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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.
Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure
May 5, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT
This webcast will showcase different ways of communicating both cost savings and benefits related to green infrastructure. EPA staff and leading professionals from the field will discuss new research and case studies detailing successful approaches to valuing green infrastructure.Details:
Session 1 — Interpreting the Costs of Stormwater Control
Chris Kloss, National Green Infrastructure Coordinator, US EPA
This session will discuss factors that impact the costs of controlling stormwater and opportunities to use green infrastructure in ways that provide an overall best value to communities. The findings of recent analyses and case studies will highlight successful approaches.
Session 2 — Quantifying the Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Tools and Resources
Dan Christian, Senior Project Manager and Water Resource Engineer, Tetra Tech
This session will provide an overview of the triple bottom line benefits realized through the use of green infrastructure practices. This discussion will focus on the impacts to surface water, groundwater, air quality, energy, habitat, and community development. Information on available tools to quantify benefits as well as additional resources will be shared.
Session 3 — Case studies on cost savings from green infrastructure
Andrew Potts, Senior Watershed Services Technologist, CH2M HILL
This presentation will cover multiple case studies where integrated infrastructure is being used to reduce the cost of green infrastructure implementation and will focus on 2 programs in which a business case approach is being used to incentivize green infrastructure on public and private property. In the City of Lancaster, PA, this approach is guiding a $7 million innovative public-private partnership (P3) program for nearly 50 green infrastructure projects that is reinventing how State Revolving Funds (SRF) can be applied to green infrastructure projects while also attracting private investments in projects that control stormwater. In Onondaga County, New York, CH2M worked with the Department of Water Environment Protection to develop a Business Case Green Infrastructure Calculator, and used it as the foundation to build one of the nation’s most broadly utilized GI grant programs, the Green Improvement Fund (GIF), which is a significant part of the County’s overall combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement program, Save the Rain.Speakers:
Chris Kloss is the Office of Water’s Green Infrastructure Coordinator. The Green Infrastructure program supports the EPA’s regulatory and nonregulatory programs by assessing how green practices can address wet weather issues and achieve community environmental and social goals. The program also collaborates with federal, state, local and non-governmental organization partners to assess how green infrastructure can be used to create sustainable infrastructure and provides outreach and technical support. Chris has a Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland. He has been working on green infrastructure and stormwater issues for the past decade, with experience in the non-profit sector prior to joining EPA.
Dan Christian is a Senior Project Manager and Water Resource Engineer with Tetra Tech. Dan specializes in stormwater management programs, policies and implementation with over 25 years of experience. Dan has prepared numerous studies and designs for a wide variety of stormwater control measures such as rain gardens, bioretention, infiltration, porous pavement, water conservation, and others. Dan’s work often involves green infrastructure in roadway corridors as well as site developments. His clients include federal, state, county and local government entities as well as non-profit organizations located throughout the U.S. Dan attended Michigan State University and received a bachelors and Masters degree in civil engineering. Dan is married, has two teenage sons, and in his free time enjoys getting out outdoors camping, hiking, and fishing.
Andrew Potts has over 15 years of experience in stormwater management, green infrastructure, water resources, and sustainable site design applications. Andrew focuses on green infrastructure and LID system design and implementation, green streets, innovative stormwater management, LEED, hydrologic analyses/modeling, plan reviews, stormwater manuals, and watershed studies. Andrew was a technical co-author for the Michigan LID Manual, the Pennsylvania Stormwater BMP Manual, and four chapters in the 2014 WEF Green Infrastructure Implementation manual and the new ASCE book on Permeable Pavements. He has a M.S.C.E. from UVA, is a professional engineer, and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
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.