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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.

Next Webcast

Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure

November 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

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Topic Overview

Financing green infrastructure is critical to taking projects from planning to implementation and beyond, including sustaining operations and maintenance. This 90-minute webcast will provide an overview of green infrastructure financing strategies and highlight a community which leveraged Clean Water State Revolving Fund resources for a flood mitigation project that provided multiple economic, environmental and social benefits.

Details
  • Session 1 — An Overview of Green Infrastructure Financing
    Jennifer Cotting, Research Associate, Green Infrastructure, Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland

Green infrastructure plans are important for guiding land use and resource management decision-making, but implementation cannot happen without a "how to pay" strategy. In this session, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center will discuss the critical elements of successful green infrastructure finance strategies, as well as some emerging innovations in the green infrastructure finance field.

  • Session 2 — Partnering to transform a watershed plan into a watershed reality: the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project
    Deron Muehring, Civil Engineer, City of Dubuque, IA

This presentation will cover how incorporating green infrastructure into a flood mitigation project can provide additional benefits, including addressing flood mitigation and improving the environment. The project is $180 million project to mitigate the effects of flash flooding within the Bee Branch Watershed while also benefiting local mobility, creating a regional tourist attraction, improving water quality, and creating a healthy aquatic habitat for fish, animals, and people.

  • Session 3 — Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Projects
    Lori Beary, SRF Coordinator, Iowa Finance Authority

This presentation will discuss using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program to finance non-point source projects by combining them with SRF funded infrastructure projects. By lowering the interest rate on traditional CWSRF infrastructure loans and allowing communities to use that foregone interest to pay for water quality projects, Iowa’s communities have a new source of funds to pay for non-point source projects.

Speakers

Jennifer Cotting
Hired in 2004, Jennifer Cotting is currently a Research Associate for Green Infrastructure at the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center. She manages the EFC's green infrastructure programming spanning large landscape conservation and habitat management, as well as urban land use and stormwater management applications of green infrastructure. Jennifer holds a BA in Communications from Marymount University and an MS in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.

Deron Muehring
Deron Muehring has a BA in Physics from St. Cloud State University and an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Marquette University. He has been employed as a Civil Engineer with the City of Dubuque, Iowa since 1998. In that time he has worked on water resource issues and projects and served as the de facto project manager for the Bee Branch Watershed Project.

Lori Beary
Lori Beary is the Community Development Director and SRF Program Coordinator for the Iowa Finance Authority. She has been with the Authority since October 2000, managing the conduit tax-exempt bond program, the Iowa Private Activity Bond Cap and the Iowa State Revolving Funds for Clean Water and Drinking Water. Ms. Beary earned a M.S. in Economics from Iowa State University and a B.A. from Grinnell College.

Upcoming Webcasts

December 2, 2014
1:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. EST


Registration coming soon!

Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management

  • Lori Cary-Kothera, Operations Manager, Science and Geospatial Solutions Division, NOAA
  • Tony Demasi, City Engineer, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

 

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

Archived Webcasts
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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