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April 10, 2012

Joplin seminar planned on green building topics

JOPLIN, Mo. — A seminar on green infrastructure will be offered Wednesday for contractors, governmental officials and any resident interested.

The seminar will be offered free at Joplin City Hall by the city of Joplin and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Certificates will be offered for seven professional development hours to those who need them

To register, email

The session will open at 8:15 a.m. with remarks by City Manager Mark Rohr and David Hertzberg, the city’s public works director.

  The  schedule:

 8:35 a.m. — “The Missouri Guide to Green Infrastructure: Integrating Water Quality into Municipal Stormwater Management,” speaker Ruth Wallace, municipal stormwater program coordinator, Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

  8:45 a.m. — “The Alignment of Green Infrastructure with Voluntary Green Building Standards.” Speaker Matt Belcher, certified green professional and principal with Verdatek Solutions, on how voluntary green building programs help municipal water issues and existing housing stock in a cost-effective manner.

 9:30 a.m. — “Positive Impacts of Storm Water, Part 1,” by Ted Spaid, co-founding principal of SWT Design, will discuss how communities benefit from the proper planning and treatment of stormwater.

 10:15 a.m. — “Selecting Water Quality Stormwater Control Measures,”  Jeffrey L. Bruce will talk about water quality technologies.

 10:45 a.m. — “Upgrading Ordinances, Review/Approval Processes and Green Incentives,” about studying the impact of guidelines or laws on the environment before adopting them.

 11:15 a.m. — “Entering into Effective Operation and Maintenance Agreements of Stormwater Practices,” Carrie Lamb, with the city of Springfield,  will discuss ways to share approaches to help ensure long-term maintenance of post-construction SCMs.

 11:45 a.m. — Questions and answers.

 12:15 –1:15 p.m. — Lunch.

 1:15  p.m. — “Introducing the GreenTown Joplin Initiative,” with speaker Catherine Hart.

 1:35 p.m. — “Introducing an Opportunity: A Joplin Green Infrastructure Design Competition,” with speaker Catherine Hart.

 1:55 p.m. — “Modeling Approaches for Selecting Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) and Evaluating their Performance,” by Scott Struck of TetraTech, Denver, Colo.

 2:50 p.m. — “Positive Impacts of Stormwater Part 2,” with Kim Chapman of Applied Ecological Services, will discuss sustainable site analysis, design and cost considerations.

 3:30 p.m. — “Geothermal Heat Systems and Other Alternative Energy Options,” with  Phil Schoen.

 3:55 p.m. —  “Sustainable Building Supporting Thriving Communities,”  Willy Crane of GreenTown Joplin will talk about residential building techniques that reduce stormwater surge.

 4:20 p.m. — Questions and answers.

City Hall is located at 602 S. Main St.

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