APALACHICOLA – The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will host a day long workshop, “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience,” on Thursday, April 30th 2015, from 9:00am-4:30pm. Professional credits are available for planners and floodplain managers.

Green Infrastructure is a network of natural areas that benefits nature and people. The green infrastructure approach to planning helps communities balance environmental and economic goals. This course, led by staff at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management Training Center, will introduce participants to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts that play a critical role in making communities more resilient. Through lectures, group exercises, discussions, and local speaker presentations, featuring examples of green infrastructure projects in Florida, participants will learn what they can do to support the implementation of green infrastructure in their communities.

“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,” says Lauren Long with the NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.

Participants in the course will learn green infrastructure terms and concepts, understand the ecological, economic, and societal benefits of green infrastructure and the wide variety of contexts and scales of approaches referred to as “green infrastructure” today. They will identify new or existing planning processes suitable for integrating green infrastructure concepts and techniques, and identify local green infrastructure activities and experts with additional information and resources.

This course is designed for planners, public works officials, city managers, conservation commission and planning board members, and others interested in decision-making related to increasing coastal resilience. Six hours of certification maintenance credits for this course have been approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Five core continuing education credits have been approved for certified floodplain managers.

Seating is limited to 50. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/k1AbxGOgNh   Participants must pre-register by April 15th.The workshop is free and registration is required. Participants can bring their lunch or bring $10.00 and lunch will be provided. For more information please contact Anita Grove at 850-670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us or Margo Posten 850-670-7719 or Margaret.Posten@dep.state.fl.us