Creating and Connecting the Green Infrastructure Workforce
Part of the Soak Up the Rain webinar series created by US EPA New England.
Building a greener future requires a specialized workforce that can design, build, and maintain green infrastructure.
Training programs such as the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) offer opportunities to develop the skills and experience needed to meet the growing demand for installation and maintenance of green infrastructure projects.
In Boston, innovative training programs are teaching proper green infrastructure installation and maintenance techniques to promote a healthier city with equitable access to green space and its associated benefits.
The growing demand for street trees, rain gardens, parks, greenways, and other nature-based solutions in community environmental and public health projects requires a larger green workforce in both the public and private sectors.
This webinar will cover several green infrastructure training programs in the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Speakers will discuss strategies to connect businesses with graduates of green infrastructure training programs as demand for these skills increases in the Boston area.
Case studies will demonstrate how investment in green jobs training can lead to more sustainable green infrastructure programs that improve the health of local communities and secure jobs for local residents.
A Two-Part Webinar Series
Thursday September 16, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday September 23, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) is launching a new two-part webinar series offering an introduction to green infrastructure that will answer the question: What is green infrastructure and why should you care?
Have you heard terms like green infrastructure, natural infrastructure, nature-based solutions, and low impact development and wondered what they mean and how they differ?
This webinar series will define key terms, explain the benefits and services that green infrastructure provides, and give specific examples of green infrastructure solutions, as well as explaining how green infrastructure has been incorporated into policy at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
Who Should Attend:
This webinar is for anyone who is new to the idea of green infrastructure and wants to deepen their understanding.
The Other Watershed Cycle – Monitoring, Planning, and Restoration
Description: As watershed practitioners, we are familiar with the “living” cycle of activities that links watershed planning to implementation and back again.
Presentations in this webinar will directly connect watershed monitoring to planning, to active implementation, and back again. It will showcase a range of Conservation Authority (CA) experiences in developing integrated monitoring programs and using them to inform other CA programs (such as watershed planning and restoration).
It will also share first steps and strategies for getting local buy-in and expanding monitoring programs beyond provincial networks.
Format of Webinar: The webinar will feature a presentation by Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, followed by shorter presentations from Credit Valley Conservation and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, and a moderated panel discussion with opportunity for audience questions.
Ontario Parks Association (OPA) is excited to announce that we have added a Trails Specialist Workshop to our course lineup for 2021.
This two-day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document, and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction, and maintenance.
The workshop combines in-classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave with a tool kit for how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program.
The City of Owen Sound has graciously offered to host our Trails Specialist Workshop at the beautiful Harrison Park.
PLEASE NOTE: this event will be held in both indoor and outdoor settings and masks will be requested. Hand sanitizer and COVID screening protocols will also be in place.