Best in the West Regional Webinar Series: Green Infrastructure & Resiliency in the Community | U.S. Green Building Council

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Best in the West Regional Webinar Series: Green Infrastructure & Resiliency in the Community

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Starts On - June 29, 2017 - 12:00pm
Ends On - June 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Green infrastructure has direct and indirect benefits that make communities more resilient.

The U.S. Western region continually faces challenges of earthquakes, fires, and extreme weather and side effects from expected and unexpected situations. Fortunately, those in the West are resilient, and we bounce back.

Green infrastructure can often be a conduit for enhanced community resilience from major shocks, such as flood and drought, to ongoing issues, including water, health or social justice.

At the city scale, green infrastructure has multiple benefits that support the community but are often undervalued or installed in a silo. At the building scale, green infrastructure, such as green roofs, can support stormwater regulations, reduce energy costs, localized flooding and heat island.

This webinar will walk through case studies where green infrastructure supports greater community resilience.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the community benefits of green infrastructure
  2. Explain how municipal how community resilence can be guided by regulatory stormwater requirements
  3. Discuss how a community can start prioritizing and building resilience in the community
  4. Navigate resources provided by USGBC library & tools on resilience


  • Russ Sands - Senior Planner, Brendle Group
  • Greg Guibert - Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boulder
  • Basil Hamdan -Stormwater Quality Engineer, City of Fort Collins
  • Elizabeth Beardsley - Senior Policy Counsel, USGBC

Continuing education hours — This webinar is approved for 1 AIA learning unit and is pending 1 GBCI hour.

About the Best in the West Regional Webinar Series
To bring more education across the western region, there has been a collaborative effort between nine western USGBC communities. Each webinar will focus on a regional issue and hosted by a different community every two months for the 2017 year. Stay tuned for more webinar announcements.