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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 and Smart Growth

September 3, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT


Topic Overview

U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and Office of Sustainable Communities is teaming up to present a webcast on green infrastructure and smart growth. This presentation will highlight communities who are successfully leveraging green infrastructure as part of wider planning and community development initiatives. Practitioners will provide insights into a variety of tools for encouraging land use strategies for clean water, including complete green streets, minimized parking requirements, local code review and stormwater banking.

This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.


Session 1 —  Greening America’s Capitals
Caran Curry, Interim Assistant City Manager, City of Little Rock, AK
Melissa Kramer, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities

This session will describe continuing efforts to build green infrastructure into a downtown revitalization initiative in Little Rock, AK. Little Rock received assistance from EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals program in 2011 to help the city envision improvements to its Main Street corridor. The project team, which included Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBWLA), City of Little Rock staff, and EPA staff, worked together to assess the existing conditions along Main Street, examine important initiatives already underway, and help the community develop a set of design strategies that meet both environmental and economic objectives. This session will cover Little Rock’s continued efforts to leverage green infrastructure to address environmental concerns such as polluted stormwater runoff and heat island effect while also creating attractive streets and public spaces that reflect Little Rock’s sense of place. For more information on Little Rock’s Greening America’s Capitals project, download a summary report here (47 pp, 6.5MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Session 2 — Improving Water Quality Using Compact Development and Smart Growth Techniques
Heather Nix, Clean Air & Water Program Director, Upstate Forever, Greenville, SC
Erika Hollis, Clean Air & Water Project Manager, Upstate Forever, Greenville, SC

This presentation will describe how to tailor incentive programs that encourage new and redevelopment that is better for water quality. Upstate Forever Exit EPA Disclaimer, a nonprofit based in Greenville South Carolina, will describe how they are working with county and city officials, local universities, and development-related practitioners to create the Stormwater Banking Program (SBP). This residential program encourages improvements in new developments by offering single-family residential density bonuses for participating projects. Developers score projects using a Decision Making Tool, which awards points for a variety of factors affecting water quality on a site, neighborhood, and regional scale.  Residential developers pay a participation fee that will fund stormwater retrofits throughout Greenville County.

Greenville’s Stormwater Banking Program also strives to improve water quality in commercial developments by reducing the impact of parking lots. Developers are encouraged to build only the number of parking spaces they actually need. If a developer chooses to build a larger parking lot, they have the option of treating the stormwater runoff from additional spaces using green infrastructure - or paying a fee per additional parking space. Revenue generated from this fee can fund water quality improvement projects throughout the City of Greenville. As part of this program, Upstate Forever completed an innovative parking study Exit EPA Disclaimer to determine actual commercial parking usage and needs in the Upstate.  For more information visit the Upstate Forever Stormwater Banking Program website Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Heather Nix
Heather Nix joined the Upstate Forever staff in 2007 and is the Director of the Clean Air & Water Program, which focuses on issues ranging from stormwater, land planning and design, to air quality. Heather received her B.S. in Biology from Winthrop University. Before joining Upstate Forever, Heather was a project manager at an environmental consulting firm.  Her main focus was wetland delineation and permitting, construction site inspections, and industrial facility stormwater inspections. Previously, Heather gained a variety of experience working at Glacier National Park in Montana, a chemical manufacturing facility in South Carolina, and onboard commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea.

Erika Hollis
Erika Hollis joined the Upstate Forever team in 2008. Since that time she has been working on projects related to stormwater management and low-impact development techniques. Erika’s responsibilities also include educating municipal governments, the development community, and the general public on the impacts of non-point source pollution on water quality in our urban areas.

Melissa Kramer
Melissa Kramer received a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Evolution and Population Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. She began working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She currently works in EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities where she focuses on water and wastewater infrastructure issues, stormwater, and green infrastructure approaches.

Caran Curry
is an attorney who has managed grant projects for over 35 years. Most of her career has been spent in the criminal justice field where she managed a state agency which provided support services and grants to prosecuting attorneys and crime victim service organizations. For the last six years she has been instrumental in expanding the City of Little Rock’s grant projects and is especially proud of her primary project which is to revitalize the City’s abandoned and neglected Main Street to a thriving, 24/7 chic urban district using green infrastructure and creative place making.
Upcoming Webcasts

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

Registration comming soon!

Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure

  • Jennifer Cotting, Research Associate, Green Infrastructure, Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland
  • Deron Muehring, Civil Engineer, City of Dubuque, IA
  • Lori Beary, SRF Coordinator, Iowa Finance Authority


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
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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