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Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference - Protecting Water Resources and Promoting Economic Development

Agency: Environmental Quality

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Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference
 

Green Infrastructure:

A broad term that includes interconnected natural systems and ecological processes that provide clean water, clean air, and wildlife habitat. It includes natural areas such as grasslands, forests, wetlands and riparian areas. It also includes.


A major Green Infrastructure Conference was held in Lansing on May 8-9, 2014. This conference was a natural outgrowth of the Governor’s 2012 Special Message on Energy and the Environment. The Governor identified green infrastructure (GI) as a way to improve water quality in Michigan and create recreational space at the same time. The conference expanded on this theme to highlight a broad range of benefits and opportunities provided by green infrastructure planning and preservation at local and regional scales. “How-to” presentations and case studies were highlighted.

Experts discussed what’s being done to advance GI at the federal and state levels. The regional and local levels focused on codes and ordinances, funding, cost/benefits, and partnerships.  The site-specific level featured presentations on preparation, design, placement, sizing, and maintenance of structural and vegetative controls.

Continuing Education Information
The Green Infrastructure Conference does qualify for continuing education and professional development hours. Determination of qualifying credit must be made by the certification/licensee holder. With a broad range of opportunities to earn professional development hours (PDH), it is up to the certification/licensee holder to determine if the content of this conference qualifies for PDH with your Board’s requirements.

This conference consisted of 5.0 contact hours on May 8, and 6.0 contact hours on May 9, and was approved for the following:

  • Up to 11.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH).
  • Up to 11.0 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Professional Engineers, Architects, and Professional Surveyors.
  • Up to 11.0 Total Number ASPFM Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Certified Floodplain Managers.

Additional Resources:
Online Resources
Financing Green Infrastructure in Michigan
Lawrence Technological University Stormwater Institute LID Tour


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