West Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference

Agency: Environmental Quality


West Michigan
Green Infrastructure Conference
August 5, 2015
GVSU's Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids


The Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids was the venue for the  West Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference. This conference expanded on the 2014 statewide conference to highlight a broad range of benefits and opportunities provided by Green Infrastructure (GI) planning and preservation in western Michigan.

Along with two plenary sessions, this conference included concurrent sessions in three tracks: Finance and Policy, Stormwater and Flood Management, and Infrastructure at the Regional Scale. Optional pre-conference activities on August 4 included an evening networking event with vendors at the Eberhard Center and three sponsored field trips: Grand Rapids Green Infrastructure Tour; Holland Green Infrastructure Tour; and Muskegon—Lakeshore Trail Green Infrastructure Bicycle Tour.

View the Conference Agenda

View Speaker Biographies and Presentation Abstracts

Presentations from the Conference are posted below:

Keynote - Green Infrastructure: How did we get here?
John Kosco, Tetra Tech

Green Roofs/Green Walls
Dave MacKenzie, Hortech

Water-Focused Green Infrastructure for Multiple Benefits
David Yocca, Conservation Design Forum

Finance and Policy Track

Municipal Stormwater Policy and Financing - City of Holland
Ryan Cotton, City Manager, City of Holland

Creative Stormwater Financing - A Community Case Study
Kathy Evans, WMSRDC

Lean & Green Michigan and Property Assessed Clean Energy
Cory Connolly, Levin Energy Partners

Costs and Benefits of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management Retrofits
Bob Newport, U.S. EPA

Stormwater and Flood Management Track

Low Impact Development (LID) Design for Stormwater Management
Dr. Donald Carpenter, Lawrence Technological University

Low Impact Development for Resilience
Mike Lunn, City of Grand Rapids

LID for Flood Control and Wetland Habitat Restoration
Drin Segar, NRCS

Project Clarity - Restoring the Macatawa Watershed
Dan Callam, Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

Green Infrastructure at the Regional Scale Track

Preserving Critical, Functional Green Infrastructure
John Scholtz
Working with Land Conservancies to Preserver Green Infrastructure

April Scholtz

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in West Michigan
Dr. Paul Isely, GVSU

Ottawa County Farmland Preservation
Luke Meerman, Ottawa County Farmland Preservation Board

Healthy Waters, Working Farms
Brian Huggett, Otawatomi RC&D




Exhibitor List

  • Conservation Design Forum
  • Contech Engineered Solutions
  • DEQ - WRD
  • EJ
  • Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
  • FER-PAL Construction USA
  • Interface H2O
  • Kuert Concrete/Kuert Supply Center
  • Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • Michigan Wildflower Farm
  • MSU Extension - Michigan Natural Features Inventory
  • Remold Products, LLC
  • Unilock
  • West Michigan Environmental Council 

Conference Partners:
 West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) logo  Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC) logo      Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) logo