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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Building Resilient Communities With Green Infrastructure and Hazard Mitigation Planning
Presenters will focus on two proof of concept projects co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in which two communities enhanced their resiliency by integrating green infrastructure elements of their stormwater and watershed plans into their hazard mitigation plans to achieve co-benefits such as improving water quality and preserving resources.
Laura Bachle, EPA Headquarters
Laura will discuss the rationale behind the EPA and FEMA pilot projects that explore the links between green infrastructure and hazard mitigation planning.
Nature-Based Solutions to Hazard Mitigation Planning
Josh Bruce, University of Oregon's Community Service Center
This presentation will summarize findings from an EPA/FEMA directed pilot project conducted in Ashland, Oregon. The project purpose was to (1) Expand the range of tools used to mitigate flood and other natural hazard risk (2) Institutionalize green infrastructure and low impact development into natural hazard risk management planning (3) Enable FEMA funds to be directed to green infrastructure projects and (4) Promote the understnading of the co-benefits of green infrastructure. A key conlusion from this project is that increased cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration is needed.
Green Infrastructure for Drought Resilience
Trish Garrigan, EPA Region 1 and Melissa Surette, FEMA Region 1
The purpose of this project was to explore how to integrate green infrastructure, with a focus on drought resilience, into the Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. We will discuss the mapping methodology that was developed to identify the best places in the landscape for green infrastructure, the analysis of state policies for opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure and touch on the recommendations that were developed to incorporate into the statewide plan.
Laura Bachle has over thirty years of experience in planning, public involvement, and mediation at the local, state and national levels. She spent fifteen years working in local government as an environmental planner and five years in private practice as a mediator. Laura started her career at the Environmental Protection Agency in 2004 as a Conflict Resolution Specialist in the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center. She was EPA’s first National Transportation Liaison, building stronger partnerships between EPA and the US Department of Transportation. She also served as the Assistant Director in the Wetlands Office in the Office of Water and in the Office of Civil Rights Title VI Program. She currently works in the Office of Water’s Nonpoint Source Program on water quality and hazard mitigation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma City University.
Josh Bruce is the Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at the University of Oregon Community Service Center. Josh has been a leader in community resilience and local sustainability conversations for over 15 years. Josh is a faculty member in the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center, he directs their hazard-planning program with a focus on community resilience and risk reduction objectives throughout the Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the UO, Josh worked for both public and private sector employers focused on land-use planning and community development projects. He currently serves on the Oregon APA Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee and is on the board of Cascadia Prepared.
Trish Garrigan has been at EPA for over twenty five years. Currently she is the Regional Healthy Watersheds and Green Infrastructure Coordinator, and is the EPA point of contact for the Massachusetts nonpoint program. She has worked on issues related to wetlands, drinking water, watershed management, green infrastructure, sustainability, and climate change adaptation. Prior to working at EPA, Trish worked at the MA Department of Environmental Protection and the MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. She has a MS in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and a BA in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Melissa A. Surette is an employee with FEMA in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently serves as the Senior Planner in the Mitigation Division and the Team Lead for Hazard Mitigation Planning. Before joining FEMA in 2009, Dr. Surette was a nuclear planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and a research analyst with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Surette earned her Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University in 2014 and her Master of Science in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2009. She is also a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).
Please note: Registration for future webcasts generally opens one month before the event.
May 2018 - Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners
July 2018 - Going Wild: Using Green Infrastructure to Conserve and Restore Habitat in the Urban Ecosystem
September 2018 - Reclaiming Lost Lands: Revitalizing Brownfields with Green Infrastructure
November 2018 - Coloring Superfund Green: Select Case Studies on Revitalization of Contaminated Sites with Green Infrastructure
Growing New Jobs With Green Infrastructure — In this webcast:
Speakers with Jobs For the Future and the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program examined the current state of the green infrastructure workforce, exploring where the jobs are, what compensation they offer, and what level of education they require. In addition, speakers projected the growth of green infrastructure jobs across the water sector and highlighted the skills and credentials that will allow workers to capitalize on new green infrastructure job opportunities.
Teach, Learn, Grow: The Value of Green Infrastructure in Schoolyards — In this webcast:
Speakers from Green Schoolyards America, the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center, and The Children & Nature Network discussed the multiple benefits of integrating green infrastructure practices into America's schoolyards, and provided attendees with on-the-ground case studies and tools that can be used to create or enhance green schoolyard initiatives in their own communities. Schools across the United States are among the most fertile grounds for green infrastructure implementation. Demonstration projects in schoolyards are living laboratories that can provide water quality benefits, create wildlife habitat, and acquaint future generations with the importance of responsible stormwater management.
Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality — In this webcast:
Speakers from the EPA Offices of Research and Development, Office of Transportation and Air Quality and Atmospheric Programs discussed innovative research on the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, specifically projects involving vegetative plantings near roads and green roofs to improve air quality. While green infrastructure can help communities manage stormwater, using vegetated systems like green roofs and tree barriers can also help improve air quality and reduce urban heat island effects. These practices shade building surfaces, deflect radiation from the sun, and release moisture into the atmosphere. Additionally, natural features such as urban forests and vegetative barriers planted near roads, in parking lots and around city centers, help to reduce the impacts of vehicle emissions and improve local air quality. Green infrastructure can assist in the reduction of particulate pollution and ground-level ozone as well as provide public health benefits.
2016 Campus RainWorks Winners — In this webcast:
EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge is a national collegiate competition that engages the next generation to design innovative solutions for real-world stormwater pollution problems. EPA invites student teams to compete in two design categories — the Master Plan category, which exampines how green infrastructure could be integrated into a broad area of a school's campus, and the Demonstration Project category, which examines how green infrastructure could be integrated into a particular site on the team's campus. This webcast featured the first place teams presenting on their winning submissions from the 5th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge just announced in April. For additional details on the winning entries, please visit our website.
EPA STAR Grants: Moving Green Infrastructure Forward — In this webcast:
EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program funds research grants in numerous environmental programs, including stormwater management. This webcast featured 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 illustrated 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 focused on the performance monitoring of urban green infrastructure practices in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
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.