Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference

Detroit, Michigan
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
 1 Washington Boulevard
 Detroit, Michigan 48226

Join us for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2017, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. This conference is drawing 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.
Cobo Center Waterfront photo

This is 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 time is right for a comprehensive look at this important topic.

The conference location is in the middle of the Great Lakes chain and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects. 

This conference will include over 130 speakers to address such topics as:

Green Infrastructure Technology
  • Hydrology: land modification and runoff volume, pollutant loading, modeling & monitoring, groundwater quality impacts associated with GI
  • Low Impact Development (LID): LID standards and templates, design, construction, maintenance
  • Green infrastructure BMPs: Raingardens/bioretention cells, vegetated roofs and walls, pervious pavement, rainwater harvest/reuse, tree boxes/devices, manufactured treatment systems.
  • Innovation: research news, university projects, technology, case studies, grey-green hybrid systems
  • Funding GI: stormwater utilities, innovative/alternative financing, LEED stormwater credits
  • SRF financing of green infrastructure, financing barriers
  • Benefits/costs: cost/benefit of using green vs grey, asset management planning, Triple-bottom-line benefits, benefits to the Great Lakes and “Blue Economy,” O & M costs
  • Frameworks for partnering: Community-based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3), Stormwater credit trading
Local Government/Public Works
  • Integrated Storm water Management: planning, design, construction, maintenance
  • Ordinance and policy development to support green infrastructure, urban forestry, collaborating across departments and jurisdictions
  • Design Standards and Guidelines; crediting for vegetative areas/tree canopy
  • Operation & Maintenance: financing/funding, maintaining multiple sites, workforce development/certification
  • Combined vs. Separated Systems: planning and implementation, using vacant land, conservation
  • Transportation: Green Streets, Complete Streets, local and regional planning
  • Meeting federal, state, and local regulations.
Multi-jurisdictional/Regional Scale
  • Regional planning and policy considerations, cooperation across boundaries
  • Habitat, greenways, connectivity, recreation, water towns, placemaking
  • Sustainability: climate change, hazard mitigation (flood protection), biodiversity, ecosystem resiliency.
  • Public engagement, education, outreach and partnerships
  • Great Lakes quality and resiliency
  • Coastal green infrastructure:  resiliency, flooding, coastal protection
  • Wet weather water quality impacts
Miscellaneous Topics:
  • Green infrastructure in urban and rural agriculture
  • Industry
  • Global initiatives
  • Volunteer programs
Field Tours:
The third day of this conference will offer five concurrent tours of local points of interest highlighting what Detroit is doing in terms of Green Infrastructure, Stormwater Management, and CSO Control.  Much of Detroit is being recreated from the ground up. Together, city leaders, non-profit organizations and industry experts are finding ways to reduce the burden on combined sewers for less than the cost of storing and treating combined effluent. They are making neighborhoods feel safer and more inviting and increasing green acreage over the top of thriving industry. These efforts benefit not just the city, but also the Great Lakes - by reducing nutrient inputs to Lake Erie, and all Great Lakes’ and St Lawrence waters downstream.

Don’t miss out! Come be part of what is happening to advance green infrastructure within the Great Lakes’ watershed in 2017! 

This Conference has been approved for up to 9 CECs for ASFPM Certified Floodplain Managers.
This event is hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and its partners.

    DEQ logo Drummond Carpenter logoGreat Lakes Commission logo Lawrence Tech Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute logo  Tetra Tech logo Office of the Great Lakes logo ECT logo  SEMCOG logo  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative


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