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Introduction to Green Infrastructure

Principles, Applications, and Policies

Green infrastructure means natural and human-made elements that provide ecological and hydrological functions and processes. Green infrastructure 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 US and Europe, but capacity in Canada to use, create policy for, incentivize, and apply green infrastructure is limited. This 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.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the range of possible benefits using green infrastructure
  • Learn the principles behind incorporating green infrastructure into community building projects
  • Understand the various elements and functions of green infrastructure
  • Understand the barriers to green infrastructure implementation
  • Understand the planning process designed to develop a comprehensive green infrastructure planning and implementation strategy
  • Learn about successful policies implemented in other jurisdictions

Scope of Course

This course does not focus on large natural areas, but rather neighbourhood and site-level stormwater management technologies and other living systems like trees, green roofs, and bioswales. This is because this is typically the level on which public and private stakeholders make decisions and create policy for.


Your Instructor


Rohan Lilauwala, GRP
Rohan Lilauwala, GRP

With a background in Urban Planning and Landscape Design, Rohan Lilauwala has spent the past five years working on breaking down barriers to the widespread use of living green infrastructure across North America. Rohan has developed and delivered training programs, tools, resources, and analyses, focusing largely on green infrastructure costs and benefits. He is also the driving force behind the Living Architecture Performance Tool, a rating system for green roofs and walls, akin to LEED.


Course Curriculum


  Download the Course Digital Resource Manual
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  Introduction to the Living Architecture Academy & Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
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  Module 0 - Introduction
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  Module 1 - Introduction to Green Infrastructure
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  Module 2 - Benefits of Green Infrastructure
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  Module 3 - Principles of Green Infrastructure
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  Module 4 - Elements of Green Infrastructure
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  Module 5 - Barriers to Implementing Green Infrastructure
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  Module 6 - Overcoming Barriers: Policies and Action Plans
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  Module 7 - Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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