Urban Green Infrastructure: Green Systems Clean Water
The permeability of our land and the quality of our surrounding water bodies are directly connected. Impermeable surfaces account for roughly 70% of New York City's acreage; as such the runoff from these surfaces represents serious water quality and infrastructural challenges for the City. As the impacts of climate change bring more severe wet weather events to our shores, the need for innovative storm water management is paramount.
New York City's move toward the implementation of green infrastructure to meet our national water quality standards represents both a tremendous teaching moment and an opportunity for workforce development. Training in standard designs, regulations, permitting, construction, monitoring, and maintenance of innovative tree pits, bioswales, green roofs, and green walls will be critical for successful implementation of green infrastructure citywide.
The certificate curriculum was formed in collaboration with the Pratt Graduate School of Architecture, several city agencies, members of the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, and private sector green infrastructure practitioners. The term green infrastructure represents the ability of vegetation and other natural systems to capture and evapotranspire rainwater, treating rain as a resource rather than a waste.
Preparing for the 21st Century: Climate Change Resiliency Strategies
June 13th, 2013
This event will be held Thursday, June 13th and is co-hosted by the ASLANY, APA – NY Metro Chapter, and the Pratt Institute. Five CE units are planned for the day. Students enrolled in Pratt’s 3-day green infrastructure certificate program (June 14th – 16th) will receive a 10% discount, and in turn, attendees of this day-long event will receive a discount on the certificate.
For more information about the certificate program call 212-647-7199 and ask for Chris Ferrara.
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Why Study Green Infrastructure at Pratt?
Pratt Institute can uniquely convene the professional scientists, designers, and policy makers needed to transfer the leading edge professional skills, which, when applied in total, result in successful urban green infrastructure.
- Pratt can offer a wide range of continuing education units for a diverse range of disciplines.
- Pratt has been at the forefront of urban green infrastructure in New York.
- Our professional instructors represent City agencies, community based organizations, and private design firms.
- Our interdisciplinary approach to green infrastructure is surely what helped us win a 2012 NYC Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure grant.
Application fee: $100, non-refundable
Certificate Requirements: This certificate program requires the successful completion of 21 hours of study in either choice of the two career tracks.
Specialization in Green Roofs, Public Right of Way, or Innovative Green Infrastructure Study a specialized area of green infrastructure, green roofs, public right of way projects, or innovative site designs. Add design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring courses courses to your fundamentals track.
Recommended audience: Intended for GI enthusiasts or construction and maintenance professionals with little to no design training; facilities and construction management professionals, contractors, maintenance professionals, urban planners, government agency professionals, environmental advocates, and green infrastructure enthusiasts.
Required Courses: Two
PMPD 706 Drainage and Hydrology in NYC*
PMPD 720 Green Infrastructure Data and Calculations* 7-hour lab
Core Courses: Choose Two
Choose one Design and one Construction, Maintenance, and Monitoring course in the area in which you would like to specialize in from the list below:
PMPD 721 Green Roof Design (GI and Buildings)
PMPD 722 Public Right of Way Design
(GI and Streets)
PMPD 723 Innovative Green Infrastructure Design (GI and Sites)
PMPD 724 Green Roof Construction, Maintenance and Monitoring
PMPD 725 Public Right of Way Construction, Maintenance and Monitoring
PMPD 726 Innovative Green Infrastructure Construction, Maintenance and