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Starting September 09 2013, 08:30 AM
Ending September 12 2013, 12:00 PM

GI 201

GI 201: Implementing Green Infrastructure at Multiple Scales

The 2nd offering of this pilot course provides participants with applications and techniques for the implementation of Green Infrastructure at multiple scales. Building off of The Conservation Fund’s Strategic Conservation Planning Using a Green Infrastructure Approach Course, this offering will examine the next steps for on-the-ground implementation of green infrastructure focusing on how to obtain a maximum return-on-investment so that projects are streamlined and delivered at least cost, while retaining the viability of the network. The four-day course highlights leadership and stakeholder engagement, financing and network management, legal and regulatory issues, and support tools for the optimization of the decision-making process. Hear from expert green infrastructure practitioners as they discuss lessons learned on creating success and overcoming challenges, explore trends in implementation from urban to regional scales, and learn about the latest applications of green infrastructure as related to climate change, water, transportation, and ecosystem services.


Course Objectives


  • Explore trends and applications of Green Infrastructure implementation strategies from the urban/ site scale to the regional/landscape scale
  • Survey the critical components of the implementation process including sustained leadership and stakeholder engagement, priority setting and decision-making, and financing
  • Showcase implementation tools for the management and maintenance of networks, overcoming legal liability and regulatory barriers, and working with existing plans
  • Explore implementation strategies for green infrastructure as it relates to water quality / quantity issues, climate change adaptation, and transportation and grey infrastructure project delivery





Tuition for this course is $650.

To apply, please complete and submit the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM by Friday, August 16, 2013. Note: The registration process below is for individuals that have already been accepted. Limited scholarship assistance is available; financial need should be indicated on the application form. Please note that space is limited for attendance of this pilot course. Participants will be notified of acceptance no later than August 16th.



Target Audience


This advanced course is designed to be a collaborative learning experience for entities involved in the implementation of green infrastructure networks. Professionals should be well versed in the concepts and principles of green infrastructure; this course will be applicable to individuals from a variety of disciplines, sectors, and scales (i.e., national, regional, statewide, local). Completion of the GI 101 course (Strategic Conservation Planning Using a Green Infrastructure Approach) is recommended, but not required, as a prerequisite to attend this course.



Professional Certification


Attendees of this course will be eligible for continuing education credits from the following organizations:

  • The Wildlife Society (up to 24.5 contact hours in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (up to 22.75 credit hours)
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers (up to 12 continuting education credits)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (approval pending)



Course Length:


3.5 days



Lodging and Meals Information:


Lodging and meals are available at NCTC for $144/night (inclusive). Instructions to reserve lodging will be provided to confirmed participants.



Contact Information:


Please contact Katie Allen ( / 304-876-7925) for additional information about this course.



Other Information:


This course is offered by The Conservation Fund in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Event Location

USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


Driving directions and Shuttle Information can found at

1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300 Arlington, Virginia 22209 P: 703-525-6300 F: 703-525-4610 E: