TORONTO — The Green Infrastructure Foundation is launching a new digital training course entitled Introduction to Green Infrastructure: Principles, Applications, and Policies, available on-demand through the Living Architecture Academy, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities digital learning platform.
The course was developed in partnership with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the Ontario Parks Association.
Green infrastructure means natural and human-made elements that provide ecological and hydrological functions and processes, which can include components such as natural heritage features and systems, parklands, stormwater management systems, street trees, urban forests, natural channels, permeable surfaces, and green roofs.
Green infrastructure use is widespread across the U.S. and Europe, but capacity in Canada to use, create policy for, incentivize, and apply green infrastructure is limited, states a release issued by the Living Architecture Academy. The course is designed to build this capacity in the public and private sector by introducing green infrastructure through its types, benefits, principles, applications, and successful policies, adds the release.
The course focuses on neighbourhood and site-level stormwater management technologies and other living systems like trees, green roofs, and bioswales because this is typically the level on which public and private stakeholders make decisions and create policy for.
The course serves as a companion course to the Green Infrastructure Foundation’s Valuing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Principles and Methods, which explores valuing the many benefits green infrastructure assets can provide on a site and neighborhood scale. Both are available on the Living Architecture Academy website.