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Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure: Taking an Audit of Local Codes and Ordinances - A Workshop for Community Planners, Engineers and Leaders

Photo: Elizabeth Alexson working in lab

Left: David Yount of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth walks on the green roof, installed in 2007, of their church at 835 West College Street in Duluth, Minnesota. Right: Another view of the green roof. Yount comments on the installation and use of a green roof in this video. Photography courtesy of Jesse Schomberg/Minnesota Sea Grant.

May 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Duluth, MN

This is a special workshop for city staff, leaders and their representatives from the cities of Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown, Proctor and Superior.

Registration required - contact one of the instructors listed below.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for city staff and leaders to discuss the role green infrastructure can play in community resilience, creating community green space and preserving and improving clean water resources. More importantly, this workshop will demonstrate tools and methods that city staff and leaders can use to evaluate their community's ordinances and codes to identify barriers to the use of green infrastructure and opportunities to change policies to support its use in communities to achieve multiple benefits.

Green infrastructure uses plants, trees and soils to help manage precipitation and stormwater runoff. Green infrastructure approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrology to protect and clean our community's water resources while at the same time creating many multiple benefits to residents, neighborhoods and the city.

The workshop will include exercises using a new code audit tool from Wisconsin Sea Grant and discussion about approaches used in pilot communities including experiences from Port Washington, Wisconsin and communities in Minnesota that have adopted the Minnesota Minimal Impact Design Standards.

The workshop is sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant, University of Minnesota Extension, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

For more information or to register to attend contact any of the instructors below:

John Bilotta
Extension Educator Water Resource Management & Policy
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program and Minnesota Land Grant Extension
(612) 624-7708
jbilotta@umn.edu
Jesse Schomberg
Program Leader and Coastal Communities Extension Educator
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
(218) 726-6182
jschombe@d.umn.edu
Julia Noordyk
Water Quality and Coastal Community Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
(920) 465-2795
noordykj@uwgb.edu

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