Growing Green Infrastructure in New York State:
Digging in and Getting Dirty

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November 16-17, 2011

The Growing Green Infrastructure in New York State Symposium is hosted by SUNY-ESF and the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University. This Symposium provides a focused discussion and gathering of leaders, professionals, researchers,government officials, and others who wish to learn more about advancing green infrastructure applications and technology. Experts and specialists on the local to regional level will share their insights into the growth of green infrastructure (GI) and the technical aspects of its implementation.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Professional Development Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
King+King Architects

"What is i-Tree?"
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

Since the initial release of the i-Tree Tools in August 2006, numerous communities, non-profit organizations, consultants, volunteers and students have used i-Tree to report on individual trees, parcels, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire states. By understanding the local, tangible ecosystem services that trees provide, i-Tree users can link urban forest management activities with environmental quality and community livability. Whether your interest is a single tree or an entire forest, i-Tree provides baseline data that you can use to demonstrate value and set priorities for more effective decision-making.

You will learn:

  • how to quantify the environmental services and aesthetic benefits that trees provide in the urban forest.
  • how trees play an important role within the comprehensive realm of green infrastructure.
  • to better understand the multi-faceted roles of trees as they relate to both the local ecosystem & local communities.
  • how to make better value & priority decisions regarding tree issues.
  • how tree selection, size, and placement can affect potential energy usage.
  • how to track and model canopy cover
  • how to assess widespread storm damage within the urban forest


  • Fees:
    • $75 for professionals
    • $65 for not-for-profit organizations, educators/school administrators, and students
  • Registration page (Environmental Finance Center site)

This program is being reviewed for professional certification hours for engineers (PDHs), architects (CEUs), and landscape architects (LUs).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2nd Annual Green Infrastructure Symposium
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Sheraton Hotel at Syracuse University

Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF, the Green Infrastructure Symposium provides a focused discussion and gathering of leaders, professionals, researchers, government officials, and others who wished to learn more about advances in green infrastructure applications and regional workforce development. For more information, a complete schedule, or to register, please visit here.

This program is being reviewed for professional certification hours for engineers (PDHs), architects (CEUs), and landscape architects (LUs).

Who Should Attend

You should attend if you are interested in learning about the growth of GI and technical advances in using GI as a stormwater management tool.

Potential attendees include:

  • Architects, engineers, and other professionals
  • Elected and government officials
  • Community leaders & policy makers
  • Non-profit organization leaders
  • University students
  • Those involved in or interested in stormwater and watershed management
  • Those interested in green-collar workforce development
  • Green residence owners
  • Green organizations
  • Entrepreneurs
  • K - 12 educators

Please see the Fall 2010 Symposium webpage for an idea of the topics addressed previously. This year's symposium will expand on these themes and dig deeper into advancing GI technology.

Related Programs

ESF Outreach hosts many education programs that serve the needs of professional audiences, community residents, government personnel and students.

Programs of similar interest and topical content to this Green Infrastructure Symposium include:

Contact Information

For further information about this or other green infrastructure initiatives, please contact:

Emily Gillis
(315) 470-6817

Growing Green Infrastructure in New York State is presented in partnership with the the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University.

This program is made possible, in part, by support from the New York State Department of Labor through Central New York Works.


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