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May 15, 2019 - Bay City - DoubleTree by Hilton
May 17, 2019 - Dearborn - U of M Dearborn - Fairlane Center South

Sessions are limited to 50.

The Michigan Coastal Management Program, Michigan Sea Grant, and Michigan State University Extension are excited to invite you to a one-day training workshop, Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience. Green infrastructure practices play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards and threats to water quality that are characteristic of living on the coast. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management will lead participants through the fundamentals of green infrastructure, including concepts, various practices, and the wide variety of benefits it provides. Through presentations featuring local speakers, group discussions, and activities, participants will learn what they can do to support green infrastructure in their local communities.

Course participants from land use planning, conservation planning, hazard mitigation, stormwater management, floodplain management, and local government departments will learn how to:

  • Differentiate green infrastructure terms and concepts
  • Identify the ecological, economic, and societal benefits of green infrastructure
  • Recognize the wide variety of scales of approaches referred to as “green infrastructure”
  • Identify new or existing planning processes suitable for integrating green infrastructure techniques
  • Connect with local green infrastructure activities and experts


  8:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

  9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Workshop Goals and Objectives

  9:20 a.m.  Section 1: Green Infrastructure Concepts and Principles

  9:55 a.m.  Section 2: The Practice of Green Infrastructure

10:25 a.m. – Break

10:35 a.m. – Local Landscape Conservation

11:05 a.m. – Local Community/Site Scale Green Infrastructure

11:35 a.m. – Section 2: The Practice of Green Infrastructure - continued (activity)

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

12:45 p.m.  Section 2: The Practice of Green Infrastructure - continued (activity debrief)

  1:00 p.m.  Local Shoreline Protection

  1:30 p.m.  Section 3: Implementing Green Infrastructure

  2:05 p.m.  Break

  2:15 p.m.  Local Plans, Regulations, or Policies Supporting Green Infrastructure

  2:45 p.m.  Group Discussion on Challenges and Solutions

  4:00 p.m.  Wrap-up and Adjourn


COST: $45 (includes lunch) 


Alana Berthold



Madeleine Gorman, Coastal Water Quality Coordinator
517-284-5042 |



Matt Tomlinson
517-284-6888 |

*Note: Please make requests for mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance necessary for effective participation, no less than 10 business days prior to the scheduled event. Requests received after that date cannot be guaranteed, though efforts will be made to provide accommodation.


Six hours of certification maintenance credits for this course have been approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Five core continuing education credits have been approved for certified floodplain managers.