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Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Certificate Program

Description:

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.

Program Overview:

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.

CEUs: 1.2

$420.00
$600.00
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Greener Parks for Health Webinar Series

Across the nation, low-income and communities of color are disproportionately experiencing the damaging impacts of climate-related weather events such as flooding and extreme storm surges. With a history of under-investment and discriminatory policies, these marginalized communities are frequently located in areas with failing public infrastructure, which includes a lack of access to quality parks and green spaces. These conditions put undue strain on the physical well-being, mental health and environmental living conditions of residents, while also leaving them ill-equipped to prepare, mitigate and recover from extreme events.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is working to equip park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for and plan green infrastructure projects in parks to address climate impacts, improve community well-being and advance equitable access to quality green spaces and parks. This webinar series will highlight findings from the Greener Parks for Health project, including evidence connecting green infrastructure to improved health as well as green infrastructure focused targeted messaging, policy and funding mechanisms, and case studies.
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Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships

Participate in a review and discussion of a recently commissioned, NRPA study that provides a better understanding of the relationship between local park and recreation agencies and nonprofit foundations. The discussion will focus on what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships.

CEU's: N/A

$35.00
$50.00
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Growing People, Growing Organizations in the Aquatics Field

This presentation will touch on topics that anyone in leadership can utilize to grow and retain staff. Join to walk through methods that have been proven to work. Hear from Christina Weiss, district aquatic director for YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Virginia, as she covers existing partnerships that have thrived after the pandemic shutdown and new partnerships that have helped her grow her staff. Weiss will talk through how she has been able to retain the majority of her staff for a minimum of 3 years, some even longer. At the end of the session, participants will share new or "out of the box" ways they have found to grow their staff.

CEU's: 0.1

$35.00
$50.00
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Health Equity in Parks and Recreation: Framework for Action

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the NRPA Health Equity framework and guidance for its application within park and recreation programs and services.

CEUs: n/a

$0.00
$0.00
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Hiring Operations Staff During the Great Resignation

Recruiting, hiring and onboarding new staff members has been uniquely challenging during the past year. Join your colleagues in an open-ended, peer learning and brainstorming session to discover innovative solutions from the field.

CEU's: n/a

$35.00
$50.00
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Hiring the Homeless: City of Boise's Successful Work Program

This webinar focuses on how park and recreation professionals can partner with local shelters to successfully identify, process, hire and supervise people in their community experiencing homelessness. In Boise, Idaho, the parks and recreation department hires individuals from the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter. This groundbreaking work program, now entering its third year, has been very successful with numerous participants graduating into seasonal roles with the department. Former Interfaith Sanctuary guests have moved into their own apartments and purchased homes and vehicles as a result of the opportunity provided through the program. Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation, outlines how you can start a similar program while discussing some of the challenges and success stories that have made this program a model for other cities across the country.

CEU's: N/A

$35.00
$50.00
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Hiring to Reflect the Community You Serve

The traditional hiring practices in a civil service system are flawed and contain numerous barriers to employing a workforce that is reflective of the citizens we serve. In an effort to combat this imperfect system, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation used a project-based approach to flip the narrative in recruiting and hiring entry-level recreation leaders. The new system consists of a predetermined timeline, targeted recruitment, community-based information sessions, and a total rethinking of the civil service exam and how it is scored. The changes resulted in our most diverse civil service list to date. This speed session will quickly walk participants through the process, to show other agencies how they can implement a similar process to ensure a representative workforce.
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How Parks Can Take Action in State Wildlife Plans

Park and recreation professionals plan, manage, program and maintain 11 million acres of public parks and green spaces across the country. With such a significant influence, these professionals are poised to advance community-driven climate solutions that can help conserve wildlife and protect vital habitat as well as build a healthy, more resilient and equitable future for generations to come.

CEU's: n/a

$0.00
$0.00
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How Parks, Green Infrastructure and Health Are Connected

The first webinar of the Greener Parks for Health series will introduce you to NRPA's Greener Parks for Health initiative highlighting the important role that parks play in fostering community and climate resiliency through green infrastructure. The speakers will overview climate impacts communities are facing, discuss how it impacts health and promote greener parks as a solution to improving overall community well-being.

CEUs: N/A

$0.00
$0.00
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