Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Webcast Series

EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series is for public officials and practitioners beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as for those looking to enhance established programs. Initiated in 2014, the Series has featured leading academics and professionals from around the country sharing their expertise on a range of topics related to green infrastructure.

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Upcoming Webcasts

Making Stormwater Work for You: 2017 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series


EPA STAR Grants: Moving Green Infrastructure Forward 

Please note new date, time and registration link:
March 29, 2017 
2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT 

EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program funds research grants in numerous environmental programs, including stormwater management. This webcast will feature the work of two STAR grantees who are working to achieve new insights and promote continued green infrastructure implementation and innovation in communities across the country. Don Katnik and Amanda Shearin with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will illustrate how urban planners can use geospatial information systems (GIS) to map regional development for the purpose of preserving and enhancing green infrastructure. Robert Traver and Cara Albright with Villanova University will focus on the performance monitoring of urban green infrastructure practices in Philadelphia. 

Don Katnik and Amanda Shearin, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Converting natural landscapes to impervious surfaces negatively impacts storm water runoff and water quality. Traditional project-by-project reviews have limited ability to address cumulative impacts on the landscape due to a lack of data on the growth of impervious surface cover over time. This grant was a first step toward creating a statewide, high resolution (1 meter) map that displays geographic patterns in impervious surface growth from 2004 to 2007. This data helps planners and conservation practitioners make land use decisions that preserve green infrastructure networks and protect water quality.

Robert Traver and Cara Albright, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University

The successful implementation of green infrastructure can help cities manage stormwater runoff and improve the quality of life for residents, yet green infrastructure design has not developed a clear, data-driven understanding of the advantages of infiltration and evapotranspiration. This research seeks to monitor, develop, and demonstrate high-performing next generation green infrastructure practices. Project results are improving scientific understanding of infiltration and evapotranspiration processes and helping shape new design criteria that will meet the needs of the next generation of green infrastructure practices.


Don Katnik has been a GIS specialist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife since 2002. He spends most of his time digitizing wildlife habitat areas for species management, landscape planning, and environmental reviews. He has a Ph.D. in natural resource sciences and an M.S. in wildlife management.

Amanda Shearin is a Wildlife Biologist and the Habitat Outreach Coordinator at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  Prior to joining the Department in 2014, Amanda worked on multiple natural resource issues across Maine, New England, and internationally.  She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine, Orono.

Cara Albright is a current PhD candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Villanova University, and formerly a biogeochemistry field/research technician (Villanova and Alberta, Canada), high school Physics teacher and Surface Warfare Officer (U.S. Navy).  Ms. Albright’s dissertation topic is using atmospheric dynamics, local-to-regional climate patterns and urban rainfall-runoff response data to establish the dynamic, resilient nature of green stormwater infrastructure systems in Philadelphia.

Robert Traver is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, and Director of both the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership. His current research is to advance the performance of green stormwater infrastructure through understanding the engineering unit processes. Dr. Traver subscribes to the Teacher-Scholar model of bringing his research to his students and initiated the Stormwater Control Measure Demonstration and Research Park on the Villanova Campus. Dr. Traver served on the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) external review panel of the Army Corps of Engineers’ investigation of Hurricane Katrina, and was a member of the National Academies Committee entitled Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution. Dr. Traver received his BSCE degree from the Virginia Military Institute, his MCE from Villanova, and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He continues to serve the profession as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Build Environment, and as steering committee member of the Water Environment Federation’s Stormwater Institute.

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Past Webcasts

Building the Case for Green Infrastructure: Outreach and Education — In this webcast:

Designing, implementing, and maintaining green infrastructure at the local level requires support and participation from the community. This webcast addressed strategies and lessons learned from two dynamic outreach and education programs. Madison Quinn from Onondaga County, NY, presented on the Save the RainExit program. Mike Heimos from Columbia, MO, presented on the Stormwater Utility Education ProgramExit

Lessons Learned in Green Infrastructure — In this webcast:

Speakers from EPA’s Office of Research and Development and KC WaterExit in Kansas City, Missouri highlighted lessons learned from green infrastructure practices. Experience with on-the-ground implementation provides a broad base for learning.  This webinar provided helpful green infrastructure lessons learned for communities, states and other practitioners across the nation.

Greening Your Backyard: Water Efficiency and Stormwater Solutions for Homeowners and Communities In this webcast:

This webcast combines the power of two successful EPA water programs and their partner organizations to bring homeowners and communities some of the latest tools and information on water efficiency and stormwater solutions. Featured speakers are from EPA’s WaterSense program and Texas A&M, who discussed their efforts to encourage outdoor water conservation, and from EPA’s Soak Up the Rain program and the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition, who highlighted the importance of public awareness and action on preventing stormwater runoff.

Greening Vacant Lots — In this webcast:

Jenny Guillaume, Growing Green Initiative Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, City of Baltimore, Julie Barrett O’Neill, Green Program Director in the Buffalo Sewer Authority, City of Buffalo, and Sandra Albro, Research Associate in Applied Urban Ecology, Cleveland Botanical Garden spoke about vacant lot greening programs and specific landscape treatments that they have used in their communities. 

Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities — In this webcast:

Dan Canton, City Administrator of Monona, Iowa, Jon Biederman, Civil Engineer/Branch Manager of Fehr Graham, and Duncan Hughes, Executive Director of the Soque River Watershed Association shared their strategies for using green infrastructure to solve water quality and quantity problems in small, rural communities.

Winter Weather O&M for Green Infrastructure — In this webcast:

Tom Ballestero, Director, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, Brooke Asleson, Watershed Project Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Matt Morreim, Assistant Street Maintenance Engineer, City of St. Paul, MN shared some of the realities of winter O&M and best practices for winter stormwater management. This webinar builds off of the information shared in U.S. EPA's 2014 O&M Webcast.

Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility — In this webcast:

Andrew Reese of AMEC Foster Wheeler, Dr. Robert Chandler of the City of Salem, OR, and Sheila Dormody of the City of Providence, RI shared their efforts in creating different stormwater authorities.

Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure — In this webcast:

Chris Kloss from the U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program, Dan Christian from Tetra Tech, and Andrew Potts from CH2M HILL discussed different ways of communicating both cost savings and benefits related to green infrastructure.

Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities — In this webcast:

Neal Shapiro from the City of Santa Monica discussed green infrastructure strategies in southern California and Emily Brott of the Sonoran Institute presented on partnerships with two Tucson, Arizona-based programs.

Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management — In this webcast:

  • Lori Cary-Kothera, operations manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management, and Patekka Bannister, chief of water resources for the city of Toledo, Ohio, discussed assessing green infrastructure costs and benefits.
  • Tony V. Demasi, city engineer for the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Kari A. Mackenbach, national green infrastructure practice leader for URS, discussed managing flooding with green infrastructure solutions in Cuyahoga Falls.

Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure — In this webcast:

  • Jennifer Cotting, research associate for Green Infrastructure from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, provided an overview of green infrastructure financing;
  • Deron Muehring, civil engineer from the city of Dubuque, Iowa, discussed financing a flood mitigation project that incorporated green infrastructure; and
  • Lori Beary, State Revolving Fund coordinator from the Iowa Finance Authority, discussed the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program for financing nonpoint source projects.

Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth — In this webcast:

  • 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, Arkansas, 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, South Carolina, discussed incentive programs that encourage new development and redevelopment that is better for water quality.

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 the New York City Department of Environmental Protection shared efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning.

More Bang for the Buck: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects— Charlotte Katzenmoyer of the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Matthew Millea of Onondaga County, New York, shared lessons learned from integrating green infrastructure into city, state, and regional public works projects.

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.

O&M and Green: Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance — Karen Sands and Dr. Bill Hunt discussed ensuring proper O&M of green infrastructure systems.

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Related Webcast Series

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. It has presented nine 2-hour webcasts on green infrastructure.

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