Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance, and Projects

This half-day course provides attendees with a review of various vegetative technologies in urban areas (i.e. green walls, green roofs, urban forests, rain gardens), presents the latest research on their many performance benefits, and showcases a variety of leading edge policy and program developments in cities such as Chicago, Seattle, New York and Toronto that support the greening of our cities. Ideal for policy makers and other advocates of urban greenery.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the range of possible benefits using green infrastructure

  • Learn the principles behind incorporating green infrastructure into community building projects

  • Understand the various elements and functions of green infrastructure

  • Understand the barriers to green infrastructure implementation

  • Understand the planning process designed to develop a comprehensive green infrastructure planning and implementation strategy

  • Learn about successful policies implemented in other jurisdictions



Green Infrastructure Valuation 101

The benefits of green infrastructure are well known, but difficult to value. This difficulty creates an obstacle, where green infrastructure is often not considered when making important investment and asset management decisions. The goal of this course is to help individuals, especially those in the public sector, to value the benefits provided by green infrastructure in their communities.

Course development funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Will be available soon.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the range of cost & benefits possible using different types of green infrastructure

  • Learn the principles behind economic valuation of these costs & benefits

  • Understand the methods used to monetarily value the benefits of green infrastructure

  • Learn how to apply these methods to generate values for the benefits of planned and existing green infrastructure in your community

  • Learn how to utilize these valuations to educate decision makers about the benefits of green infrastructure protection, development, maintenance and management