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Implementing Green Infrastructure: Building a Community of Practice

  • WHAT:
    Implementing Green Infrastructure: Building a Community of Practice
  • DATE:
    June 18, 2018 - June 19, 2018
  • TIME:
    All Day
  • WHERE:
    Workshop at Cara Commons TRS1009 - Ted Roger's School of Management

    Reception to follow at The Sears Atrium - George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre

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In June 2018, Ryerson Urban water will host the Implementing Green Infrastructure: Building a Community of Practice workshop. This workshop aims to advance green infrastructure and low impact development (LID) by gathering interdisciplinary groups to collaborate and resolve obstacles to implementation.

Cross-practitioner discussion is a game changer. Engineers and architects need to work with landscape architects at the planning stage and incorporate green infrastructure in designs for site and landscape plans, rather than an after-thought following building siting or designs for stormwater management infrastructure.

There are many examples of green infrastructure demonstrations and big picture thinking. However, uptake has been slower than required to achieve government policy and climate change requirements. Governance and local conditions are perceived to be the only barriers, yet lessons can be learned from successful projects.

This workshop will generate a new form of interdisciplinary practice specifically designed to address these challenges.


Uptake on LID has been slow, despite endorsement from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). This workshop will help MOECC raise awareness about the imminent release of Ministry guidelines and targets.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is updating the Building Code and incorporating guidelines on green roofs and other LID technologies. Developers and municipal staff will require increased understanding of LID.

Conservation Authorities are considering exercising stronger regulatory powers. For example, in January 2018 Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority will be enacting requirements for net zero Phosphorus discharge with an offsetting program for industry. Furthermore, stormwater guidelines will be introduced for 90% or 25 mm stormwater management per site. Developers in these jurisdictions will experience increased requirements.

City of Toronto has completed the Green Streets Technical Guidelines, is revising the Wet Weather Flow Management Guidelines, and is rolling out version 3 of the Toronto Green Standard next year. There are concerns that City staff and developers are lacking the expertise to meet obligations.

Smaller municipalities with less development pressures may be unfamiliar with LID and place low priority on it when planning infrastructure. This workshop will gather interdisciplinary groups to educate, collaborate, and resolve obstacles to implementation.


  • Share your knowledge and collaborate with interdisciplinary groups to resolve main green infrastructure challenges
  • Explore the latest requirements and targets being delivered by provincial authorities, conservation authorities and municipalities
  • Participate in a dialogue across disciplines that brings together landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, researchers, and developers to resolve green infrastructure impediments
  • Connect with experts and members of the ecosystem