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.






LID Treatment Train Tool in Toronto, ON: September 29, 2017

The intent of this workshop is to provide an overview of the Low Impact Development Treatment Train Tool (LID TTT) Version 1.0 available for release on the STEP website.   A more detailed walk through of the capabilities of the tool, case study examples, along with a Q & A and experimentation period will all be a component of the ½ day workshop. Development team representatives from the GTA CAs along with the consultants (Golder) will be co-delivering this session.



Fusion Landscape Professional (FLP) Program: Nov. 1 & 2, 2017

Fusion landscaping combines the art and science of horticulture with the science of hydrology to design, build/install and maintain aesthetically pleasing, water efficient landscapes. These landscapes use established design principles including form, function and the aesthetic to optimize lot level stormwater management and enhance the environment.

The Fusion Landscape Professional program provides members of the design, construction and maintenance sectors the opportunity to become certified, and provide Fusion landscapes to clients in the Region of Peel and York Region.

Application Deadline – September 29, 2017



Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (Two Opportunities)

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.

Click on the links below for more information or to register.

October 26-27, 2017 in Calgary

November 14-15, 2017 in Toronto


Building Forward: Techniques to Ensure Successful LID Construction, Certification, Inspection, and Maintenance in Alliston, ON: November 20, 2017

This course is an intermediate-level workshop module which is intended to support the successful implementation of MOECC’s forthcoming Stormwater Guidance Document. It is also intended to help designers, contractors, municipalities and other groups striving to successfully meet associated volume control, water quality and related requirements. Join Bill Trenouth and Kyle Vander Linden for this full day workshop which focuses on the proper processes and procedures required to take LID projects from final design all the way through to implementation and routine operation by highlighting critical steps and ‘lessons learned’ during the tender/contract, construction, certification, and operations phases.



Building Confidence: How to Design, Plan and Execute a Low Impact Development Stormwater Monitoring Program in Alliston, ON: November 20, 2017

ECAs and other approval permits frequently stipulate that compliance be demonstrated by facility operators, and this speaks to the need to effectively monitor performance. Monitoring LID and other stormwater features helps to ensure that they have been both properly designed and constructed, and that they function as intended. Failing to properly monitor LID practices can result in assuming ownership of underperforming stormwater practices which are unattractive, unsafe and noncompliant. This intermediate-level, full-day workshop will cover material relevant to the successful monitoring of LID stormwater management practices.




Webinar – Reusing SWM Pond Sediment: New research and changes to Ontario’s regulatory framework: September 28, 2017

This webinar will review assumption protocols for bioretention soils to ensure that they function properly, the level of risk for contamination of bioretention soils and insights on how to inspect and determine if maintenance of these soils is required.



Webinar – LID Performance in New Build Residential: November 9, 2017

Credit Valley Conservation’s Low Impact Development (LID) Monitoring group have been collecting performance data from two newly constructed residential subdivisions within the Credit River watershed. These two sites utilize a variety of LID stormwater treatment and storage features at each location to determine the performance of LID at the subdivision level.  Year 1 water quantity and quality results from each subdivision will be presented along with observations collected during construction. An overview of the site specific assumption protocols developed for Meadow in the Glen will be presented to demonstrate how municipalities assure LID features are performing to design standards prior to site assumption.



Webinar – Winter De-icing Operations in Urban Watersheds: Development of a Temperature-Index Based Water Quantity Model: December 7, 2017

Several years of winter snow accumulation, ploughing, melt and salt loading data were carefully collected at three different Southern Ontario locations in order to develop, calibrate and validate a simple salt application optimization tool built on the empirical temperature index (TI) method. Ultimately, it is hoped that this tool can help road maintenance managers improve the strategic application of road salts, particularly in salt vulnerable areas. The webinar will focus on the research and development of the tool and a case study of the tool will be presented.



Coming Soon!

Webinar – Use of Polyacrylamides to Reduce Erosion and Improve Water Quality

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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.






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.




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.




Achieving Net Zero: Renewable Energy Options to Get You There: November 29, 2017

Join EnerQuality and Toronto and Region Conservation’s resident technical experts for a one day training workshop for builders on renewable energy options in the residential housing market, and mechanical systems that work in tandem to achieve net zero.





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.




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.




Green Building Festival: October 5, 2017

The world’s most advanced buildings and cities are eliminating carbon and making positive contributions to energy, air and water.  At the 2017 Green Building Festival, discover the processes, problems and solutions that result in projects that do more good than harm: retrofitting homes to net-zero in one day, tons of carbon sequestered in hybrid wood hi-rises, intensifying housing without towers, collaborative project delivery, transformative energy innovations and more. The eight hours of programming will include lunch, with plenty of time to network at the post-show reception. Register now and received a 15% discount using promo code GBF17PARTNER.


Sustainable Sunday at The Living City Campus: September 24, 2017

Join Toronto and Region Conservation for Green Energy Doors Open 2017!

Learn about sustainable living on a guided tour of the Archetype Sustainable House or join a guided walk along the Innovation Trail to learn more about renewable energy including solar, wind and geothermal.

Want to learn more about what energy is, where it comes from, how it is used in your home and ways you can help reduce your electrical bills? Join our expert staff for a 45-minute energy literacy discussion.

While this is a free event, pre-registration is required to book your space on a tour or attend the literacy discussion.



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