Engineering, Operations which includes Streets, Traffic and Parks, Public Facilities, Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste and Recycling and Stormwater Programs.  The Water and Wastewater Bureaus serve ten municipalities and 140,000 residents with an annual budget of $47 million and capital budget of $50 million. Ms. Katzenmoyer has published numerous papers and presented across the nation on the City’s innovative Green Infrastructure Plan.

Matthew J. Millea, Onondaga County, NY
Matthew J. Millea was appointed Deputy County Executive for Physical Services by Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney in June 2010.  As Deputy County Executive Mr. Millea oversees the operations of nine county departments and assists the County Executive with the development and implementation of the annual county budget. Matt has been charged by the County Executive to manage the County's "Save the Rain" effort, which is a multi-million dollar public works program using both grey and green infrastructure approaches to mitigate sewer overflows into Onondaga Lake.
Upcoming Webcasts

May 6th

More Bang for the Buck: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects

    • Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, City of Lancaster, PA
    • Matthew Millea, Deputy County Executive for Physical Services, Onondaga County, NY


Green Infrastructure and Climate Change



Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth



Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure



Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Mitigation


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

Archived Webcasts
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, 23MB, 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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