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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

July 22, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT


Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure

Topic Overview

This 90-minute webcast will highlight Climate Interactive’s new Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, followed by a presentation on the New York City Green Infrastructure Program’s efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning.

Communities are feeling the effects of climate change now. As different parts of the country become drier or wetter, green infrastructure can improve resiliency by helping communities manage flood risk, prepare for drought, reduce urban heat island effects, and protect coasts. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to climate adaptation. However, sharing best practices, learning by doing, and iterative problem solving can help communities choose a suite of adaptation strategies to meet environmental, quality of life and public health goals.

Session 1 — The Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool: A Pilot Project in the Kinnickinnic River Watershed of Milwaukee
Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director of Climate Interactive

This interactive session will demonstrate a computer-simulation tool for community, business and municipal engagement on green infrastructure. The tool, which is being developed in Milwaukee, allows people to see the implications that green versus grey investments in stormwater management infrastructure would have on water quality, air quality, jobs, and community wellbeing. Elizabeth will talk about the process of developing the tool with partnership and input from a number of Milwaukee organizations and leaders, and plans for using the tool to catalyze new partnerships and green infrastructure investment. She will also share the early plans for extending the work to other cities beyond Milwaukee.

Climate Interactive: http://www.climateinteractive.org/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool: http://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/milwaukee-green-infrastructure-decision-support-tool/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

Session 2 — Green Infrastructure and Climate Change in New York City
Alan Cohn, Director of Climate and Water Quality, New York City Department of Environmental Protection; and Carolina Griggs, Deputy Director of Planning Projections and Demand Management, Sustainability Division, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s mission is to protect public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise and hazardous materials pollution. In this presentation, Alan will discuss how DEP is incorporating climate resiliency into system planning in support of its mission — specifically the ongoing work to monitor and quantify the effects of green infrastructure. Alan will also present DEP’s work to develop a tool that identifies and quantifies the costs and benefits of different green infrastructure practices through New York City.

Elizabeth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. A biologist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she trained in system dynamics and sustainability with Donella Meadows. She worked at Sustainability Institute, the research institute founded by Meadows, for 13 years before she co-founded Climate Interactive in 2010. For many years her work involved tracking and assessing pledges in international climate treaty negotiations, but she increasingly focuses on helping people find solutions that prevent future climate change, build resilience to unavoidable climate impacts, and provide opportunities to people who need them most. Using both systems thinking and system-dynamics computer simulation, her team is developing tools to help decision makers and residents think about infrastructure investment in the face of climate change. She writes and speaks on this topic to local, national and international audiences. In 2014 she was invited to participate in the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, a continuing dialogue on issues of climate change and sustainability among a select group of humanities scholars, writers, artists and climate scientists.

Alan Cohn is Director of Climate and Water Quality at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where he develops cost-effective solutions to advance resiliency and prioritize investments in water and wastewater infrastructure. He leads efforts on flood protection, coordinates regional and national climate change initiatives, promote green approaches to drainage and water quality improvement, and advances studies of climate change impacts on water supply, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment. Alan works closely with New York City government agencies to coordinate citywide resiliency and waterfront planning efforts, and with the Water Utility Climate Alliance to advance climate research, decision-making tools, and flexible and adaptive regulations. He managed development of the NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan and contributed sections of New York City's Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, Green Infrastructure Plan, and PlaNYC: A Stronger, More Resilient New York.

Carolina Griggs is Deputy Director of Planning Projections and Demand Management in the Sustainability Division of The New York City Department of Environmental Protection. She has worked on stormwater, wastewater, climate change, and water demand management planning projects. Previously, she has served as an analyst in New York City’s Office of Management and Budget Environmental Unit and worked in debt capital markets and agricultural and energy commodities markets. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from Wesleyan University.
Upcoming Webcasts

September 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth

  • Heather Nix, Upstate Forever, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Clark Wilson, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. EPA
  • Caran Curry, Grants Manager, City of Little Rock, AK



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
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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