Introduction to National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP)

August 26-30, 2019

When and Where:

August 26-30th at CCH Kapolei Hale Groud Floor Conference Rooms located 1000 Uluohia Street, Kapolei, HI 96707. The course requires attendees to attend all 5 days in order to qualify for certification. Lunch and refreshments provided.

About

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) was created by the Water and Environment Federation (WEF) and DC Water to create industry standards for constructing, inspecting and maintaining green infrastructure (GI) systems (www.ngicp.org). GI has been growing in demand over the last decade in the field of stormwater management. It is a practice that restores or biomimics natural processes to capture, filter, recharge and/or (re)use stormwater to reduce pollution and flooding. Some of the more common GI best management practices include bioretention, permeable pavement, dry wells and rainwater catchment. Although municipalities across the country (including those in Hawaii) are requiring GI to be installed to manage stormwater quality onsite for new construction or re-development, GI is still a relatively new field with few trained professionals available to construct, inspect and maintain the systems. The lack of proper training or industry-based standards and practices can affect the overall success the of the GI system. The NGICP serves to fill this gap, while building and growing the green workforce. The presentation provides an overview of the background, content and requirements of the NGICP program.

What is NGCIP:

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) was created by the Water and Environment Federation (WEF) and DC Water to create industry standards for constructing, inspecting and maintaining green infrastructure (GI) systems (www.ngicp.org). Green infrastructure is a practice that restores or mimics the natural processes to capture, filter, recharge and/or (re)use stormwater to reduce pollution and flooding. Some of the more common GI best management practices include bioretention, permeable pavement, dry wells and rainwater catchment.

Why become certified by the NGICP:

Low Impact Development (LID) (also called Green Infrastructure) is currently mandated for certain scale and types of developments/ redevelopments by the City and County of Honolulu DFM Stormwater Quality Branch. Since LID is growing in practice, the demand is high for trained professionals to construct, inspect and maintain the systems. CCH is also exploring requiring contactors and maintenance personnel to have certification in these practices to install or maintain city LID projects. Once certified, you will be advertised on the national NGCIP website as a certified contractor in NGICP.

Who:

The course will be led by Lauren Roth Venu, a certified NGICP trainer, and Todd Cullison, who both have decades of experience in green infrastructure.

LAUREN ROTH VENU

Lauren Roth Venu is the Founder and President of Roth Ecological Design Int. LLC, a strategic water planning and design firm with a focus on “one-water” and green infrastructure. She has over 20 years experience in the planning, design, installation and operations and maintenance or green infrastructure systems. She is also the Founder of 3Rwater that created the Follow the Drop mobile application, which serves as a data collection and analysis tool to encourage sustainable water management and green infrastructure practices. Her academic background is in the water sciences and policy with a Bachelor of Arts in Water and Environmental Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science in Oceanography from the UH Manoa. She is also a fellow of the Water Environmental Federation Leadership Program and the United Nations University /East- West Center’s ProSPER.net Leadership Program. She was also recently certified by WEF as a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program Trainer. Lauren has participated in a numerous of public service and advisory roles for both the City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii supporting the development water security and resiliency policies for Hawaii. Accolades include an EPA Region 9 awarded project and she was named top Forty Under Forty Business Leaders by Pacific Business News in 2014.

TODD CULLISON

Todd Cullison is the Principal for Confluence Consulting Group, LLC. that focuses on natural resource management. Todd Cullison is the Principal for Confluence Consulting Group, LLC. that focuses on natural resource management. He has been involved with many aspects conservation work for twenty years. He has implemented watershed and salmon habitat restoration in fresh water habitats on the North Oregon coast and Columbia River estuary. For ten years he was Executive Director of Hui o Koolaupoko, a non-profit based in Kailua focused stream water quality, reducing storm water impacts to the nearshore environments and engaging the community to protect ocean health. Mr. Cullison has been involved with assessing green infrastructure implementation, design and efficacy on the commercial and residential scale. He has provided numerous trainings on this topic to various community groups and government entities in Hawai`i and American Samoa.

Registration

Registration will be limited to 20 participants. NGICP requires all participants to provide proof of education (minimally a high school diploma) to attend the course. If a copy of a diploma is not possible, please contact us for other potential options. We request that companies register no more than two of their employees to start. If additional staff wish to attend, we will place them on a wait list. Please use the contact information provided below if you want additional staff wait-listed. Certification by NGCIP will be presented to the participants following attending the full course and passing the NGICP exam.

Cost:

The total cost of the 5-day course is $700. Two payments/registrations are required:

Click here for instructions for registering with WEF.

NGICP Honolulu Training Agenda

Day 1:

  • Overview
  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Commonly used Materials
  • Module 3: Vegetation

Day 2:

  • Module 4: Safety
  • Module 5: Site Management
  • Module 6: Bioretention

Day 3:

  • Module 7: Permeable Pavement
  • Module 8: Rainwater Harvesting
  • Module 9: Green-Blue Roofs
  • Afternoon – Field Trip #1

Day 4:

  • Module 10: Dry Wells
  • Module 11: Stormwater Wetlands
  • Module 12: Long Term Planning
  • Field Trip #2

Day 5 (1/2 day):

  • Module 13: Conclusion
  • Test Preparation

For more information or questions please contact: Lauren Roth Venu, lauren@rothecological.com