December 12, 2013 @ 9:30 am – December 12, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
David Brower Center, Kinzie Room
741 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94710
Heidi Nutters

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience 

We are excited to announce this workshop, developed in partnership with the San Francisco Bay NERR and NOAA Coastal Services Center.

An example of a green infrastructure curb extension in Portland, OR

Green Infrastructure incorporates the natural environment and constructed systems that mimic natural processes in an integrated network that benefits nature and people. A green infrastructure approach to community planning helps diverse community members come together to balance environmental and economic goals.

Workshop Description: This day-long workshop will include a morning introductory course and afternoon panels by local experts. Lunch and morning refreshments will be provided.

The morning course, led by NOAA Coastal Services Center staff, will introduce participants to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts that play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilience to natural hazards. Through lectures, group discussion, and exercises, participants will identify natural assets in their communities that improve coastal resilience and will identify key stakeholders and planning processes that can support green infrastructure design and protection.

During the afternoon, we will delve into the nuts and bolts of green infrastructure projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. We will hear from local experts who are implementing green infrastructure on the ground at multiple scales, from street projects to watersheds. The afternoon panels will be moderated for lively discussion.

Who Should Attend: City and county officials, Engineers, Floodplain managers, Landscape Architects, NGO’s, Planners, and other Decision Makers involved in Coastal Management Issues

Registration: Registration will be limited to 42 participants, and opens on October 14, 2013.

This workshop is being developed in partnership by the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA Coastal Services Center. In addition, an advisory committee have provided feedback on the training including participants from: San Francisco Estuary Partnership, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, California Coastal Conservancy and the Bay Institute.

Workshop Follow Up Materials 


Afternoon Panel #1: Green Infrastructure Solutions to Sea Level Rise

Sarah Richmond, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
“Nature-based flood risk reduction: Lessons from the Corte Madera Wetlands on wave attenuation”
Jeremy Lowe, ESA PWA
“Green Infrastructure Solutions to Sea Level Rise: What, Where, When, Why”
Christian Nilsen, ReNUWit, Stanford University
“Sustainable solutions to wastewater systems in the face of sea level rise”

Afternoon Panel #2: Nuts and Bolts of Green Infrastructure Projects on the Ground
Jennifer Krebs, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
“Bay Area Green Infrastructure Projects: Collaborations between local governments and water agencies”
Carol Mahoney, Zone 7 Water Agency
“The Land Beyond the Trapezoid: A Flood Protection Perspective on LID/GI as Disruptive Technology”
Matthew Fabry, San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program
“Sustainable Streets: Putting Green Infrastructure to Work in the Public Right of Way”
Peter Schultze-Allen, EOA Consulting
“Green Infrastructure and LID: Integrated Planning and Projects”