Professional Certificate In Urban Green Infrastructure


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Nature’s patterns are changing. How can New York City’s infrastructure and policy-making keep pace in a transient climate? This three daylong program provides attendees with thoughtful, practical strategies that offer hard edge resiliency and ebb and flow adaptability.

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 Graduate School of Architecture’s Master of Science in Urban Environmental Systems Management, several City agencies, members of the American Society of Landscape Architects NY Chapter and private sector green infrastructure practitioners.

The certificate program consists of 21 units. 7 for each of the fundamentals track (14 total), 3.5 for the each design and construction specialization (7 total). Please see below for individual course information.






Required Fundamentals Track

PMPD 706 Drainage & Hydrology in NYC
7 hour seminar/lab
Richard K. Shaw; Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS NYC Soil Survey
Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng; Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
Raymond Palmares; PE, NYC DEP Office of Green Infrastructure
Kate Zidar; Executive Director, Newtown Creek Alliance
Bryan Quinn; Consultant, Applied Ecological Services
Learning Objectives:
• Students will be able to identify, assess and evaluate soil profiles specific to NYC through an understanding of infiltration, hydraulic conductivity, drainage class and water tables.
• Students will be able to explain how green infrastructure, as outlined in NYC DEP’s Green Infrastructure Plan, pertains to stormwater management and the reduction of combined sewer outfalls, through strategic placement at priority locations determined by the DEP.
• Students will be able to show sensitivity to as well as discuss the roles of various community and City green infrastructure stakeholders.
• Students will be able to recognize construction best practices to enhance ecological function in the urban environment.

PMPD 720 Green Infrastructure Data & Calculations
7 hour seminar/lab
Alfred Yalaju, RA, Prinicpal, CIAAC Architects and Consultants
Learning Objectives:
• Students will gain a general understanding of green infrastructure standards, design guidelines and regulatory framework
• Students will acquire relevant data and understand the data in terms of technical assessment, design and construction of green infrastructure
• Students will be able to recognize, understand and implement various formulas, data sets and computational methodologies for site specific green infrastructure
• Students will gain a professional understanding of green infrastructure system construction costs and estimations
• Students will be able to perform computations for sizing systems’ components for selected green infrastructure in urban areas

Career Specialization Tracks (choose 1 design course & 1 construction, maintenance & monitoring course)

PMPD 721 Green Roof Design (GI and Buildings)
3.5 hour seminar
Bryan Quinn, RLA (CT, VT) Principal, One Nature
Alec Baxt, Founding Farmer, FarmingUp
Learning Objectives:
• Understand general Plant, Irrigation and Soil requirements specific to Green Roofs in NYC
• Understand Potential Structural Issues related to Green Roof Installation
• Comprehend different types of funding sources
• Learn major components of typical green roof construction estimate
• Understand general permitting pathway for Green Roofs in NYC

PMPD 722 Public Right of Way Design (GI and Streets)
3.5 hour seminar
Mary Nunn, Assistant Landscape Architect, Green Infrastructure Unit, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Jeannette Compton, Director of Green Infrastructure, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Learning Objectives:
• Gain an understanding of the various New York City agencies and stakeholders involved in the design, approval, and permitting process.
• Develop the skills necessary to identify potential green infrastructure opportunity sites both on paper and in the field.
• Gain an understanding of green infrastructure construction in terms of materials and methods, field conditions, and techniques.
• Evaluate plant palettes and stormwater design solutions based on field conditions.
• Use design concepts and ideas discussed in class to advance innovative solutions for future green infrastructure projects.

PMPD 723 Innovative Green Infrastructure Design (GI and Sites)
3.5 hour seminar
Jeff Keiter, RLA, Principal, Seasonscape Landscape
Learning Objectives: 
• Understand the plant physiology and horticultural characteristics of common GI plants in order to prudently expand the palette of GI plants
• Allow the plant physiology of plants suited to the constructed hydrology lead the planting design
• Adapt planting palettes to meet hydrological requirements
• Configure hydrological management to accommodate native plant associations – this creates a design feedback loop

[ Construction, Maintenance & Monitoring ]
PMPD 724 Green Roof Construction, Maintenance & Monitoring

3.5 hour seminar
Eric Dalski, Partners, Highview Creations
Mark Dalski, Partners, Highview Creations
Learning Objectives:
• How to assess a potential green roof site and note potential site constraints
• A variety of construction techniques and components, each used to increase the efficiency and function of a particular green roof system
• The importance of proper maintenance regime, and how to keep a green roof system productive and healthy for the long-term
• Different approaches to monitoring, and how certain elements of green roofs can be quantified to measure its productivity

PMPD 725 Public Right of Way Construction, Maintenance & Monitoring
3.5 hour seminar
Tricia Martin, RLA, Principal, We Design, NYASLA
Learning Objectives:
• Demonstrate the value of integrating green infrastructure into the public right of way, including sidewalks, streets, greenstreets, and other public spaces
• Describe site assessment methods for designing green infrastructure in the right of way
• Demonstrate that city codes and policy present great challenges to innovative green infrastructure design in NYC
• Demonstrate ways that good design can be both creative while working within the parameters of the city

PMPD 726  Innovative Green Infrastructure Construction, Maintenance & Monitoring
3.5 hour seminar
Jeff Keiter, RLA, Principal, Seasonscape Landscape
Learning Objectives:
• Become familiar with typical GI plants and their relation to soils and GI hydrology
• Understand typical site constraints and how this structures GI horticulture
• Customize construction sequence and planting procurement and scheduling
• Adapt maintenance regimes and understand how they determine design choices
• Identify and determine phytoremediation regimes
• Become familiar with propagation methods and suppliers
• Determine monitoring and post – installation site modifications to adapt to findings.