Events & Training

LIVING CITY CAMPUS
EVENTS & TRAINING

NOTE: For school groups (K-12) and general public programming, please visit the Kortright Centre for Conservation.


 

The Living City Campus is an educational hub where industry professionals and homeowners alike gather to learn, share and discover.

Our education and training workshops cover a range of interest areas, including:

  • Water

  • Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable Design & Construction

  • Sustainable Living

  • Monitoring

The Living City Campus is home to a range of technology demonstration sites that are incorporated into course curriculum, where possible, as a means of enhancing the learning experience through hands-on participation, and by providing a unique interactive experience that aims to transform not only individual perspectives, but also our collective capacity to build a healthy and lasting city region.

Our roster of professional instructors and presenters include leading industry experts from around the world, who come to the campus with a passion to share their expertise, their knowledge and their years of practical experience.


 

THE LIVING CITY CAMPUS CALENDAR

 

  UPCOMING EVENTS

 


Permeable Paving and Engineered Retaining Walls Workshop: April 19, 2017

During this free one-day event geared towards engineers, architects and landscape architects, presenters from the Credit Valley and Toronto and Region Conservation Authorities will present findings and recommendations related to the performance, installation and maintenance of permeable pavements. The City of Toronto will also present information about their Green Building Standard, and RisiStone will present design and installation best practices for retaining walls, including on site demonstrations.

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Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control in Innisfil, ON: May 3-4, 2017

The 1.5-day training course covers roles and responsibilities, background information, inspecting best management practices, regulations and compliance, and conducting construction site inspections. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in classroom exercises reviewing ESC plans and reports.

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One Day Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop: May 9, 2017

Low impact development (LID), an innovative stormwater management approach that treats, infiltrates, filters, and retains runoff at the source, is quickly becoming the new norm in Ontario. This workshop will benefit anyone involved in the construction of LID projects including landscapers, contractors and contract administrators, conservation authority and agency staff, municipal inspectors, consulting and construction engineers. This workshop is hosted by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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How to Properly Construct LID Stormwater Management Practices: May 10, 2017

This course trains designers, contractors, and others involved in the design, construction, and inspection of LID. Over a half-day, we will cover LID installations ranging in size from small parking lot retrofits to large subdivision developments that are fully reliant on LID approaches to stormwater management. Participants will be taken through each step of the LID construction process, highlighting potential errors and explaining proper techniques. Lessons learned from examples in Ontario’s cold climate will be shared.

The training course will be complemented by a tour to three different local LID sites: CVC’s Head Office, as well as the Elm Drive and Wychwood sites. Performance results will be discussed.

This one day training is offered as part of the Grey to Green Conference, May 8-10.

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Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Natural Channel Design, Biotechnical Techniques and Case Studies: June 5-6, 2017

This two-day course will present the current state of the art with regards to environmentally-sensitive stream and river repair and bank protection. The training will combine classroom and hands on learning – combining theory with the practical applications and lots of case studies. The classroom sessions will cover topics like basic fluvio-geomorphology, stream forms and processes, Proper Functioning Condition, hydromodification and environmentally-sensitive techniques.

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Erosion and Sediment Control Field Training: June 7, 2017

The practice of erosion and sediment control (ESC) during construction is a critical component necessary for the protection of the natural environment including sensitive water bodies, terrestrial habitat and aquatic ecosystems. Participants in this one-day field training session will come away with a greater knowledge of proper installation techniques, methodologies and tools and will have a better understanding of inspection and maintenance requirements, both of which will contribute to improved performance of ESC practices in the field.

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Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management (SWM) Treatment Train Design Practices: June 15, 2017

Join Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Credit Valley Conservation for two days of Low Impact Development & Stormwater Management Training.  These sessions will benefit all practitioners involved in LID projects from planning, through design, implementation, construction and certification.

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Making it Work: LID Construction, Inspection, and Certification: June 16, 2017

Join Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Credit Valley Conservation for two days of Low Impact Development & Stormwater Management Training. These sessions will benefit all practitioners involved in LID projects from planning, through design, implementation, construction and certification.

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Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control in Woodbridge, ON: November 14-15, 2017

The 1.5-day training course covers roles and responsibilities, background information, inspecting best management practices, regulations and compliance, and conducting construction site inspections. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in classroom exercises reviewing ESC plans and reports.

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  ONLINE LEARNING

 

Webinar – Use of Polyacrylamides to Reduce Erosion and Improve Water Quality: April 20, 2017

Anionic polyacrylamides (PAMs) are effectively used in erosion control, water clarification, mining, oil and gas, and pond-lake management applications. Anionic PAMs prevent erosion by facilitating agglomeration of soil particles, and remove suspended sediment, metals, and nutrients (i.e. inorganic phosphorus) from the water column through flocculation, resulting in improved water quality. In addition, anionic PAMs can be used in environmentally sensitive applications as they are non-toxic to aquatic organisms. This presentation will discuss multiple applications where anionic PAMs were used in conjunction with best management practices (BMPs) to prevent erosion and improve or maintain water quality in surrounding ponds, lakes, and streams. Specific applications will be the focus of this presentation and associated case studies including use of anionic PAMs for (1) demucking (pond clean out) and; (2) erosion control near riparian and ecologically sensitive areas (i.e. designated trout streams). An overview of the TRCA’s Anionic Polyacrylamide Application Guide for Urban Construction will also be provided.

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Webinar – Event-based Monitoring and Modelling of Soil Loss from Southern Ontario Basins during Pre-Development and Development Activities: May 24, 2017

How do we design effective erosion and sediment controls for construction sites?  Many of the deleterious effects of eroding soils entering waterways have been well-documented, but the answer to this question remains elusive. This webinar summarizes the results of two years of field investigation and water quality data analysis intended to help address this question and improve the state-of-the-art of erosion and sediment control (ESC) design.

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Webinar – Using a Systematic Approach to Stormwater Management in a Rural System: June 22, 2017

The Garvey-Glenn Subwatershed Project is one of five Healthy Lake Huron priority subwatershed projects located along the shore of Lake Huron. Field scouting identified soil erosion issues along with inadequate stormwater management and corresponding water quality issues. When the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reviewed the assessment of watershed conditions, it became apparent that the long-term costs are very high if these issues are not addressed, including prime agricultural land, lakefront residential areas, and highway infrastructure. In partnership with landowners, MVCA staff developed a Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Plan (SWEEP) for the entire watershed, as well as for individual properties. This webinar will discuss this document and the work done by MVCA at 11 monitoring sites.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Maintaining Stormwater Management Facilities: A How-To Guide

This previously recorded webinar will provide a step-by-step guide to the cost-effective and timely planning and execution of sediment removal projects for stormwater management ponds and constructed wetlands.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Creating More Absorbent Landscapes Through Soil Amendments

This previously recorded webinar presents recommended best practices and minimum standards for preserving and restoring healthy soil in landscaped areas during urban construction and will highlight current efforts underway to standardize soil specifications across Ontario.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Clarifying TRCA Expectations for Detailed Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

In this previously recorded webinar, TRCA planning ecologist Maria Parish explains the approach and principles that TRCA is advocating with respect to Erosion and Sediment Control plans.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Soil Risk Assessment Tool

In this previously recorded webinar, Jennifer Thompson, of Azimuth Environmental provides a step-by-step overview of the Soil Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Isolating In Water and Near Water Works

This previously recorded webinar will help guide the planning and implementation of in-water works to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, policies and programs for Permit Applications under Regulation 166/06.

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E-Learning Course – Introduction to Low Impact Development

This online course has been developed to introduce participants to the concept of Low Impact Development (LID). It is intended for developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of sustainable stormwater planning and practices.

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E-Learning Course – Design of Infiltration Practices: Low Impact Development Technical Training

This online course has been developed to provide participants with the technical training required to design Low Impact Development (LID) infiltration practices and guides them through the steps of the design process.

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E-Learning Course – Polymers for Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control

This online course has been developed to familiarize participants with the concepts of polymers and how they can be used for Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) on construction sites.

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E-Learning Course – Introduction to Erosion and Sediment Control

This online course has been developed to introduce participants to the concepts of Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC). It is intended for contractors, developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of erosion and sediment control concepts and best management practices.

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: May 6, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: May 7, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: June 3, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: June 4, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: August 19, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: August 20, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: November 18, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: November 19, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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  ONLINE LEARNING

 

E-learning Course – Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Operation and Maintenance (O&M)

This free online course is intended for anyone involved in day-to-day operation and management of a solar photovoltaic system, or responsible for procuring services to conduct O&M on a PV system.

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E-learning Course – Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Commissioning

This free course is intended for anyone interested in learning about the various activities involved in the comprehensive commissioning of grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems.

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