Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Practice and What's Next - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE

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Since its Green Infrastructure Plan in 2010, New York City has built thousands of green infrastructure projects. The Gowanus watershed in Brooklyn was one of the city's first combined sewer watersheds to pilot many green infrastructure practices. Find out about lessons learned from plans, implemented projects, and maintenance and education programs.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 920026649, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the basic types of green infrastructure, how they work, and how they are being creatively adapted and applied in urban environments.
  • Understand and be able to clearly and concisely communicate the benefits, co-benefits, limitations and ongoing maintenance needs of Green Infrastructure to successfully incorporate green infrastructure in your design projects.
  • Understand key maintenance and operations challenges and considerations for green infrastructure and the role that Landscape Architects must play in designing and advocating for long term management.
  • Walk away with concrete examples of successes and failures in urban green infrastructure projects from an urban environment (New York City) over the last decade.

Pippa Brashear, ASLA


SCAPE Landscape Architecture

Resilience Principal at SCAPE, Pippa is a leading national expert on resilience planning and design. She works with multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement landscape strategies and next-century infrastructure that integrate environmental, economic and social benefits. She leads both planning and built work teams within the firm, including SCAPE's Living Breakwaters project–approximately 2,400 linear feet of near-shore "breakwaters" designed to reduce risk and provide habitat for local marine life currently in construction off the shore of Staten Island. Her projects integrate systems thinking; natural and nature-based systems; engineering methods; and knowledge of implementation pathways to realize effective resilient design.

Eric Rothstein

Managing Partner

eDesign Dynamics LLC

Mr. Rothstein’s career has focused on ecosystem restoration and water resources planning within urban centers. He currently leads multiple teams investigating and designing sustainable water resource projects and habitat restorations across the United States and its territories include New York City, Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and throughout the Northeast. His international work includes water resource and ecosystem planning in Grenada, Nepal, Sao Paulo, Brazil, rural Rwanda, and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Andrea Parker, ASLA

Executive Director

Gowanus Canal Conservancy

As the Executive Director of Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Andrea works to empower a community of environmental stewards and advocates in the rapidly changing Gowanus Watershed. As an instructor at City College of New York, she engages landscape architecture students with the complex ecological, economic and cultural forces at play in New York’s dynamic urban ecology. Her previous work as a landscape designer and gardener provides a pragmatic understanding of how landscapes are designed, built and maintained. She received a BA from the University of Chicago, studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College, and received a MLA from the University of Virginia.


Video: Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure
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11 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  9/11 points to pass
11 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  9/11 points to pass
8 Questions
Certificate - LA CES PDH
1.50 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
Certificate - GBCI SITES-Specific CE
1.00 GBCI SITES-Specific CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 GBCI SITES-Specific CE credit  |  Certificate available
Session Guide
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Open to download resource.