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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

Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management

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

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Topic Overview

Chronic flooding is a critical problem facing many communities. In urban areas impacted by localized or “neighborhood” flood events, green infrastructure practices can absorb rainfall, preventing water from overwhelming pipe networks and pooling in streets or basements. For communities experiencing overbank or riverine flooding, larger networks of green infrastructure can provide extra storage during heavy storm events. In this 90-minute webcast practitioners will cover a range of practices that can help communities build flood resilience, from small scale interventions such as rain gardens and permeable pavement to coordinated open space and floodplain preservation.


Session 1 — A Tale of Two Cities:  Exploring How Two Communities are Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flood Risk
Lori Cary-Kothera, Operations Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management
Patekka Bannister, City of Toledo, Division of Environmental Services

This session will describe how green infrastructure can help increase community resilience to coastal flood hazard impacts. Participants will learn about how Toledo, Ohio and Duluth, Minnesota are assessing their exposure to flood hazards, identifying areas for green infrastructure to reduce exposure, and evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing green infrastructure. Outreach efforts to share the results of the study with local officials and community members will also be highlighted.

Session 2 — Rain Garden Reserve: Managing Flooding with Green Infrastructure Solutions in Cuyahoga Falls
Tony V. Demasi, City Engineer, City of Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Kari A. Mackenbach, URS Corporation, National Green Infrastructure Practice Leader

In this session the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio will share how they turned four flood damaged properties into a popular neighborhood asset. Using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, the city was able to transform a group of chronically-damaged residential properties into a green infrastructure pocket park complete with rain gardens, pervious concrete, and solar powered lighting. Speakers will describe how the City engaged community members to create a park design that balanced need for security, open space, and localized flood relief.


Lori Cary-Kothera

Lori Cary-Kothera
Lori Cary-Kothera is the Operations Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. In addition to leading the effort for Digital Coast, Lori works on a variety of projects helping local coastal resource agencies better utilize technologies including GIS and social media. Recently Lori has been working with a number of communities in the Great Lakes helping to address their flooding issues using green infrastructure techniques.  Lori has a BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and a MS degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology.


Patekka Bannister

Patekka Bannister
Patekka Pope Bannister is the Chief of Water Resources for the City of Toledo, Ohio. She has over 10 years of experience working in in Environmental Compliance issues. Patekka has a wide range of experience including manufacturing, government contracting, and municipal operations. She has become a leader in the Toledo/Lucas County area for implementing Green Infrastructure to help reduce recurring flood problems.




Toni V. Demasi

Toni V. Demasi
Toni Demasi is the City Engineer for the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  His responsibilities include the oversight for the design and construction of all public improvements including roads, bridges, sewers, and waterlines.  As the Flood Plain Manager, Mr. Demasi reviews all site plans located in special flood hazard areas, and coordinates such activities with Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Demasi is a member of Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study Technical Advisory Committee and Transportation Improvement Plan Subcommittee, and the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning & Development Organization Environmental Resources Technical Advisory Committee.

Kari A. Mackenbach

Kari A. Mackenbach, CFM, BCES
Kari Mackenbach is the National Green Infrastructure Practice Leader for URS.  Ms. Mackenbach coordinates the efforts of the Practice across the US. She is responsible for the overall quality of the practice related to work performed by the URS Green Infrastructure Practice Group. One of Ms. Mackenbach’s key responsibilities’ is to leverage lessons learned from other cities across the County on GI design innovations, new O&M strategies and work to standardize these approaches within the Practice.  Mackenbach’s background as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and as an American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) accredited professional provides her with unique capabilities to work with communities and other professionals on multiple levels as it relates to sustainability and more specifically green infrastructure initiatives.

Upcoming Webcasts
Details on U.S. EPA’s 2015 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series will be posted soon. To receive updates on upcoming webcasts and registration availability, sign up for U.S. EPA’s greenstream listserv by sending a blank email to join-greenstream@lists.epa.gov.


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

Archived Webcasts
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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