Learn why and how green infrastructure practices build sustainable and resilient landscapes

Designed For
Current and prospective professionals interested in stormwater management, sustainable landscapes, and community development.
Always available
Online | Self-paced
$50 for CEU course
4-5 hours
1-4 units | 5 hours
1-4 CEUs with International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
3 CEH Technical with Landscape Contractors Board of Oregon (LCB)
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As today’s environmental problems become intertwined between built and natural landscapes, green infrastructure acts as a bridge to sustainable development- adapting conventional engineering practices with innovative technology. Green infrastructure replaces traditional “grey” systems (e.g., roads, curbs, gutters, and rooftops) with soil, vegetation, and engineered mediums. Green infrastructure facilities, such as rain gardens, ecoroofs, and porous pavement, mimic the natural water cycle and provide additional social, economic, and environmental benefits.

This online course features case studies, demonstration projects, and interactive tools to prepare both novice and experienced professionals with the knowledge and resources they need for successful green infrastructure implementation. As a result of this course students will be able to select green infrastructure best management practices, communicate with project stakeholders, and accomplish multiple project goals.


Funding support for the development of this course was made possible through the USDA Forest Service Western Competitive Grant Project.


  • What green infrastructure is, how it works with the environment, and why it is beneficial for communities across the urban-to-rural continuum
  • How to assess and prioritize green infrastructure implementation strategies that are regionally appropriate and meet project goals
  • Local, state, and national resources for funding, communicating, and developing green infrastructure projects
  • Jenna Tilt

    Dr. Jenna Tilt is a research social scientist at Oregon State University in the Geography Program within the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.  She received her degree from University of Washington in Forestry and Urban Ecology.  She has previously worked as a natural resource lands planner for King County, Washington. Her research focus intersects the relationship between environmental management, land use planning, and human behavior.  Dr. Tilt’s current research centers on how rural communities adapt and adopt green infrastructure best management practices for stormwater management.

  • Christine Johnson

    Christine Johnson is a Natural Resource Specialist for the Urban and Community Forestry Program at Oregon Department of Forestry. As a graduate research assistant at Oregon State University, Christine studied interdisciplinary green infrastructure trainings in the Pacific Northwest. Christine is a strong advocate for community engagement and is an active volunteer with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Friends of Trees.

  • Maria Cahill

    A contributor to Green Infrastructure Solutions Across the Urban to Rural Continuum, Maria Cahill is a Principal and Green Infrastructure Consultant for her firm Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC. Maria has collaborated on interdisciplinary teams to implement LID in engineering and landscape architecture offices and her own firm for over 20 years. In 2015, Maria wrote the LID Guidance Template for Western Oregon, which the DEQ funded through EPA and endorsed. Maria has trained jurisdictional staff throughout Oregon and provided technical resources and tools to help them meet their state water quality regulations (e.g., TMDLs, MS4). Maria recently completed a 6-week position at NOAA NMFS to provide technical assistance on the new SLOPES for HUD and the future SLOPES-STU, due in 2017. Maria has taught numerous classes at colleges and to industry professionals in addition to developing innovative programming for teaching the public about stormwater. 

  • Paul Ries

    Paul D. Ries has over 25 years of urban forestry experience at the municipal, state, national, international, non-profit, and academic levels. Currently, he is an Urban Forestry Instructor and Extension Specialist in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU) and manages the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). At OSU, he teaches three online urban forestry courses and is the lead curriculum developer for new undergraduate and graduate degrees in urban forestry.  For ODF, he directs a statewide program that provides technical, financial, and educational urban forestry assistance to cities, community groups, and nonprofit organizations. Paul also holds a Type 1 national qualification as a public information officer and serves on a state Incident Management Team for wildfires, responsible for community relations, public information, media outreach, and internal communications.  Previously, Paul served as the Executive Director for the International Society of Arboriculture’s Pacific Northwest Chapter, as an urban forester with the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, and as a Forester with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He received a master's degree from the Ohio State University, has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1988, and currently serves on the ISA Board of Directors.

    Paul is also a contributor to Green Infrastructure Across the Urban to Rural Continuum.