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Watershed Management Group: Watershed Technical Training in Community-based Green Infrastructure

March 20, 2012
3:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 29, 2012 2:00 pmtoMarch 31, 2012 5:00 pm

Green Infrastructure (GI) is a strategy a growing number of communities are using to manage stormwater more sustainably, while using that water to irrigate vegetation that provides multiple benefits such as capturing, cleaning, and infiltrating stormwater; creating wildlife habitat; shading and cooling streets and buildings; and calming traffic. WMG has been working with community members to install neighborhood-level GI projects in Tucson since 2008. Now WMG is offering an in-depth professional training covering the “how to” of organization and design for community-led GI installations.

Introductory webinar: March 20th, 3-5pm (PDT)2011 course participants learn GI techniques hands-on.
Hands on training: March 29-31, 2012, Tucson, Arizona

Application. Please fill out an application to apply or to hold a place in this course: available in PDF or Word and submit to rslack@watershedmg.org by March 16, 2012.

Instructors. James MacAdam, WMG Green Streets/Green Neighborhoods Program Manager, Catlow Shipek, WMG Senior Program Manager, James DeRoussel, RLA, also with WMG, will lead this hands-on technical training in community-based green infrastructure best practices.

Training Curriculum. The focus of this technical training will be on retrofitting and redevelopment. Learning will be achieved through a blend of classroom lectures, site assessments, design exercises, and a hands on workshop. This training draws on WMG’s experience working with neighborhoods and local governments to install GI in the Southwest. While WMG’s focus is on southwestern neighborhoods the intent is for the knowledge gained in this training to be transferable to other regions.

The training will cover:

    • GI Integrated design
    • Technical application of GI in a variety of urban environments
    • Maintenance and problem solving
    • Community engagement
    • Policy & permitting
    • Tools for overcoming municipal concerns

WMG’s goal is to transfer this advanced technical knowledge to professionals, educators, and community activists who will implement these practices in their work and teach others. This course may be particularly appropriate for landscape architects, architects, permaculture designers, developers, engineers, policy makers, restoration ecologists and community activists.

Training Schedule. ?An introductory webinar, which is part of the course, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th, 3pm (PDT). The technical training will follow, upon the conclusion of Arid LID 2012 conference on Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid Environments, from 2 pm on Thursday, March 29th, to Saturday, March 31st, at 5pm.

2011 course participants present GI case scenario design plans at the end of the course.Food. Snacks, water and lunch are included in the course fee.

Fees. $500. Discounts of $50 are available to alumni of previous WMG trainings and AridLID 2012 conference participants.

Scholarships. WMG offers a limited number of scholarships of $50 to $200 to help defray the cost of the course. To be considered for a scholarship, please include a description of your financial need where directed on the application. We will review your needs and let you know if your request has been successful. For more information email Rhiwena Slack at rslack@watershedmg.org or call 520-396-3266.

To apply for the course or to hold a place in this course, please fill out the Technical Training application form available in PDF or Word, and submit to rslack@watershedmg.org.

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