Home*Rescheduled* Enhance your portfolio at SBN’s 2023 Winter GSI O&M Course

Register now for the 2022 GSI Operations and Maintenance training course!

Please note the updated course date. Operations and maintenance are essential to ensure that public and private GSI projects perform as intended and meet stormwater regulations that drive management plans like the City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan forward. This immersive and experiential multi-day course provides landscape and maintenance professionals with a basic framework and the tools needed to expand their portfolio, advance their skillset, and build knowledge of GSI and sustainable stormwater management practices that will increase their business’ bottom line and support the longevity of these projects. This course balances virtual classroom instruction with in-the-field learning and brings together expert instructors from the public and private sectors, including SBN’s GSI Partners members, the Philadelphia Water Department, and others. 

In addition, the course offers landscape contractors and grounds managers a deeper understanding of regulatory context, anatomy and function, design and construction considerations, and tasks involved in adaptive and prescriptive management.

This year, we are offering our course in two separate sessions. The first session in February 2023 will focus on foundational knowledge of GSI and post-construction maintenance and processes, while the second session in Summer 2023 will center around maintaining and monitoring of vegetation and ensuring green components of projects are successful and efficient. We strongly encourage students to enroll in both courses to get the fullest understanding of the operations & maintenance of GSI projects.

After attending this course, landscape professionals should be able to: 

  • Describe the regulatory context of stormwater management.
  • Define Stormwater Management Practices (SMPs) and their sub-surface components.
  • Apply vegetation and above-ground SMP components using adaptive and prescriptive management techniques in both public and private GSI projects.
  • Diagnose and respond to safety and performance issues.

Session 1 of this course will take place on the following dates:

  • February 16, 2pm-5:30pm (Virtual)
  • February 17, 10am-2pm (In-person Classroom & Field Day)

This year’s In-person Classroom & Field Day course will be held at the offices of Rodriguez Consulting, LLC at 100 W Oxford St Suite E-3100, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Students and registrants will have the opportunity to attend a plenary session with Rodriguez Consulting, LLC Founder & Excelencia in Hispanic Business “Above & Beyond” Award winner Louis Rodriguez, P.E.

 
Please see below a list of the modules offered at this year’s training course, course titles, and facilitators. 
 

Session 1, Module 1: GSI Foundation Knowledge

Serving as an introduction to GSI operations and maintenance in land care, this module provides attendees with the practices and concepts needed to identify different SMPs and their components, understand the function and regulatory context of GSI, and standard landscape best practices. The section also covers the foundational knowledge of design and construction to ensure the long-term operation of GSI systems and an overview of adaptive and prescriptive management and its role in the maintenance of GSI.

Courses include:

1.0 Regulatory Context & Stormwater Basics 

1.1 Definition of SMP Types & Anatomy

1.2 O&M Agreements 

1.3 Design Considerations

1.4 Construction Considerations

Session 2, Module 1: GSI Foundation Knowledge

Serving as an introduction to GSI operations and maintenance in land care, this module provides attendees with the practices and concepts needed to identify different SMPs and their components, understand the function and regulatory context of GSI, and standard landscape best practices. The section also covers the foundational knowledge of design and construction to ensure the long-term operation of GSI systems and an overview of adaptive and prescriptive management and its role in the maintenance of GSI.

Courses include:

1.5 Intro to Adaptive & Prescriptive Management

1.6 Soil Management

Session 1, Module 2: Operations and Maintenance Fundamentals – Tasks and Common Issues

This module covers routine operations and maintenance tasks, how and why they are performed, and recommend task frequencies for different types of SMPs. This section will also cover the diagnosis of common issues and how to tell if an issue requires evaluation for further intervention.

2.2 Debris Removal

2.3 Crew Safety & Communications

2.4 Public Safety & Performance Issues

Session 2, Module 2: Operations and Maintenance Fundamentals – Tasks and Common Issues

This module covers routine operations and maintenance tasks, how and why they are performed, and recommend task frequencies for different types of SMPs. This section will also cover the diagnosis of common issues and how to tell if an issue requires evaluation for further intervention.

Courses include: 

2.0 Planting, Transplanting, & Seeding

2.1 Watering & Mulching

Session 1, Module 3: Monitoring & Maintenance

This module provides attendees with an understanding of what role prescriptive techniques play in the overall success of GSI and how monitoring can inform maintenance throughout the lifecycle of a project.

3.0 Inspection & Maintenance of Subsurface Elements

Session 2, Module 3: Monitoring & Maintenance

This module provides attendees with an understanding of what role prescriptive techniques play in the overall success of GSI and how monitoring can inform maintenance throughout the lifecycle of a project.

3.1 Monitoring & Maintenance

This year’s course takes place virtually from 2 – 5:30 pm on February 16, with an in-person classroom and field day from 10 am – 2:00 pm on February 17. The course is $150 for GSI Partners members and $225 for non-GSI Partners. To learn more and to register, click the below button. 

 

 
All participants will receive a certificate of completion. Unfortunately, professional grants will not be offered this year. If you’re interested in enrollment and can not meet the ticket amount, please discuss options with Alex Cupo, SBN’s GSI Partners Manager, at alex@sbnphiladelphia.org.