Posts Tagged ‘green infrastructure’


In this short video, discover the damaging effects of stormwater runoff and how you can help protect, preserve, and restore Coastal Georgia’s water quality and natural resources.

“Coastal Georgia’s Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management,” can be viewed here https://vimeo.com/193902038

To learn more, visit:

Ecoscapes Sustainable Land Use Program, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Georgia Forestry Commission

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Suwanee, GA
At the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Third Quarterly Program, we’ll spotlight stormwater projects around the state that involve trees and green infrastructure, such as the rain gardens at Macon’s Mercer University and the Town Green in Rome, Georgia. What works? What doesn’t? What are the preferred trees to plant for these types of projects? Speakers sharing their expertise will include landscape architects Brad Jones and Andrea Greco of Jacobs Engineering and Todd Fuller of HGOR. After lunch (provided), we’ll get a guided walking tour of the Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden, which grew to life with strong community commitment after the devastating 2008 middle Georgia tornado that destroyed 90% of the trees and plantings of the original gardens. We’ll enjoy learning about the many distinct sections: Asian Shade Trees, The Chinese Garden, the Evergreen Oak LEGACY_Arborist_servicesGrove, the Fragrance Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Native Mesic Grove, the Native Sub-Xeric Grove, the Native Wetland Grove, the Scholars Garden, the Spring Garden, and the Summer Garden.

Date and Time: August 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Middle Georgia State College, 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206, in the Math Building

Registration: $40, member; $50 non-member at http://www.gufc.org

3 ISA Certified Arborist CEUS and 3 SAF Forestry CFEs, category 1 will be available. A professional development certificate of attendance will be available to landscape architects and others.

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Arbor Day Foundation is working with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability on a project for National Association of Regional Councils. The goal of the project is to design tools that regional councils can use to promote robust and growing urban forestry programs among their member municipalities.

Our first step is a survey which will help sketch the current landscape for green infrastructure and urban forestry. Because this issue is important to the entire urban forestry community, we’ve agreed to distribute the survey to the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry conference attendees, and we sincerely hope you will respond. It should take less than 20 minutes of your time – and we believe the results will be useful to the entire urban forestry community.

Please note that the survey is being distributed by at least six different organizations and professional groups, so you’re likely to get several requests. Please submit only one response.

Also, with so many different disciplines responding, we urge that you provide your contact details – at least your title – at the end of the survey. This will help the Virginia Tech team analyze similarities and differences among the multiple disciplines involved in urban forestry and green infrastructure.

By clicking on the link below, you’ll go right to the survey.

Questions? Please contact Larry Wiseman at 202-258-0220 or ldwiseman@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. We expect to share results sometime this summer.

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The 2014 issue of SHADE is brimming with informative articles on creating green infrastructure, the public health benefits of trees and green spaces, re-greening to reduce stormwater flow, controlling the risk and managing the liability of trees, creating urban orchards, saluting Georgia Tree Campus USAs, the urban forestry accomplishments of volunteers and practitioners from around the state and so much more. We hope you enjoy Shade Magazine in this new format! Click here for your copy.

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Green infrastructure can be defined as “the interconnected natural systems and ecological processes that provide clean water, air quality and wildlife habitat.” Virginia’s Green Infrastructure Center notes that these systems sustain a community’s social, economic, and environmental health. Karen Firehock, Director of the Green Infrastructure Center, led us through the processes of incorporating GI into community planning at the 23rd Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program, October 23 and 24, 2013. This conference also included a track for colleges and universities.

PowerPoint presentations from “Tree Canopy and Green Infrastructure: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities,” including Karen Firehock and Mike Beezhold, Senior Planner, CDM Smith, and former Watershed Manager, Lenexa Public Works, Lenexa, KS, and Dr. Graeme Lockaby of the Center for Forest Sustainability, Auburn University, and many other speakers can be downloaded at http://www.gufc.org.

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Green Infrastructure Training Scholarships Available for County Officials and Staff

With support from the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, the National Association of Counties (NACo) invites you to apply for a scholarship to attend the upcoming Strategic Conservation Planning Using the Green Infrastructure Approach training course from The Conservation Fund. The course runs from September 26 to 30 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Scholarships will pay the $950.00 registration fee. Attendees will need to cover room, board and travel costs.

For more information on the training course please click here.

Applications are due September 1, 2011.

To apply, email Cindy Wasser at cwasser@naco.org or call at 202-942-4274.

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The Conservation Fund, with support from the US Forest Service, is hosting a series of free webinars starting in September that will present cutting-edge topics on green infrastructure planning initiatives and applications.

Webinar #1: Using Green Infrastructure to Prevent Disease Vectors

Explore how Green Infrastructure contributes to human health through this fascinating look at preventing transmission of disease vectors through ecosystem management and land use strategies.

Date: September 21, 2011
Time: 1:00-3:00pm Eastern
Registration: Watch for information on how to register in September!

This program will provide a brief introduction of the underlying principles and benefits and outlining points of synergy between green infrastructure and management of disease vectors. Montira Pongsiri, PhD, MPH, of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Science Advisor, will highlight EPA’s research on landscape techniques that support disease prevention and reduction and discuss opportunities to connect community planning initiatives with management of vector-borne diseases. Matt Nicholson, PhD, Landscape Ecologist with EPA, Region 3, will share his research on the use of Green Infrastructure planning and assessment at a variety of scales to manage tick-borne diseases.

Webinar #2: International Applications of Green Infrastructure

Date: October 2011 (Date TBD)

Hear the latest on how green infrastructure is being implemented in countries around the world, and engage in an interesting compare and contrast conversation! 

Webinar #3: Military Implementation of Green Infrastructure

Date: November 16, 2011
Time: 1:00-3:00pm Eastern

Representatives from the US Air Force, US Army, and US Marine Corps will discuss how green infrastructure has played a role on their military installations and their plans for the future.

This post taken directly from The Conservation Fund: http://www.conservationfund.org/GI_webinar_series

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