MDEQ Northern Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference

Date: June 4, 2015
Location: Great Wolf Lodge Conference Center, Traverse City, Michigan, 49684

Time: 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Registration: Register Online. Cost to attend is $65 with an optional June 3 Field Trip: $20.

Join the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on June 4 at Great Wolf Lodge and Conference Center in Traverse City for the Northern Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference. This conference expands on the 2014 statewide conference to highlight a broad range of benefits and opportunities provided by Green Infrastructure (GI) planning and preservation in northern Michigan. Find out how GI is already being used in the region, and how working together through partnerships can make GI a success in your own area.

Highlights of this conference will include case studies, best management practices, and national perspectives in the morning with afternoon breakout sessions in two tracks: Technical/Engineering and Planning/Policy. Optional pre-conference activities on June 3 include a field trip to tour Cherry Capital Foods Green Roof and Suttons Bay Rain Gardens and an informal reception at The Workshop Brewery.

June 3 Field tours:  See two great examples of green infrastructure in place and working in the Grand Traverse region.
First, Sarah U’Ren, program director at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, takes us to beautiful Suttons Bay, just north of Traverse City where a series of 18 new rain gardens and almost ¾ mile of underground infiltration trenches now filter road runoff before reaching Grand Traverse Bay. The project, which received almost $1 million in funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reduces polluted runoff reaching nearby beaches and protects public health.

Nate Griswold, ASLA and President of Inhabitect, LLC, leads the second leg of the tour to Cherry Capital Foods in Traverse City, which installed a nearly 4,000-square-foot green roof in 2014. He will walk participants through the benefits of this technology and outline why it is a valuable part of your green infrastructure toolbox.  The dynamic space features both extensive and intensive green roof areas, as well as a pedestal paver patio where staff can tend their own vegetable garden, and is currently one of the largest installations in Northern Michigan.

June 3 Networking Reception at The Workshop Brewing Company: sustaining nature, building community, and honoring craft. We create delicious traditional beers and wholesome satisfying food using sustainably-sourced ingredients, and we serve them up with style and fun in our welcoming brewpub.”

View the Conference Agenda

Who should attend this unique conference?

  • Anyone with duties related to land use and stormwater management
  • Local government decision makers and engineers
  • Foundations and environmental non-profits
  • Planners
  • Consultants and landscape architects
  • Developers and builders
  • Drain commissioners
  • Road agencies
  • Conservation organizations