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Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

May 25, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Save The Bay, Providence, RI

6 AICP and 5 CFM credits offered

Natural and nature-based green infrastructure practices can play a critical role in making Rhode Island's coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. In this introductory course, fundamental concepts and practices were reviewed and local speakers shared lessons learned from specific projects and programs.


  • 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
  • Manage the challenges and opportunities for implementing green infrastructure in coastal areas
  • Identify new or existing planning processes suitable for integrating green infrastructure techniques
  • Connect with local green infrastructure activities and experts

Target audiences: Local staff and officials (planners, DPW staff, board members, etc.), hazard mitigation, stormwater management, and floodplain management practitioners, natural resource managers, NGO staff, and others working on coastal resilience issues

This workshop was sponsored by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve, RI CRMC, URI Coastal Resources Center, Save The Bay, Restore America's Estuaries, and the Department of the Interior.


Presentations & Materials


Speaker Information

Projects & Ideas (group activity)

Barriers & Solutions (group activity)

~~~~~PowerPoint Presentations~~~~~

Green Infrastructure Concepts & Principles, the Practice of Green Infrastructure, & Implementing Green Infrastructure John Rozum, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Local Landscape Conservation: Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) Project Caitlin Chaffee, RI Coastal Resources Management Council

Living Shorelines Academy: A New Tool for Outreach, Collaboration, & Decision-making Suzanne Giles Simon, Restore America’s Estuaries

Coastal Adaptation Projects in RI: Strategies to Adapt to Sea Level Rise Wenley Ferguson, Save The Bay

Community/Site Scale Projects: A Tour of Green Infrastructure in RI (with a stop in Newport!) Pam Rubinoff, URI Coastal Resource Center/RI Sea Grant | Scott Wheeler, City of Newport

Long-range planning & zoning: Zion Bible Campus Redevelopment Phil Hervey, Town of Barrington

Doing more with less: collaborating to face the challenges of the future Kate Michaud, Town of Warren


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