Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference







The first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference was held May 31 - June 2, 2017, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. The conference drew engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials (local, state, provincial, and federal), developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from around the world, including the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S.

This was the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting the surface waters in the Great Lakes region. The conference location was in the middle of the Great Lakes chain and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects. 

Attendees were inspired by these world class keynote speakers:

Palencia Mobley, Deputy Director/Chief Engineer, Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept. (Video)
Jon Allan, Director, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes 
Adam Freed, Principal, Sustainability Practice, Bloomberg Associates 
Andy Reese, Vice President, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure

Detailed Agenda
Speaker Biographies and Abstracts

This Conference was approved for up to 9 CECs for ASFPM Certified Floodplain Managers and up to 9 CEHs/PDHs for Professional Engineers.

Sponsors included: Tetra Tech, Pave Drain, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc., OHM Advisors, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, interfaceh2o, deeproot, PEA, Inc.  


This event was hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and its partners: Drummond Carpenter, Great Lakes Commission, Lawrence Tech Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, Tetra Tech, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc., Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.