Green Infrastructure Workshop and Vendor Fair

Please join us Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA for a day-long workshop on

Nuts & Bolts of Green Infrastructure

Design and Construction

for Developers, Designers, Contractors

and Municipal Officials

Promoting Clean Water,
Greening our Streets and Neighborhoods

Vendor Fair "Speed Dating"

Mike makes noise to alert the "speed daters" that it's time to rotate to the next booth!


8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:20 Welcome, introductions, overview of the day and interactive exercise including how to get the most out of the vendor fair and participation in interactive polling exercise
9:20-10:00 Design and construction considerations and process on green infrastructure BMPs Major steps in the process and important considerations; which practice makes sense where, and special considerations for using a suite of BMPs
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:45 The nitty gritty of design and construction on three green infrastructure projects (Case Studies) A virtual tour and technical information about how projects were designed, permitted, constructed, as well as information on cost and maintenance.
  • Streetside bioretention in a downtown (Douglas Clark, P.E., City of Pittsfield and Jon Dietrich, Fuss & O’Neill )
  • Porous paving and bioretention on a University campus (Edward Marshall, ASLA, Stephen Stimson Associates )
  • Gravel wetlands in a municipal park (Michael F. Clark, Polaris Consultants LLC )
11:45-12:15 Ask the experts (facilitated discussion) Ask questions, exchange ideas, and share your experience on green infrastructure construction and design with a panel of practitioners
12:15-1:00 Lunch and Networking Activities (free box lunch provided)
1:00-3:00 Vendor fair Vendors and contractors representing the range of materials and services used for stormwater green infrastructure projects fill a room to showcase their products. Participants “speed date” with the vendors to learn about the New England network of materials, resources, and contractors involved in green infrastructure
3:00 4:00 Key tools and resources to help practitioners design, construct, and maintain Green Infrastructure systems Specific resources and tools used by practitioners in design, construction, and maintenance of green infrastructure BMPs
4:00-4:15 Next steps
  • Soak up the Rain website as a tool for communicating with the public about green infrastructure
  • Upcoming related events

For program information, contact Patty Gambarini
For registration information, contact Françoise Hatte
For vendor information, contact Myra Schwartz

Sponsors:  USEPA Region 1  ***  Pioneer Valley Planning Commission  ***  Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center

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PVPC participation supported through the  Connecticut River Stormwater Committee and a HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative Regional Planing Grant for the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor project