Managing stormwater, reducing pollution and complying with federal water
quality regulations are a challenge for urban areas across the United
States. Parks are critical infrastructure to communities providing natural
areas, recreation, community gathering spaces and cooling from urban heat,
among many other benefits. They also can enhance greater resilience in
communities for cleaner water, reduced localized flooding, and clean air
through the installation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI),
including rain gardens, bioswales and green roofs.
There are many steps to this process, from pilot installations to a park
systemwide GSI operation — such as securing public support, financing,
ensuring compatible landscape design, managing construction materials and
operations, performing ongoing maintenance, and communicating successes.
The Green Stormwater Infrastructure Certificate program provides park and
recreation professionals the knowledge and tools to promote, oversee,
advance and operate GSI in their park systems. Park and recreation
professionals will be armed to work collaboratively across departments and
partnerships to enhance their community resilience with GSI in parks.
The Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Certificate provides a
comprehensive step-by-step learning forum online in nine-course modules and
a review course module. This certificate program provides participants the
assurance and foundation to successfully oversee a GSI project or program —
from planning to evaluation and every step in between. Each course is about
30 to 60 minutes in length, provides real case studies and knowledge checks
for successful knowledge advancement. The online courses have been designed
for the working professional in mind and can be completed in small parts,
whether you have 10 minutes or an hour.
Who Should Enroll?
This program is designed for park and recreation professionals, community
partners, public works and planners who are seeking to build resilience in
their community through Green Stormwater Infrastructure in parks.